Monthly Archives: June 2010

Yoga for Runners (Part 2 of 2)

Last week we left off with descriptions of the Squat Pose and Low Lunge.  Today we break down 3 additional poses selected with the specific needs of runners in mind.

Standing Wide Angle Forward Bend: Many people enjoy this pose for no reason other than because it just feels good!  Continue reading

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Yoga for Runners (Part 1 of 2)

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!” (author unknown)

Two topics can be counted on to crop up in any conversation between two runners.  First, there will be juicy details about the latest run.  This will likely be followed by commiserations over the most recent injuries or nagging pains.  After all, anyone putting in enough miles can count on experiencing their share of stiff hips and tight quads.  Fussy hamstrings or tight calf muscles.  Low back tweaks or a random hitch in their gitty-up.  Many of these issues are directly attributable to repetitive use; runners get used to living with overuse injuries. Continue reading

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Reasons to Exercise (Part 3 of 3)

Here is your third, and final, set of 10 persuasive reasons to exercise.

  • Exercise provides opportunities for social interactions that couch potatoes miss.  Sure, watching the Super Bowl is great fun for everyone, but wouldn’t you rather be laughing and trash-talking with friends while tossing the ball and running yourself?  Taking a walk with a buddy?  Puddle splashing with your kids?  Have you considered running or walking to support your favorite charity?  There’s a word you used as a child when you wanted some exercise – you called it “play” and, most likely, you “played” with friends! Continue reading

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Reasons to Exercise (Part 2 of 3)

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is your second set of 10 compelling reasons to finish surfing in cyberspace and get your body moving.

  • Although it won’t take care of hot flashes, exercise can help cope with stress and anxiety that often accompanies menopause.  Researchers have found that not only do the symptoms of menopause drop with as little as 3 hours a week of exercise, but measures of physical and psychological functioning and positive state of mind actually improve.  (We advise friends and partners of menopausal women to exercise, as well, and to always remember that they’re safer teasing a grizzly bear than telling her she’s cranky.) Continue reading

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Reasons to Exercise (Part 1 of 3)

You know you need to do it, so we’re not going to hit you over the head with a zillion reasons why you should “Drop and give us ten!”   Instead, we’re going to share just 10 at a time.  What follows is the first of 3 sets of 10 repsContinue reading

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