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Joined: 08 Dec 2004
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yoga and running Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 4:41 pm 

Along the lines of weight lifting and running, does anyone do yoga and run? I would think they would be pretty complimentary body types. And all that flexibility has got to be good for your running.

Or is yoga just not appealing to the types of people who generally get into running? I agree that it's a total fad right now which I expect to fade, while running is something people have done for ages and will continue to do for ever.


South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
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Re: yoga and running Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:22 pm 

I've always thought about trying Yoga, but I never seem to get around to it. I'm not very flexible and I think would have a hard start of it. But I've ready several articles lately that say that good flexibility isn't required for long distance runners and in fact it can be detrimental. The argument is that since running is a pretty linear sport you don't need to have flexibility to run well. And that the more flexible you are the more prone you may be to stress injuries. I don't buy it. Though I don't think you need to be real flexible to run well I think it helps to avoid and recover better from injuries.

But I think yoga has been around for a long time and I don't see it ever fading away. Everyone I've ever heard from who has spent time doing yoga says they love it. But then, I don't know anyone who has commited to doing yoga faithfully. They tend to go in and out of it. So, they may leave it but they always seem to go back to it again at some point.

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