It’s that time of the year again, the days are getting shorter, and the mercury will be plummeting into the negatives. If you’re lucky enough to be in the southern hemisphere, (or in Toronto where Mother Nature likes to tease us with warm weather in early November), you can skip winter and go straight to my ‘It’s Getting Hot Out There’ guide.
I’m Danielle, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified yoga teacher, and runner. I’m here to share some information on yoga’s benefits for runners and how to incorporate yoga into your training plan by answering some of the most common questions I get asked.
Tempo and long runs along with some cross-training tend to get the majority of attention from most runners and their training schedules. It mixes it up and has some of the biggest benefits. Some may even throw in some hills as a strength training workout. It has been normalized in a sense that after a hard workout or that long run, to have a couple of days to recover and allow the body to rest and develop.
I first started running as a way to get healthy. I am the heaviest that I have ever been and have type 2 diabetes. Exercising and losing weight is a way to manage my type 2 diabetes. I felt that running would be a great way to exercise and become healthy again. I have never really run before, except in high school, when we had to do the mile run each year in gym class. But when I first started running, I actually loved it!
We started the new year facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases climbed, borders closed, flights canceled, and governments mandated social distancing. People were left to adjust their routines and habits during these difficult times.
You can get back on track by disciplining yourself and bettering yourself physically. And how do we do this? I think virtual runs are an excellent alternative and motivator. Although starting my training a year and a half ago, I am still a relative newbie to the running world. I participated in community group runs before, but honestly, they intimidated me.
The term virtual is somewhat misunderstood in this case as it suggests only treadmills or maybe even virtual reality solutions.
I have been using Strava for about a month, and it has been an enjoyable experience.
Fitness is an essential part of our daily lives. It can improve quality of life and reduce the risk of injury.