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How yoga can help your running

June 3, 2018
Health Train

How yoga can help your running

June 3, 2018

When you think about it yoga and running couldn’t be any more different as forms of exercise. Which is why I think they work in perfect harmony together. Since implementing yoga into my training regime I’ve found my strength training and running improve dramatically. It’s also triggered more of a conscious effort around stretching and mobility.

The reason yoga is so good for runners is because it helps develop muscular strength, flexibility, and balance, which can reduce the risk of injury, and it also helps you improve your mental focus and breathing efficiency for running. On the flip side running complements yoga really well because it boosts cardiovascular fitness.

I got injured last year because of running. I got a top of femur/hip stress fracture which meant I couldn’t exercise hard for around 6 months. At the time I got the injury I was literally running myself into the ground. For some reason I had stopped my strength sessions and yoga and all I was doing was running every day (lets just say I was a little addicted). Anyway, I learnt the hard way. I am almost certain that my imbalanced training lead to my injury and it’s something I will not be doing again!

Currently my weekly training looks like this:

  • Cardio 3-4 times per week 45mins+ per session
  • Strength 3-4 times per week 45mins per session
  • Yoga 1-2 times per week 1hr per session


  • Barre Body (when I can) – usually Barre Cardio 1hr per session

Now that I am training a running group for the city 2 surf I will be hammering into them the importance of strength and yoga to complement their training. As they say: ‘everything in moderation’ and this couldn’t be more accurate! A good balance whatever your training goal is is so important (this goes the same for diet too!)

Wearing: Cotton On Body

At: Oski Yoga

If you have any questions or feedback on this post I would love to hear from you x x x



Sophie is a true advocate for health and wellbeing. She aims to educate and share her knowledge in the realms of healthy eating, fitness and eco-friendly living. Sophie is qualified in various health and fitness disciplines and has a personal passion for Mindfulness and Happiness. She is also a qualified lawyer with an interest in Human Rights and Environmental Law.

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  • Reply Nic Makim June 4, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Hi Sophie,
    Love your style of writing and content in this post. I love jogging but need my yoga as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Sophie Benbow June 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Oh thanks Nic πŸ™‚ Yes a good balance is SO important! I learnt the hard way after my injury! Great to hear from you x x

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