There are more yoga poses than many of us will ever know, and nearly all of them can benefit runners and cyclists (and people in general). I’ve found that these five poses in particular help me relax the muscle groups that tighten up from running and cycling, and strengthen the lateral-moving muscles that don’t get as much attention during those activities.
Try adding this 5-minute sequence to your post-run or post-cycling routine. You body will thank you!
5 Yoga Poses for Runners and Cyclists
Wide-Legged Forward Bend – Hold for 30 seconds
Side Plank – Hold for 1 minute on each side
Toe Squat – Hold for 30 seconds
Fire Log Pose – Hold for 30 seconds on each side
Wall-Supported Diamond Leg Stretch – Hold for 1 minute
I put this one last in case you want to hang out here longer. If it feels good, stick around for more than 1 minute! Click HERE for step-by-step instructions for the pose (image #3 in the slideshow, courtesy of Yoga Journal)