4 Ways Yoga Primes You for Running

If you can't remember when you last exercised with shoes on, it’s time to give running another shot. The good news? Your body is ready.
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If you can't remember when you last exercised with shoes on, it’s time to give running another shot. The good news? Your body is ready.

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If you can't remember when you last exercised with shoes on, it’s time to give running another shot. The good news? Your body is ready. Lace up for our 10-Day Endurance Primer, starting May 20 on Instagram, to pick up tips on stride, recovery, and more. Bring on the sweat!

Whether you have caught the running bug, are looking to add some cardio to your fitness regimen, or have recently accepted a challenge to sign up for a race, way to go! While yoga provides a wealth of benefits, most of us don’t practice asana at an intensity that truly challenges and increases cardiovascular capabilities the way that running does. And the good news is you don’t need an all-out sprint to reap the metabolic rewards; even relatively low-intensity running creates change on a cellular level by enhancing the body’s ability to break down nutrients into usable energy more efficiently. While embarking on your first (or first-in-a-while) endurance training program might seem intimidating, as an active yogi, you’re actually far better prepared than you might think. Here are some pointers for putting your existing yoga skills to use when you hit the track, trail or road.