4 Ways Yoga Can Benefit Runners

By
Jane Grates

If you ask most runners what the most important part of their training routine is, without a doubt, they will say that the miles are what matter. Given the option of running for 30 minutes straight, or doing some type of dynamic warm-up for 5 minutes, a 20-minute run, and a dynamic cool-down for another 5 minutes, they will without question say that the more miles, the better.

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