Yoga builds strength
Running alone requires repetition of the same, high-impact movements. Practicing yoga will offset the one-dimensional nature of running by increasing flexibility and “strength in muscle groups that can stabilize the skeletal system,” says Kvasnic. Yoga poses help support core, quad, hamstring, and hip-flexor muscles, which will make you a stronger runner. Kvasnic notes, however, that runners should take care to do yoga properly. “Overstretching or even stretching incorrectly can actually tighten muscles,” he warns.