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If you hit the treadmill, trail, or road most days of the week, here are some reasons you should spend some time on a yoga mat.
- An Easier Time on Hills All those standing poses like Warrior variations, Fierce, and Goddess are yoga's version of squats and lunges. Within a few yoga classes, you'll notice that your quads, hamstrings, and glutes feel stronger while running, which means an easier time tackling inclines, declines, and uneven terrain.
- Less Huffing and Puffing Yoga teaches you how to take full, deep breaths and to connect your breath with your movements, making oxygen use more efficient. All that deep breathing on the mat will also increase your lung capacity so you're less likely to gasp and struggle to catch your breath while running, especially in high humidity, cold air, and when doing sprinting intervals.
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