Yoga, Tai Chi, And Other Safe Activities During Injury Recovery

Our bodies are temples, and they deserve our utmost care. This is why we run. To honor our bodies, to serve our community, and to shape ourselves into the best people we can be. Nevertheless, just like anything else, it’s still possible for cracks to surface.

Indeed, suffering an injury is something that runners cannot escape. And if it happens to you, it’s important that you don’t have to hit the pause button indefinitely on being active. Take your cue from our staff members Windy and Carson, and look into taking some time to rest and usher in the recovery process. It’s important to remember that rest can be productive, as it gives your body time to heal. And with your doctor’s permission, you can also begin doing rehabilitative exercises on your road to recovery.

Dr. Michael Roizen, a New York Times best-selling author and wellness expert, asserts that exercise eases your recovery — as long as you pick the right activities. Roizen explains that physical activity helps regenerate skeletal muscles, and some forms of exercise can be better at this than others. That being said, here are some exercises you can perform to safely pick yourself back up from an injury you may have got from running.

Yoga

The 7,000-year-old practice has been lauded for many things. Researchers have pointed to its ability to improve flexibility, build muscle strength, and boost heart health, as well as relieve stress and manage anxiety. But did you know that a CNN report recommends yoga-based exercise to speed up recovery time?

The key, of course, is to adjust your yoga practice. Avoid the strenuous kinds of yoga like Vinyasa or Bikram, as they would require your body to exert a great deal of energy. Remember, your body is healing. Instead, look to practice Yin or restorative yoga that rebuilds your muscles and brain functions, cultivates mindfulness, and provides relaxation.

It is also essential to prioritize specific yoga poses to target your injury. If your hamstring injury is hurting, for instance, try practicing the Legs-Up-the-Wall (Viparita Karani) pose, as this lessens inflammation in the legs.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that aims to develop defensive skills, beloved by many for its strength and mental training. Dr. Peter Wayne from Harvard Medical School shares that tai chi improves balance, reduces the risk of falls, and provides mental clarity.

The practice can also help with recovering from Runner’s Knee, a common form of injury that impedes normal movement in your kneecap and results in aggravated pain and swelling. Researchers from the American College of Rheumatology explain that tai chi’s emphasis on slow and mindful movements, along with deep breathing, help alleviate muscular tension.

Community Centers

Run For Your Life is proud to be based in Charlotte, where more and more people are recognizing the importance of health and wellness with the help of community centers. The growth of these local fitness businesses is a testament to the desire for a healthier, more active community, which a post by Maryville University points out is also helping boost non-clinical healthcare positions. Not only does this make a difference in our community, but for the whole healthcare industry as well.

A rising number of fitness centers are helping make our community a healthier and happier one — from Charlotte Family Yoga that helps you test out your flexibility, to Functional Fit Charlotte and their focus on low-impact cardiovascular exercises that can help people with shin splints or similar conditions maintain good fitness levels without adding stress to their injuries. Or, why not head over to the US National Whitewater Center that also has recreational activities for recovery? You can travel along their trails, go kayaking, or go whitewater rafting with the family. You can also meet with healthcare practitioners at Greenapple Sports and Wellness, who can assess which sport best suits your injury recovery process.

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