It goes without saying that training for any marathon involves plenty of running. However, The Boston Globe's fitness writer recently spoke to another marathon enthusiast and trainer, and discovered that it may be a good idea to break up the practice runs with Boston yoga classes or other exercises.
"Muscles need time to recover and rehabilitate between runs, so I would take it down to three – or at most four – runs per week," said certified personal trainer Peter Lavelle, as quoted by the news source. Making other physical activities a part of one's regimen can lead to less injury and shorter marathon times.
Globe writer Deborah Kotz suggests that swimming and cycling can condition muscles that are complementary to running. Resistance training can also strengthen the quads, shins, arms, abs and shoulders.
Yoga videos on YouTube may also provide a much-needed break from running.
Lastly, Lavelle pointed out that rest is an important part of any exercise regimen, especially after long runs.
The benefits of yoga extend beyond physical fitness, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The holistic healing technique can also improve mood and stress management.