When it comes to exercise, yoga has always been my first love; ashtanga yoga to be exact.
This type of yoga is highly structured, fast-paced and physically demanding. The same sequence is done in every class (I’m not kidding!). So, it’s no surprise that it appeals mainly to Type A personalities like myself.
I did ashtanga for several years, but gradually stopped as I gravitated towards slower-paced styles of this age-old practice.
Regardless of the type of yoga, stretching the body is always part of the workout. That’s something I’ve always enjoyed. A good stretch helps to relieve tightness in the muscles, and that feeling, for me at least, is simply shiok.
Whether you love or hate stretching, it should be an essential part of your exercise routine as there are many benefits you stand to reap. It improves your performance, increases your flexibility and mobility, and helps prevent injuries.
Not sure how to start, or want to learn new stretches? Turn to pg 40 where we’ve put together a list of stretch classes in Singapore worth checking out. The story is part of this issue’s running special, but trust us when we say that everyone can benefit from a good stretch.
There are more good reads in the special, from techniques and tips to help you train smarter, to the most common injuries and how you can avoid them. The best cross-training activities for runners are also highlighted.
On a related note, Shape Run 2017 is just around the corner on Aug 13. If you’ve signed up for it, I look forward to seeing you there!