From laps in the pool to laps on the course, triathletes certainly know a thing or two about pushing themselves to the limit. But when the training day is over and it’s finally time to cool down, lengthening your hard-working muscles is important. And what better way is there to do that than with some yoga?

Whether you’re an avid yogi or yet to touch a mat, giving yourself time to stretch can be a calming way to not only aid in recovery but also re-center the mind. When it comes to triathlons, consistent training is the norm. However, constant strain on the body can often make athletes more susceptible to injury. With swimming, cycling and running comes the tightening of muscles in the legs, shoulders and hips. To aid in injury prevention, try jumping into a yoga class or adding some of the poses below into your regular schedule.

If you’re unsure of where to begin, remember it never hurts to consult your coach or doctor before making additions to your workout, especially if you have or are recently coming off of an injury.

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