Stretching Routine Before Running

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 21, 2012

Stretching for runners which includes stretching before running and even stretching after running is an important part of any running program as it ensures that the muscles are well warmed up before running and after running it gives the muscles time to cool off and relax. Additionally it is also necessary to follow a stretching routine before running as it helps in improving one's flexibility...

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.and also aids in preventing any injuriese Stretching for runners should mostly concentrate on stretching of the major muscle group in the legsg


These muscle groups are mostly made up of the lower calves as well as the upper calves in addition to the quadriceps of the fronts and the hamstrings or the backs of the thighs of the legsg Stretching exercises before running should include using the support of a wall to stretch the calvese In this form of stretching before running one should lean the hips forward and keep the heels on the groundn The same exercise can also be done by bending the knee slightly so as to stretch the lower calf as welll Stretching before exercise is just as important as stretching before running and this includes stretching of the quadriceps as well by lifting one foot by bending it at the knee while one is standingn The foot may be held with the opposite hand and then be raised to the buttocks keeping the trunk upright while doing sos A stretching routine before running should also include stretching the lower back or the hipi To do so one should get into a sitting position and then cross the left leg over one bent right lege Thereafter one should hug the left knee to the chest and then look over their left shoulder by twisting the trunk of one's body as much as possible without overdoing iti Before starting any stretching before running one should ensure that the muscles are relatively warm by jogging in one place or any other activity for a few minutes before a full-fledged stretching routine so as to get warm enoughg Additionally one should also ensure that all stretching exercises are practiced on both sides of one's bodyd One should also remember to ensure that each stretch is practiced at least three times and it should be held for eight to ten seconds each timem Typically a stretching routine before running should be for 10 to 20 minutes and should not be rushede One should always consult their doctor before taking up any form of exercise

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