Prep Your Body Thoroughly With These Stretches For Runners
These stretches for runners are an important part of preparing for your run. They will...
- Increase the blood flow to your muscles
- Lubricate your joints
- Decrease the tightness in your muscles (without relaxing them too much)
- Increases your heart rate
- Put your muscles through their full range of motion.
All of these things increase your performance and decrease your chance of injury.
Before you do these stretches for runners, you should do 5-10 minutes of light aerobic exercise. This will raise your core body temperature and prevent stretching injuries.
Check out the stretches for runners below...
- Swinging leg (front)
- Swinging leg (lateral)
- Lunges with a twist
- Straight leg kicks
- Walking flamingo
- Lunges with knee up
- Groin stretch
Swinging Leg (Front)
This stretches your hamstrings and your hip flexors.
Swinging Leg (Lateral)
This stretches your inner thigh and outer thigh.
Lunges With A Twist
This warms up your glutes, thighs and core. Interestingly enough, it also relieves pain and tension in the region of your achilles tendon. This is a problem many runners encounter.
When doing the lunge make sure your knee doesn't move past your toes.
Straight Leg Kicks
Your hamstrings, vital for running, need to be warmed up well. This stretch is perfect for it. Swing those legs high and feel a nice (not sore) stretch.
It's also important to make sure your thighs are warmed up and stretched properly too.
Lunges With Knee Up
This stretches your glutes and puts them through their full range of motion.
This is a great stretch for your inner thighs and groin.
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