There are a lot of things that are important when it comes to running. Like you have to be sure that you have the best equipment possible before you start running, the clothes, the shoes, and even the watch that you use when you run will play a very crucial role in the quality of the exercise that you will have. Warming up is another important thing to do when you run. You need to do some warm up runs in order to get your body ready for a more strenuous series of workout. The important thing to remember when you are doing warm up runs is that it should be enough to let your sweat breakout but you should not tire yourself out so that it will have an effect on your actual run. Another thing that is just as crucial is doing some running stretches. Many runners forget to do this, especially those who are just starting out.
Here are just some of the reasons why stretching before running is very important:
1. Running stretches can help prevent injury. A lot of runners injure themselves because of neglecting to do some stretching first. The most common injury in such cases are pulled muscles like hamstrings and calves.
2. When your muscles are stretched properly you can also get better form when you are running.
3. When your muscles are stretched you can have longer and larger strides and a larger range of motion.
Here are 5 of the best running stretches that you should perform. Remember that each of these should be done for 30 seconds or more.
Stand straight and using your right hand try to touch the back of your left shoulder. Use your left hand to push it further. Repeat the same step after switching hands.
Stand up straight and then bend down to let your arms hang in the air. Remember to keep your legs straight if you have never performed this kind of stretching before you will get nowhere near to touching the toes on your feet, but that’s okay. Just by bending down you are stretching your hamstring already. The more you do this, the closer you will get to touching your toes.
Stand with your legs stretched out then bend down like you are doing some squats. Place your hands on the floor behind you and then try and tip your knees forward and down as you lean your upper body backwards into your hands. You should feel a deep stretch in your quads.
Sit down on the floor without any cushions. Now let the soles of your feet touch each other. Start inching your feet closer to your groin as much as you can. Don’t be frustrated if your can not get too near, if you do this often enough then your flexibility will definitely improve.
Sit down like you are going to perform a groin stretch but instead of placing the soles of your feet together, what you do is to straighten one of your legs with your hands. Try to see if you can touch your toes. Just repeat the same process with the other leg.
These are just some of the best stretches that you can do before each run. Find others to incorporate into your routine before or after your runs and you’ll find that your running performance improves over time. Stretching is crucial to your overall health but also to your enjoyment of running injury free for years to come.