June 13, 2012

Training Tuesday: Do you stretch?

Stretching is an important part of any exercise routine, especially running since we tend to get tight hamstring and calf muscles. I sometimes shortchange my workout by either abbreviating my post workout stretch time or eliminating it. For the rest of this year, I am planning a monthly goal. My June goal will be to stretch each and every day.

For runners, the four important stretches are:

  1. Glutes 
  2. Hamstrings
  3. Calves
  4. Quads

You do not need a lot of time to adequately stretch, just self discipline. Most running books include a chapter on stretching if you need tips on specific stretches and technique. My "go to" running book is Run Less, Run Faster, but even the running magazines will address stretching. Add 5-10 minutes to your workout and stretch...it will help you recover and avoid injuries.


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