We all love the way running causes your endorphins to kick in to produce that wonderful runner's high. It's a great way to clear your mind while exercising your body.? But we can get impatient to start so it's easy to let those stretching exercises slip. But if you do, you are putting your body at risk. How so?
When you run your muscles are constantly moving. If you don't stretch those muscles before you begin a hard run, there is a much greater likelihood that they may pull or tear. If you stretch them correctly before you begin your run, however, the chance of damaging your leg muscles is much less likely.
What is the best way to stretch before a run? Experts say to always start slow and work your way? into an extensive series of stretches. This will get your muscles warmed up, your heart beating and your blood pumping. It will also get you in the right frame of mind for a good, long run.
Never ignore this important step before any type of physical work-out, running included. It is very important that your muscles get warmed up, flexed and stretched out before you put them through the paces of a vigorous run.
Start by just holding out your arms and reaching for the stars. Next shake your arms out. Now work on your legs:? Bend your legs a few times before you get into your regular stretching exercises. Work your way into five minutes of exercises that stretch all the muscles in your body (here's some examples). When stretching before a run, concentrate first and foremost on your leg muscles.
Yes, there is nothing more exhilarating than a long run to relieve the tensions of a stressful day. Running is a great way to reduce that stress while at the same time burning calories and exercising your muscles. Just be sure that you begin with the necessary stretching exercises - or it could put you out of action for days, if not weeks!