STRETCHING for RUNNERS
Running, like any form of exercise, can sometimes cause your muscles to tighten up. This post, the first of several about stretching and flexibility, will help you learn to keep tightness and soreness at bay. So find a quiet, comfortable spot and join Chicago Run coaches Casey and Izzy in our simple static stretching routine!
Just as there are many ways to run, there are many ways to stretch. Static stretching, or traditional stretching, is the most common form of stretching. Athletes in almost every sport utilize static stretching as part of their daily routine. Stretching, in any form, helps to increase mobility and to prevent injury. For runners, static stretching is not only beneficial, but also is a relaxing way to finish up a workout.
Remember that static stretching is most effective when done at the end of your workout, after your muscles are already warm. Here are five basic static stretches to get you started!