Monday, February 13, 2012

Should you stretch before you run?

I really wanted to let you in about a great program

There has been a lot of controversy lately about stretching before a running program and I really want to clear that up for you.
Some people are convinced that stretching before you run can cause serious injury. This is far from the truth if stretching is done correctly.

Should you stretch before you run?

According to the Stretching Institute yes, but it depends on the kinds of stretches you do and when.

There are two primary stretches...

  1. The Static Stretch 
  2. Dynamic Stretch
The Static Stretch 

Is when you are stay in one place and stretch and hold a certain muscle group without moving.

The Dynamic Stretch 

Is when you stretch a part of your body by moving from one place to another or moving a part of your body from one position to another.

Although this may seem simple, there are also stretches within each of these categories that can make learning stretches quite challenging.

Stretching is a very important part of the warmup and cool down stage of running if done correctly.
You watch people around stretching and can learn some bad habits that can cause injury to your running.
Learning to run or even being a long time runner needs the attention of stretching, because we lose our flexibility year after year. Not using stretching as part of your program can really hamper your performance.
If you want to learn more about Stretching I will leave this link to a great website...
The Stretching Institute..

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