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A runner's body can take quite a pounding via the course of time. Gravity is likely a runner's worst enemy, as the continuous impact of every single step of each foot hitting the ground forces your spine and joints in your body to compress. Below you'll find a few basic stretches for runners that can save you plenty of discomfort while your running, or resting.


1. One of the very best stretches for runners is to slightly bend your knees and with a straight back; bend over, touch your toes and maintain for 15 seconds or a lot more. Release and repeat 5 times. Wonderful for entire upper torso, hamstrings, calves and hips.


2. Locate a wall, or stable object that can support your weight; with your left hand on the wall, reach your right hand down behind your right leg, grab a hold of your left ankle and pull your left foot up to your appropriate buttock. Hold this stretch for 15 seconds or much more, then do the same for your other leg. This fitness tip will really target your hips and quadriceps.

3. Place either hand for the opposite shoulder (I.e., right hand on left shoulder) from behind your head; next take the free hand and lightly push down on the elbow from the arm which is behind your head. This exercise loosens up the upper human body and targets areas with the lower back.


By doing the three stretches for runners shown above, you are able to be certain your body is ready for every run you take. Don't stretch too much just before your run, particularly when your muscles are cold. It's far better to stretch a little, run lightly for a mile, then stop and truly stretch it out. Cold muscles are more susceptible to tearing, so make sure they're warm before you go mad with your stretches.

REMEMBER: Stretch just before, during and after every run to keep your muscles limber and ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

 

 
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