Studies have shown that less flexible runners have greater running economy. With so much focus on the importance of stretching you may be wondering how this makes sense. Why stretch if it decreases running economy and why is running economy improved if you are less flexible? Is stretching making us slower runners?
Following on from an earlier post on Dynamic Stretching this weeks video blog explains how to stretch your calves in a dynamic manner specifically for running or walking.
Following on from an earlier post on Dynamic Stretching this weeks video blog explains how to stretch your glutes in a dynamic manner specifically for running . I have detailed a few ways to increase the stretch in the forwards sideways and rotational directions. Whichever option feels the tightest is the one you should do […]
I have discussed stretching in a number of blogs and in-particular the benefits of dynamic stretching. To most runners dynamic stretching consists of swinging your legs forward and back and side to side and kicking your bum with your heels. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this there are far more effective ways to go […]
A while back I wrote a blog on stretching where I discussed the benefits of dynamic stretching in terms of warm up and injury prevention and the limitations of static stretching. I have just discovered some new research that further condemns static stretching. Before I discuss that I want you to think about why we […]
Two common beliefs with regards to stretching are that we must stretch before we work out to help prevent injury and prepare us for our workout and that we should stretch after a workout to help decrease muscle soreness. Unfortunately although the first one is true, the way most people go about doing it has […]