Anyone who has ever run knows that stretching is important—but did you know that there are specific stretches you should do before running? Stretching helps to warm up your muscles and prevents injuries. In this post, we’ll discuss the best stretches to do before running, as well as how to perform them properly. So whether you’re a beginner runner or a seasoned pro, be sure to read on for some helpful tips!
- Stretch your hamstrings by bending down to touch the ground with one hand and then standing up again
- Bend over at a 45 degree angle, hold for 10 seconds, and repeat 3 times
- Tighten your calf muscles by sitting on the edge of a chair or bench with your feet flat on the floor in front of you
- Cross one leg over the other and lift it as high as possible without pain or discomfort
- Stand up straight with arms outstretched overhead, bend forward from hips until hands are just above knees, then return to upright position
- Perform arm circles – stand tall with arms relaxed at sides; swing them in small clockwise circles for 15-20 seconds before switching directions (right arm moves counterclockwise)
The stretches we’ve covered in this blog post are some of the best for runners to do before they start their run. If you’re not sure where to start or how to perform these stretches, be sure to consult with a medical professional before trying them yourself! And don’t forget about our stretch routine video later on in this article. It’s full of helpful pointers and will help get your muscles warmed up and ready for exercise!