Expert Running Tips for Spring

Expert Running Tips for Spring

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“The next time you gear up for a workout, instead of holding each stretch statically for 30-90 seconds, stretch dynamically by physically moving in and out of a stretch for several repetitions.

Although static stretches (such as the runner’s calf stretch) can be very effective when a joint or muscle group is proportionally tighter than the other side, if you only practice this type of stretching, you can inhibit muscle activity and diminish tone rather than enhance it. Try exercises such as leg and arm swings that use constant movement to lengthen your soft tissue and free up your joints. These exercises are great before a workout since they enhance joint mobility, coordination, muscle activation and signaling.”

Bill Fabrocini, physical therapist and contributor to Thinner This Year.

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