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Did you know stretching is supposed to be one-third of your workout? If you have time to go for a 40 minute run, you have time for minimum of 5 minutes of stretching before and after you exercise — your body will appreciate some TLC.
Before you start your stretch, jog for 5-10 minutes to wake up your body.
Stretch slowly, holding each stretch for about 30 seconds.
This routine will only take you five minutes, and will keep muscles from tightening up during the run.
Repeat the pre-run stretches after you cool down. It is very important to stretch after a run to prevent the buildup of lactic acid. It’s also important to drink water! You should shoot for 8 cups a day.
You’ll quickly notice the effects of stretching: muscles will recover with more ease from a tough workout, and before you know it you’ll be able to touch those toes!
Olivia M. Bowser
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