Stretching is Crucial to Running Health
When it comes to stretching, this is one of those practices that you don’t realize just how important the act is until it’s too late. Going from 0 to 100 may be great for a race car, but it’s not so great on cold muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Stretching wakes up those muscles, giving them a chance to move before being worked vigorously.
Be sure to stretch before and after every run to loosen up the muscles. During a workout, muscles contract. After running, make sure to hold a few stretches to elongate and relax the muscles, especially those in your legs, calves, hips and glutes.