As a valued partner of the Indy Mini, we cannot stress
enough the importance of establishing a 10–15-minute stretch routine before and
after any physical activity, especially running! Your muscles like to be
prepared for activity and jumping right into a run without stretching is
guaranteed to send them into shock and could potentially result in an injury.
Not to mention, stretching often improves the quality of a workout.
activity often involves stress to the muscles we use. A muscle that has been
stretched is more prepared to handle and resist stress than a muscle that has
not been stretched. When we engage in physical activity, our heart rate
elevates in order to deliver fresh oxygen to the muscles responsible for
getting us through our workout which is why it’s beneficial to stretch prior to
a workout. When we use our muscles, lactic acid builds up inside them. When
this acid settles into our muscles, it causes them to become stiff and
sore. Stretching post-exercise aids in sending blood flow directly to the
muscles that have the most lactic acid. This improves recovery and alleviates
soreness after strenuous exercise. Stretching helps us relax your muscles and
prevents pain and stiffness later.
For runners, you should focus on stretches
that focus on your legs, back and hips. For all you runners out there, we have
developed a video that walks you through a stretch routine that can be used
before and after your run. Enjoy!
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