While usually overlooked, good balance is an important factor for your overall health and injury prevention. Poor balance can lead to falls and injury, especially for older people. By developing greater balance, you’ll improve your coordination and postural stability.
Sometimes we have to re-discover our love for running. In my case it’s been coming in waves over the past few months, but I can finally honestly say that I’m enjoying it again.
I had a forced few weeks off pretty much all exercise last month, and when I came back running and cycling were the only options. Now I’m REALLY not a fan of bikes (although I know spin is an excellent workout and I do try to fit it in semi-regularly), so running was pretty much the only option.
Everybody’s bodies are different and require trial and error to determine what will have it functioning at its optimal level. With this in mind, to figure out whether you should be stretching or not is entirely up to you!
Stretch tip #1: Focus on your breathing as well!
Personally, I love stretching before, after and even during my workouts. The reason I like to stretch a little beforehand?
When taking up an exercise such as jogging, more serious running or just about any physical activity that pushes your body beyond its comfort zone, you’ll need an appropriate pre and post exercise warm up and wind-down routine if you want to avoid injuries. In addition to this you should always remember to avoid eating at least one hour before you exercise.
It’s all part of the process of getting fitter faster while listening to your body’s needs and respecting its capacity.
A common area for problems when running is the foot and ankle region which is where most of the impact occurs and blood pressure increasing during training. Keeping your calf muscles flexible can help you avoid tendonitis and plantar fasciitis by softening the shock as your foot hits the ground. One popular injury preventive training method which focuses on flexibility and strength is the Wharton Performance Model.