Every Runner should stretch after run. Running is an activity that requires moving your body in a specific pattern for a prolonged period of time. This continuous stretching and flexing in a repetitive way to propel you forward strains many body muscles – which ultimately results into stiffness, dehydration of all soft tissues (muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments).
To reduce this uneasiness and fasten the recovery process, you need to re-hydrate yourself as soon as you finish your runs. It’s even better to have an electrolyte solution post-run to drive water quickly into dehydrated tissues/cells.
Once you had some hydration you must to do a 15-20 min easy stretch-out (preferably while lying down on your back and then face down) for entire body (legs, spine, shoulders and neck) to relieve stress from key muscles and to realign your body. This helps in reducing overuse injuries and aids in faster recovery. Consume a Carbs plus Protein meal immediately after your stretching exercise.
Stretching has been hotly debated in recent years. There is no evidence that static stretching prevents injury or improves performance, experts now say. In fact there’s some evidence that it can hurt. When it comes to staying injury-free, functional range of motion is more important than flexibility.
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