If you can’t, that may be ok.
According to recent studies stretching before or after exercise does not reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness.
In fact, some loss of flexibility can even improve your running economy. Think about a spring. When you run your connective tissues and joints tighten. This natural tightening can work as a spring which allows you to use energy from the impact of running to move you forward. Less energy to move forward? Yes please!
Boing – Boing – Boing
We are not recommending you completely quit stretching. Rethink how you use stretching as a tool to reduce injury, enhance performance and reduce soreness.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
Trigger Point – Trigger Point Therapy can relieve muscular aches and pains. It can also assist with the redevelopment of muscles and/or restore motion to joints. Trigger Point Performance Products are specifically designed to support the massage associated with Trigger Point Therapy. TP increases elasticity in specific areas and helps prevent and reduce pain. Running Wild Pcola offers free weekly TP class every Thursday at 12:30 am.
Dynamic Stretching – Controlled movements that improve range of motion while loosening muscles for sport. These movements encourage blood and oxygen to flow to soft tissue prior to exercise. Movements are similar to the sport or exercise that will be performed. The key word here is “controlled”.
We see many runners gettting injured due to improper stretching techniques. Think about your routine and how you can make a few changes to run better.
As always, stop by either location and let a staff member show you how to incorporate safe stretching into your fitness routine.