Running Tips

Running Tips: The Best Stretches for Running

Ready to get into running? Running is one of the most popular exercises out there, with benefits from burning calories to improving heart health. Best of all? It’s free if you do it outdoors, or you can stay nice and dry by using a treadmill. Keep reading to learn our top running tips, including the best stretches for running

Top Running Tips

Here are our top running tips, relevant whether you’re a beginning or a running pro.

1. Invest in a good pair of running shoes.

Running is free, but if you’re able to, you should definitely buy some decent running shoes. They’ll make running more comfortable, protect your long-term foot health, and even improve your form.

2. Start with some pre-run stretches.

Stretching before a run is really important. Stretches warm up your muscles, get your heartrate up, and help prevent injuries while running. You don’t need to do anything too intense; a quick walk and some toe touches are a good start, and exercise such as squats and lunges will get your legs ready to go. You can also check out our guide on the best warm up exercises.

3. Maintain good form while running.

When exercising, good posture is crucial, and it’s no different for running. Keep your back straight and your head up, trying to avoid slouching. This protects your spine and muscles and helps prevent injury. You should also tread lightly, avoiding loud, clunky stomps and instead touching the ground briefly and lightly. This will not only help you cover more ground, but it’ll also reduce strain on your feet and ankles.

4. End with some post-run stretches.

Remember how we said stretching before a run if really important? The same goes for after a run. Post-run stretches cool your muscles down. Lunges and quad exercises are a good transition from running to rest, and doing a few hamstring exercises will help prevent stiffness and improve flexibility.

5. Take your time!

Running is not a marathon—unless you’re running a marathon, of course. Take your time and start out slow. It’s not about running the far; it’s about running smart. Don’t forget your warmup stretches and cool down exercises, and be sure to stay hydrated. We recommend planning your running route in advance so you know exactly how long you’ve got to go, and remember: the benefits of running come over time, not after one short, intense burst.

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Whether you’re a runner looking for training advice or you simply want to transition from the path to the treadmill, our friendly personal trainers are on hand at your local Gym and happy to help. Why not get in touch today and work with them to craft the personalised fitness plan you’ve been waiting for?

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