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Why Stretching After Running Is A Must

August 21, 2015

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We have stressed the importance of running time and again but in order to reap all the benefits it’s crucial that you stretch for at least 30-40 minutes after each running session.

Why? Well, because as healthy as running is as a physical activity, it also decreases flexibility by shortening your muscles.

This is not very popular with dancers, yogis, martial arts practitioners and anyone who values flexibility.

Luckily, the effect of decreased flexibility brought on by regular running can be reversed by stretching after each and every run.

Stretching should last for at least 30-40 minutes and should focus on your lower body.

One of the ways this can easily be achieved is if you combine running with yoga, that is, if your every running session is followed by a yoga class. This means that you would get to the gym a little bit earlier, run for 30 minutes, or however long you wish, and go to a yoga class right after.

Stretching at home can also be beneficial. All you need is a yoga mat and a few tips on how to do it properly, or more precisely, how not to overdo it. Listen to your body carefully and don’t push yourself too hard. Better yet, there should be no pushing in stretching. Period.

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