As the world changes its work and fitness routines during a global pandemic, one tried and true activity has gained momentum above the rest: Running. Unlike most sports, running doesn’t require much. You need a good pair of running shoes, some sweat-wicking clothing, and a bit of mental fortitude. And of course, 6 feet of space between you and the next person running along the bike path.
While running is a simple, meditative sport, we mustn’t forget how important the smaller details are–most notably stretching. Warm up routines involving dynamic stretches and technical drills activate our muscles and help prevent injury. A 2007 Sports Medicine study showed that at least 30% of injuries coming through clinics are skeletal muscular, and that goes for both professional and recreational athletes.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete looking to start running again, or you’re just looking for new ways to stay fit, the following stretching routine will get your blood flowing, activate your neuromuscular system, and help you focus on form and technique prior to your run.