The runners are out now in full force, now that the weather is getting warmer. Our advice is simple, foam roll prior to a run to improve flexibility and form, gently stretch afterward to help with the healing and recovery process. Years ago, everyone stretched prior however, about 30 years ago, a group called SPRI from Illinois and Robert Gagda, in his book total body training challenged this philosophy by calling for pre-run exercises. Our recommended routine prior to a run includes the following:
Foam Roll is stiff prior to warming up
1. Hip extensions
2. Lateral leg raises
3. Core regimens such as the roman chair, sit-ups, bridges, etc.
4. Calf raises.
6. Balance on each leg 30 seconds.
End with Stretches as recommended by Runners World
Check out this advice from Runners World regarding after run stretching here