Spring is the perfect time of year to resume outdoor runs! Temperatures have increased and runners should no longer have to contend with icy conditions after a long winter.

Whether you jog on a trail, beach or roadside, this activity builds muscle strength, burns calories and can improve mood. Before you take off running, warm up your body and remember to cool down with the following stretches.

Before Your Run

Pre-run stretches can loosen the muscles, joints and activate the nervous system. A proper warmup can decrease injury risk and put you in the right mental state to perform your best!

1. Standing Knee Hugs

To relieve back tension, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and lift your left knee. Balancing on your right foot, hug the left knee into your chest and hold. Repeat with your left foot on the ground and your right knee up.

2. Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch

Tight muscles where your thighs meet your torso can cause hip and back pain. To stretch your hip flexors, drop to your right knee and plant your left foot in front of you. With both hands on your left knee, lean forward and straighten your right hip. Hold, then switch legs.

3. Seated Hamstring Stretch

Stretching the muscles that connect to your hip flexors, glutes and calves can help prevent back and knee pain. From a seated position, extend your left leg and keep your right leg bent. With the right foot resting on the inside of your left thigh, bend forward and reach for your left foot. Hold this position, then repeat with the right leg out.

4. Downward Dog

This yoga pose stretches out the calf muscles. Starting on all fours, lift your knees and walk your feet back into a plank position. Keeping your arms straight, push your hips up, press your heels down and hold.

5. Seated Twist

To stretch the back of your thighs and buttocks, start in a seated position with your legs out in front of you. Cross your right leg over your left and plant your right foot on the floor with the knee bent. Twist to your right and gently press that knee inward. Hold, untwist and repeat on the other side.

After Your Run

Post-run stretches can help prevent muscles from getting tight, increase your flexibility and improve performance on your next run.

1. Standing Quad Stretch

To stretch the muscles that cover the front and side of your thighs, start with both feet on the ground. Pull your left leg behind you and draw your shin to your thigh. Hold, then switch to the right leg.

2. Standing Calf Stretch

Neglecting your calves after a run to increase risk for injury. To stretch these muscles, stand with one leg behind the other. Bend your front leg forward and keep the back leg straight. Gently rock forward and back on the bent front leg, then repeat with the other leg forward.

3. Iliotibial Band Stretch

The IT band runs along the outside of your thigh. To stretch these muscles between your hip and shin, cross your left ankle behind your right. Raise your left arm overhead and lean to that side, so you feel the stretch in your right leg.

4. Butterfly Stretch

In this position, you can stretch out the inner thighs and groin. Sitting on the ground, bend your knees to bring the bottom of your feet together. Holding your feet with both hands, lean forward and slide your heels toward your body, pressing your knees down.

5. Piriformis Stretch

To stretch this small muscle behind the gluteus maximus, lie on your back with your knees bent. Crossing your left ankle over your right knee, pull your right leg to your chest. Hold until you feel a stretch in the back of your thighs and buttocks, then switch to the other side.
 
Regular chiropractic treatment is great for runners! To ease joint pain and improve flexibility, contact The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury today.

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"The staff at Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury is wonderful. They take time to get to know you, personally. They all always have a smile to greet you with and are genuinely concerned for your comfort and well being. Dr DeFrancesco truly wants to make sure you understand your issues with your body and he takes time to explain what those are."
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When I first came, I was out of alignment and had joint soreness but through my continual sessions, my overall health has improved 100%. I want to thank all the staff for their support and education."
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"The single greatest team of professionals I’ve ever met and worked with. From the moment you step in, Brooke is absolutely wonderful and always so accommodating with scheduling and brings so much cheer to the office. Dr. Wade is a phenomenal doctor and completely transformed my back after a work related injury that showed underlying spinal conditions. I now am pain free in my day to day activities and back to my normal active lifestyle. Couldn’t recommend this practice enough to anyone and everyone."
Alexis F.
"I strained my lower back a month prior to an Ironman race. I was unable to sleep, walk or sit, never mind continue training as planned. The entire office staff is beyond kind, caring, professional and runs extremely smooth. I was explained every step and procedure, along with a patient education class that really helped me understand what was wrong with my back and steps to fix it. Dr Wade was able to get me sleeping, walking and able to compete in my triathlon. 5 stars for many reasons and would highly recommend."
Dylan H.
"I still can't say enough good things about Dr. D. and his staff. My level of care remains excellent and Dr. D continues to go above and beyond to take care of my family's health, even helping my daughter find and transition to a new chiropractor when she moved out of state. Truly a practice that cares about its patients!"
Lisa C.
"I absolutely love the care I receive here. I have been coming for the last 3 going on 4 years and my migraines and back pain are gone."
Renee D.
"Dr. Wade has been wonderful! I never thought spinal care was a preventative health measure until I started here. The entire staff are very accommodating and friendly! My back has never felt better! I plan to continue to come for maintenance."
Amanda S.
"From the moment you walk into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every single patient's name. They treat you like family and put a lot of emphasis on your care. I started coming to this office when my son was about 4 months old and now at 11 months old, I have seen SO much progress with his neck that I myself started to see Dr D. and I am very grateful to have found such a wonderful place."
Nichole C.
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin L.
"This practice has been the only place that got rid of my shoulder pain. Prior I tried an orthopedic and PT with no success. I was told it was just due to getting older. Dr. D doesn’t believe people have to live with pain and helped it go away. To top it all off, you never have to wait long in the waiting room."
Jennifer D.
"I felt heard, taken care of, treated with kindness and respect. Wonderful positive experience. A very welcoming office and staff. Definitely a five star establishment!"
Beth M.
"Dr. Wade and the front office staff are fantastic. The office is friendly and super efficient. I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes to be seen. Dr. Wade got my back feeling better. I’m feeling healthier and have much more energy."
Corey M.
"The single greatest team of professionals I’ve ever met and worked with. From the moment you step in, Brooke is absolutely wonderful and always so accommodating with scheduling and brings so much cheer to the office. Dr. Wade is a phenomenal doctor and completely transformed my back after a work related injury that showed underlying spinal conditions. I now am pain free in my day to day activities and back to my normal active lifestyle. Couldn’t recommend this practice enough to anyone and everyone."
Alexis F.
"There is no better place than Chiropractic Health Center, from the moment you step into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every patients name. They put a lot of emphasis on your care, you start feeling better with every visit. I would recommend this practice over any other possible treatment/office in the state."
Carlos V.
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"The staff at Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury is wonderful. They take time to get to know you, personally. They all always have a smile to greet you with and are genuinely concerned for your comfort and well being. Dr DeFrancesco truly wants to make sure you understand your issues with your body and he takes time to explain what those are."
Daniela P.
"I felt heard, taken care of, treated with kindness and respect. Wonderful positive experience. A very welcoming office and staff. Definitely a five star establishment!"
Beth M.
"Been going to The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury for over 5 years and it is always been a great, safe and welcoming experience! Cannot recommend it enough."
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