At The Run Experience, we can all agree on one thing…running injury prevention is NOT an option! Take a look at our best running injury prevention tools for those tight hamstrings and “weaker than we’d like them to be” glutes!
As a runner, why is it so damn important to take care of yourself REGULARLY?
Believe it or not, those running injuries rarely come out of nowhere. Much like a car, repeated use combined with lack of maintenance leads to big problems.
If you’ve ever had to recover from an injury, you should agree that a few minutes a day giving some love to your muscles and joints pales in comparison to multiples weeks or months spent immobile, on your couch.
YOU are in control of what happens to YOUR body. Let’s look at what you can do before, during & after your workouts.
Today we’re focusing on the hamstrings and glutes, but realize that this kind of work can and should be done on other areas of your body as well.
Running injury prevention starts with regular maintenance of the flexibility and length of the muscles being used. Your hamstrings and glutes naturally get tight and short as you run, but it’s your job to get them back to their full range of motion/length each day.
Here’s what you can do before and after your next run:
A dynamic movement helps to lengthen and relax the hamstrings, without creating that uncomfortable tension or pull, often felt in a static stretch.
While stretching is important, it’s not the only piece of the puzzle.
The hamstrings and glutes are HUGE muscle areas, and together create most of your effort as you run.
In both areas, inflammation and pain can arise when the smaller muscle fibers and groups get tight and “stuck” together, making the individual fascia far less productive in producing strength.
In other words, if the smallest links in the chain aren’t being taken care of and therefore operating efficiently, our body will find ways to compensate, using other weaker areas to perform, often leading to overuse, pull and injury…in this case, usually in the low back.
Here’s what you can do to massage your HAMSTRINGS after your next run:
Here’s what you can do to massage your GLUTES after your next run:
You’ve got 1,440 minutes in your day.
If you can spend just 10 of those taking care of these important muscle groups, you’ll be able to hang onto better running form for longer periods of time and of course…you’ll keep yourself away from injury, and your couch!
Like we said before, your training is essentially worthless without regular running injury prevention! If your hamstrings and glutes are going to work for you, you’ve got to work for them too!
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