Any runners out there? Skip that old-school hurdler's stretch! Research shows that prepping your muscles with dynamic moves versus simply holding a position can help prevent injury and may even make running feel easier. (Who doesn't want that?) Try 2 sets of these four exercises from Paul Vincent, owner of Training Adventure in Los Angeles, before you hit the road, trail, or treadmill. Then, after your run, cool down with the roller backbend.
1. Single-leg hop: Works legs, butt, and core; stretches ankle extensors.
Stand with weight on left leg , right knee bent and arms at sides and squat [A].
Jump up as you reach arms overhead [B]; repeat. Do 5 reps, then switch sides to complete set.
2. Lunge twist: Works legs and butt; stretches hip flexors and back.
Stand with arms at sides and lunge forward with right leg until thigh is parallel toRead More »from The Anyone-Can-Run Running Plan