HERE'S A 2 FOR 1: HOW TO STRETCH & WHAT TO WEAR FOR COLD RUNNING
After a long run or just days of consecutive runs my hip flexors get extremely tight. Hip flexors are essential in maintaining a long comfortable stride. But when I don't warm them up and warm them down, they are the culprit to most of my lower body pain. As a dancer, I'm pretty flexible. This means that I will have to go deeper and hold the pose longer to reach the limit that my body needs. If you're not as flexible, you may feel the stretch in the front of your leg a lot quicker and with higher intensity. Whatever you do don't give up on the position. Commit and breathe for at least 30 seconds. Just like wine, you'll get better at this with time. Try it out!
As you scroll down to check out the stretch, I have coordinated the perfect outfit for a cold weather run. I've been getting this question a lot. So here ya go! While this outfit works for me, I encourage you to try out some adidas Climaheat and see what fits your run style.
1.Get down on your knees with both knees under your hips. 2.Plant your right foot in front at a 90 degree angle.
3.Lower your hands to the ground on either side of your front foot. 4.Slowly bend your right knee and slide your left leg back while lowering your hips down until you feel a stretch in the front of your left hip. 5.For a deep stretch, place your hands on your front knee and keep torso straight. 6.To increase the stretch even further, lift your left arm overhead and side bend to the right. 7.And to go to the max, reach back to bring your foot towards your body.
8.Stay here for at least 30 to 45 seconds.
9.Then release and do this stretch on the other side.
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