It’s well known that appropriate warming up and cooling down will improve performance and often more importantly help with recovery, so here are some tips to help you enjoy the run and feel better afterwards:
Warming Up, Muscle Stiffness can be related to muscle injury and a good warm up will help prevent this and allow you to complete the race.
Dynamic stretches are more appropriate to the warm up as they help reduce muscle stiffness. Static stretching exercises do not reduce muscle stiffness. For further information and an example click here.
Why Should I complete a warm up before the marathon?
Firstly, your performance may be improved, as an appropriate warm up will result in an:
Cooling downshould consist of the following:
Static stretches are more appropriate to the cool down as they help muscles to relax, realign muscle fibres and re-establish their normal range of movement. These stretches should be held for approximately 10-15 seconds.
What are the benefits of a cool down?
An appropriate cool down will:
Often after all of the training and running, participants experience an array of musculoskeletal problems which come as a result of an injury, incorrect technique or an overload of stress and fatigue on the body. If you experience any discomfort that you are unsure about make sure you seek professional health advice earlier to help prevent long term problems.
"I hope you all enjoy the first Shrewsbury marathon and have all the success and happiness of achieving your goals, whether it’s simply completing the event or achieving a specific time."
Dr Glenn Fredericksen is the owner of Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic on School Gardens, castle gates, Shrewsbury. If you are need of help after the marathon or wish to include Chiropractic care in your health regime phone today on: 01743 493 091. For current offers click here. Find Glenn on Google+.
By Glenn Fredericksen
Member since: 2nd February 2011
I started Shrewsbury Family Chiropractic in 2011 to provide a more positive service and approach to maintaining great levels of health and well being. I enjoy working with people of all ages and the warm...