S-T-R-E-T-C-H On Your Off Days

Back StretchThere have been several articles recently by “experts” about the benefit of running fewer days and resting more.  This is especially true for the over-40 (or 50) crowd.  Running three or four days a week can help you train for a race and stay healthy doing it.  Over-training is the sure way to injuries.

But, if you feel healthy and want to run more days what do you do?  Certainly cross-training is a good option.  Light weights, swimming, biking can all help keep your fitness level up while resting your joints and running muscles.  But as you age, do not underestimate the benefits of stretching.  A short warm-up followed by a series of exercises for your back, hips, hamstrings, calf muscles and more may be the best use of your time.  Improving balance and flexibility will not only help your running but will help your overall fitness and health as you age.

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