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Spring is just around the corner!

We are about one week into March, and despite the cold weather Spring is around the corner! Once the temperature starts to rise, many people begin running outdoors. While running is a great form of exercise, it often leads to overuse injuries. With that in mind, we will be posting a series of running-themed posts in order to prevent injury.

Our first post will be about something important for running: STRETCHING! Here is a helpful tip regarding stretching:
-Stretching before and after running: did you know you should be doing different kinds of stretches before you run than the ones you do after you run? There are two different types of stretches- static and dynamic stretches. Static stretches are the more “traditional” stretches, where you hold a stretched position for a certain amount of time. It is best to perform static stretching after exercising, when your muscles are warmed up and able to stretch. Dynamic stretches involve more active movement of the body part being stretched (think leg swings, high-knees, etc). It is best to perform dynamic stretching prior to activity because it prepares the body for the task it is about to perform. Here is a helpful link to further explain static vs. dynamic stretching:

http://www.livestrong.com/…/503162-examples-of-dynamic-exe…/

Stay tuned for a post later in the week providing examples of both static and dynamic stretching!