Ultramarathons. What , why and how are the questions I'm most commonly asked. Hopefully you find some answers here from my own personal perspective. My other blog at www.mile27.com.au/blog is full of information on running and health and fitness in general.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Dynamic Stretching - reduce your risk of injury and improve your flexibility, strength and performance

I have discussed stretching in a number of blogs and in-particular the benefits of dynamic stretching. To most runners dynamic stretching consists of swinging your legs forward and back and side to side and kicking your bum with your heels. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this there are far more effective ways to go about it. This blog will go over the principles of dynamic stretching and show you how to dynamically stretch your hip flexors.

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Jumping and Jopping for Runners

Last week I wrote about the benefits of plyometric training for runners and why it should be done incorporating three planes of movement. I had a few requests for a video of the exercise routine to better understand how to do it. I hope this helps.

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Hop , Skip and Jump your way to becoming a faster runner

Most runners spend almost 100% of their training time actually running. This is based on the mistaken belief that if you want to become a better runner then you should simply run more.

The reason this is misguided is that our running technique and efficiency is dependant on the strength and flexibility of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia of our body. If we take this as set in stone and unchangeable then running more is the only way to improve your ability to run. However this is not set in stone , we have the ability to change the strength and flexibility of our body and therefore change the way we run.

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