“I think I need to stretch more.”
Do you believe this blanket and all-encompassing statement? I think we can all agree that most of us are coming to the table with varying amounts of running talent and variation in our anatomy.
Some of you may feel “stiff as a board,” while others feel more “loose” or “unstable.” Not in one of these groups? You likely fall somewhere in the middle.
It’s funny… with the growing knowledge of human anatomy and how it functions for given activities (ie running), we still find that most of the advice is trailing decades behind. In fact, most of the stretches were taught are sitting stagnant two. (Read this article to learn three stretches I hate, but are often used).
With over 650+ skeletal (movement) muscles in our body, there are some questions worth pondering.
- How do I decide what to stretch?
- What happens when our muscles become too stretched out?
- Do I need to even stretch in the first place?
I posted this video to Facebook the other day to answer the question. Take a look: