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The 8 Best Stretches to Do Before Running

Nothing can derail your fitness goals like an injury. Running with muscles that are cold and not properly stretched can result in a muscle strain that keeps you off your feet — and off the road or trail — for days, weeks or even months. Beginning each running workout with a 5- to 10-minute jog followed by stretching helps warm up your muscles sufficiently so they’re primed for your run, whether it’s a couple of miles or a marathon. Focus on stretching the major muscle groups used in running — the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals and hip flexors — and incorporate movements that also warm up the abdominal, back and calf muscles. On the next slides, we’ll show you the best pre-run stretches. To read more click here!