As a runner, you might think that all you need to do to improve your performance is to run more miles or add in some speed work.
However, there is one aspect of training that is often overlooked but can have a significant impact on your running: mobility work.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss why runners should prioritize mobility work and the benefits it can bring.
Why Runners Should Do Mobility Work?
Reduce the Risk of Injury
Running is a single-leg, high-impact sport that puts a lot of stress on your joints and muscles. This stress can lead to injuries such as IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. However, by incorporating mobility work into your training routine, you can reduce the risk of injury by improving the flexibility and range of motion of your muscles and joints.
2. Improve Running Form
Good running form is crucial for preventing injuries and improving performance. Mobility work can help you achieve better running form by improving your posture, hip mobility, and ankle mobility. For example, hip mobility exercises can help you maintain proper alignment and prevent your knees from caving inwards while running.
3. Increase Performance
Improved mobility can lead to increased performance by allowing you to move more efficiently and effectively. For example, better ankle mobility can improve your push-off and make your stride longer. Improved hip mobility can also help increase your stride length and improve your overall running economy.
4. Enhance Recovery
Mobility work can also help enhance recovery by reducing muscle soreness and promoting better blood flow to your muscles. This can help you recover faster from workouts and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.
How to Incorporate Mobility Work into Your Training Routine?
To incorporate mobility work into your training routine, you can add it to your warm-up and cooldown routine or do it on rest days. Foam rolling, stretching, and yoga are all great options for improving mobility.
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In conclusion, mobility work is an important aspect of training that runners should prioritize. It can help reduce the risk of injury, improve running form, increase performance, and enhance recovery.
So, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, make sure to include mobility work in your training routine for a healthier and more efficient running experience.
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