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Ok, running a marathon is not anyone's idea of comfortable. But regular hip stretches can help mitigate the stiffness that often kicks in between miles 20 and 26.2, when your legs and hips realize that you have been out there running for a while. See the exercise section of the running.lifetips.com website for more stretches, but try this one:
Sit on the floor. Extend your legs in a V - shape. Bend forward from your waist as much as you can. Reach your arms out between your leg. Hold for 30 seconds.
Benefit: Hip and groin stretches help make running easier, especially at the end of long runs, and they can improve your overall flexibility, which can help prevent injuries.