Stretch, stretch, and stretch. Then when you're done stretching, stretch again.
Keep the muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc limber as best you can, and until your bone density adapts and your soft tissues get used to running, only do it every other day, at most. Even taking two days off between runs is OK.
Fitness Minutes: (235,940)
3/27/13 2:00 P
How long have you been trying to run ? It may be that one mile might be too much for your body to handle if you've been sedentary for a long time. Are you doing a Couch to 5K program ? If you're brand new to running, you might try that program. A couch to 5K assumes no prior running experience. You'll start with a walk/run combination to slowly increase your endurance.
Some of your stiffness may be a result of you doing too much too soon. Try the couch to 5K program to slowly ease into a regular running routine.
Do you wear high heels ? If you wear high heels regularly, transitioning from the heels to running shoes and back could also be a possible cause of your stiffness.
Also, were you fitted for your running shoes ? If not, wearing the wrong type of shoe could be another cause of the stiffness. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause shin splints, joint problems, etc... If you weren't fitted for your running shoes, consider going to a reputable running store to be properly fitted. shoes might be the problem too.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,692 3/27/13 1:15 P
Beginning runners are recommended not to run every day. It takes time for your musculoskeletal system to adapt to the rigors of running, and running too often is not recommended. It sounds like you're doing a lot. Do you have regular rest days, or are you just restin when you feel like you've done too much?
I would recommend three changes:
1) Take regularly scheduled rest days, particularly between running days. 2) Add real strength training (not JM's cardio with weights) 3) Consider yoga. Yoga will improve flexibility and balance, and help with that stiffness.
If it persists, you might want to talk to your doc... it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. (it may not be, but better safe than sorry!)
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
Hey guys, I'm been trying to walk/jog a mile a day. plus do the 30 day shred. However, I have taken a few off days when needed. But lately I am so incredibly stiff...not sore...stiff! My legs don't seem to cooperate. I warm up, cool down, and stretch properly. So whats up?
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