Let’s talking stretching and running – or any form of cardio. Do you need to do it for the sake of injury prevention? Probably not as there really isn’t any evidence suggesting that it helps with that.
However, for some of us, stretching or mobility work may decrease the experience of joint discomfort or pain if we do it before or after cardio. This probably has less to do with actual changes to your muscles and more to do with how it can calm down the nervous system.
The best way to know if this will be helpful for you is to try it. So with that in mind, here’s a short video with some of my favorite feel good stretches to try before or after your walk, run, or next bout of cardio!
Running Stretches for Less Stiffness Video