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Runners: What stretches/exercises are most important to avoid injury?

I have been recovering from a tibial stress fracture for the past 6 weeks, and would like to minimize the possibility of being out of commission for such a long time again. I've improved my running mechanics (180 bpm cadence helped out a lot), but from what I understand, strong, flexible muscles are important in preventing injury as well. To this end: What exercises/stretches would benefit me the most for keeping good running form? What muscles should I be focusing on? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Aug 8, 2014 - 5 answers

An exercise plan that actually makes me sweat

So, I'm currently on a self-improvement kick that I'm looking to turn into a marathon. You might imagine that having cerebral palsy and being in a wheelchair adds a speedbump or two, and you'd be right. One of the things I've wanted to work on for a while has been my weight, flexibility and physical independence. I'm about 100 lbs overweight right now, and I know that much of the decrease in quality of life that I've experienced over the past few years has been my own doing. I either sit in the wheelchair, or a desk chair, or on a couch/bed. I never move. Ever. I know that needs to change, and I've spent considerable time researching wheelchair fitness, but haven't really found anything that fits my very particular needs. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Long lean legs

What can I do to make my legs slimmer and leaner? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

The Couch to 5K of Flexibility Training

Can you recommend a "Couch to 5K"-type plan for flexibility training? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Stretches for Weight Training

Looking for stretching recommendations for intense weight training program [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Nov 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Do I need to see a doc for plantar fasciitis treatment?

I know I have plantar fasciitis. I'm stretching and working to decrease my inflammation. Do I need to see a doc? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Oct 18, 2012 - 25 answers

Exercises, stretches, or other ways to relieve repetitive strain in shoulder and upper back?

Exercises, stretches, or other ways to relieve repetitive strain in shoulder and upper back? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Stretching like a ballerina?

How can I become as limber as a ballerina, without actually being one? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jul 24, 2011 - 19 answers

Flexibility and Range of Motion

I'm a (female, if it matters) beginning weightlifter trying to build lean muscle mass through exercise and a structured nutrition program. However, my progress has been stymied by my lack of flexibility and range of motion in my shoulders, hips, and legs, making proper form for squats and deadlifts very difficult. What are some exercises that I can do to correct this, and is there any hope that I'll ever be able to touch my toes? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on Aug 19, 2010 - 20 answers

How to cure my lower-left back pain.

I have pain in my lower-left back and occasionally in my left groin area. Does anyone who has had a similar problem know stretches or yoga techniques that will permanently alleviate this pain? [more inside]
posted by jasonmdennis on May 20, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm doing it wrong?

I think using an elliptical machine is causing tightness on the outsides of my ankles. What stretches should I do and what should I watch out for in my form while exercising? [more inside]
posted by doift on Apr 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Stretches for hip pain

I've been having moderate hip pain for the last two days, and I'm not sure what caused it. Either way, I was wondering if the hive mind could suggest some good hip stretches or exercises that might help alleviate the pain, or at least keep it from getting worse. Thanks!
posted by bjork24 on Jun 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Good stretches for an inflexible fellow?

I went to see my doctor yesterday for a running injury (IT band). He says that basically I'm fit but that I have the "flexibility of a two-by-four". He wants me to do a stretching regimen three times a day — more if possible. He showed me a couple of stretches, but I'd like to do more. Can you recommend any good individual stretches or stretching routines, especially for a novice runner (and especially for one having trouble with his IT band)? YouTube clips a HUGE plus. Yoga's fine, but there's now way in hell I can do the pigeon pose (I have the flexibility of a two-by-four, remember?).
posted by jdroth on Jun 17, 2008 - 18 answers

Gas crisis.

My own private gas crisis. Looking for a couple of simple stretches I can do. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Jun 12, 2008 - 6 answers

If only it were as simple as changing the oil

I could use some help loosening up for my return to cycling. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on May 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Why do I put my hands behind my head so much?

I put my hands behind my head a lot. I haven't always done it, and I don't like it. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Nov 9, 2005 - 13 answers

Tell me the great stretches, the ones that have not received their due.

Mudpuppie posted a great stretch for your back a few questions ago. So what are your favorite stretches...? What really helps your tired or sore muscles feel better? [more inside]
posted by humuhumu on Dec 16, 2004 - 11 answers

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