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Stretching and Core Stability Training are Essential for Runners

Core stability and stretching key for runners
Stretching the muscles and training the core are both exceedingly beneficial but often overlooked by runners, according to Jenn Sharp of The Starphoenix. Often, the problem is time.  With just half an hour designated for working out in an otherwise busy schedule, the instinct is generally to run the whole time because running provides an immediate return.  The sweat is tangible, and if on a treadmill the calories are quantifiable.  However, a spokesman from Zone Sports Physiotherapy said that the time would be much better spent on a 20 minute run followed by 10 minutes of stretching and core training.

Muscles that comprise the so called “core” absorb the many forces that the body encounters, and provide strength, control, and power.  Developing core stabilizing muscles has widely branching effects, and will improve performance in all other areas of physical activity.  It also reduces risk of injury during athletics.

The other key component to running is stretching appropriately.  For questions about proper stretching techniques, call podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will treat all of your podiatric needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

If you have any questions, please contact one our office in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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