3 Simple Stretches To Prevent Running Cramps

Cramping up on your morning runs? Try these on-the-road stretches for immediate relief.



Bring In The Stretcher

Cramping up on your morning runs? Try these on-the-road stretches for immediate relief.

1. Superficial Calf Stretch

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Stand with one foot in front of the other, front knee slightly bent. Keep back knee STRAIGHT with your heels on the ground. Keep spine in a neutral position with abs and glutes tight. Feel that stretch all along your back leg? Hold it for 30 seconds or until the cramp stops. Switch legs and do it again. That’s one rep; complete three times.

2. Deep Calf Stretch

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Stand with one foot in front of the other, front knee slightly bent. Keep back knee BENT with heel on the ground. Keep spine in neutral position with abs and glutes tight. Feel that stretch along your calf and back leg? Perfect. Hold it for 30 seconds. Switch legs and do it again. That’s one rep; do it three times.

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3. Thigh Stretch

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While standing, grab the ankle of the cramping leg. Pull ankle behind, towards your butt. Make sure your back stays straight and doesn’t arch (try focus on keeping your abs and glutes tight). Hold stretch for 30 seconds or until the cramp stops.

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