What You Should Do Before Heading Out for a Run

Spring is here and it’s a great time to bring your exercise routine outside. One great way to get motivated and keep up with a program is to sign up for one of the many 5k races offered throughout the area. If you’re new to running or if you’re a little rusty after a long winter spent hibernating on the couch, take the time to loosen up before you head out with dynamic stretching, such as jogging in place. “Dynamic stretching is ideal because it helps to circulate the blood flow before a run,” says Lisamarie Puglisi, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, of Mather Hospital’s Outpatient Physical Therapy Department. An avid runner, Puglisi completed the Long Island Half-Marathon, competed in a number of 5ks and can often been seen in her neighborhood with a jogging stroller in tow. Here are some examples of dynamic movement: Puglisi says that it is most beneficial to focus on static stretches of the larger muscle groups after the run to avoid tightness. “This is when your muscles are most pliable and respond best to stretching,” she says, adding that you should not overstretch to the point of pain. Here she demonstrates some static stretches: The best thing about running is you can do it pretty much anywhere–on the treadmill in the gym, around your neighborhood or the track at the high school. If you like to train off the beaten path, check out these resources for trails in Suffolk County: Suffolk County Parks with Hiking Trails Suffolk County Hiking and Biking Trails

About Mather Hospital

Mather Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of health care services of the highest quality to the residents of Suffolk County in a cost effective manner. As members of the Mather Hospital Family - trustees, medical staff, hospital staff, volunteers and benefactors - we are committed to providing care to the best of our ability showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. We will meet or exceed each patient's expectations through the continued collaborative efforts of each and every member of the Mather Hospital Family.
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One Response to What You Should Do Before Heading Out for a Run

  1. stephen nolan says:

    I can appreciate suggestions for exercise, but many seniors like myself at 75 yrs old have many battle scars, like bad backs and knees from doing tile work on floors etc. To suggest jogging as one of many other forms of exercise ok, but just don;’t come up with one, jogging.
    My wife and I go to the gymn during the winter months 3 to 4 times a week, , now just 2 to 3 times /week, other days we’ll walk for 30 to 45 min in a park, of ride a bike in a park for 30 min.
    We believe in mixing it up, and yes, we do do exercises for our back before we eat in am, and of course before we walk or bike, and after.

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