Tag Archives: Flexibility

Heel Stretching Exercises

Heel Stretching is an important part of any workout routine. It helps increase your Heel flexibility and reduce your chances of injury. Heel stretching is also important during heel treatment therapy.

The following video demonstrates some heel stretching exercises that you can do to get a strong and flexible heel.

Hip Stretching Exercises Demo : Hip Flexor Exercise

The benefit of hip stretching is that it makes your muscles more flexible allowing them to extend back far enough behind you before it comes forward again. This flexibility allows you to run faster and stronger. It also makes you less injury prone.

The following images show types of hip stretching exercises you can do at home

Image Source : Warm Up Exercises

How To Do The Hip Stretching Exercises

Stretch until the muscle just begins to feel tight (stretch point). It is important to hold the stretch position for 20 seconds, relax for 10 seconds and repeat each exercise for each leg. The stretching program should last 10 minutes. A practical program is to perform each exercise 2 or 3 times on each leg.

Ryan Hall Asics Customised Running Shoes

Ryan hall is sponsored by Asics, a Japanese sports shoes maker. The shoes color are black and white.

The black and white Asics were custom made for Ryan Hall, so you wont see them in the running stores.

According to running competitor : His feet were measured from every angle, using cutting-edge technology, and his legs were measured for strength and flexibility in relation to other marathoners. Run testing on an indoor/outdoor track helped determine his ground impact, force and reaction time.

After 2 days of testing, researchers had the information needed to create a pair of shoes uniquely designed for Hall’s specific running mechanics. Read more @ running competitor

Nike Air Zoom Vomero + 2 : Best Running Shoe

In 2008 U.S Consumer report tested over 205 shoe brands and the Nike Air Zoom Vomero+2 was judged to be the best running shoe. The Nike Air Zoom Vomero+2 topped the rankings for men’s and women’s shoes.

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The Nike Air Zoom Vomero+2 scored top marks in :-

  • Cushioning
  • Stability
  • Flexibility
  • Weight
  • And Breathability …ah! according to CR, shoes that dissipate sweat quickly keep feet cooler and reduce the risk of bacterial or fungal infection.

Demonstration of How to Stretch Your Back

After suffering a lower back pain while I was cheering my national soccer team, I surfed the running blog sphere for information on low back pain exercise

I stumbled upon these lower back stretching images from a Karate website

Low Back Pain Exercise

When I was a kid my Idol was Bruce Lee. I was awed by his speed….and his ability to knock the hell out of the bad guys.

You want a body flexibility like of Bruce Lee? Try the above but be careful, some of these stretches can lead to tear if overdone.