More and more people are picking up running as an exercise. However, don’t forget the importance of proper stretching! Stretching increases flexibility and may help to prevent injuries and strains, as well as to reduce post-training soreness. When stretching, go slowly and gradually, avoiding bouncing movements; Hold stretches for at least twenty seconds and up to sixty seconds. While not a problem in the summer, stretching when muscles are cold may strain muscles. Most of these tips are common sense but many people get injured because they take shortcuts. So, stay on course and take care of your body and you’ll get the most out of your running routine! Questions? Just email a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of Lamey-Wellehan’s certified pedorthists will answer it!