We know you’re forward-oriented (and Fast!), runner chicks. But, don’t forget your back! As we explained last month, running can easily tighten your chest, causing your shoulders to flop forward and your arms to cross your body when you run — not ideal. Those stiff pecs also overstretch aka strain your upper back by forcing your shoulder blades and surrounding muscles outside their optimal alignment to accommodate floppy posture. Optimal upper body posture and running form are dependent on both the strength of your back body, and the space/flexibility of your front body.
As a runner, you might be quick to stretch your hips and hammies (hopefully!), but your upper bod needs some lovin’, too! When overlooked, stiffness in the chest and shoulders can mess up your form and steal your endurance — not to mention hurt your performance. The solution? Open up that chest! This three-pose sequence will effectively stretch your pecs and shoulders so that you can maintain stronger posture and upper body form when you run.