Sunday, November 21, 2010

Work Your Shins, Avoid The Splints


Shin splints will absolutely ruin your running, and bring you to a painful, shattering stop. But instead of having to deal with all of this, why not just work your shins in the first place? Most people don't do this, and that is why they encounter shin splints in the first place. With some simple moves you can be pain free, and back on the trail in no time at all. Here is how to work your shins, avoid the splints.

Do Toe Raises

Stand on a bench or box with your toes hanging off of the edge of it. Your toes should be pointing toward the floor. Now raise your toes up as high as you can. Aim for parallel to the floor. Hold there for a few seconds. Do 5 or 6 more reps.

Stretch Your Shins

This may sound a little difficult, only because you probably haven't done it before. But rest assured, they aren't. Simply sit down on the floor or a mat. Point your toes as far forward as you can. Now reach toward your toes. Hold for 10 seconds, and repeat 3 more times. Easy.

A Few More Points...

-Make sure that you properly warm up your leg muscles before you workout. Do some slight jogging and proper stretching. Also make sure that you properly cool down. Do some very thorough stretching of your legs and focus on your shins.
-Another thing you might want to do is massage your shins. This will help break down the muscle, and make them more flexible.
-One more thing that you should definitely consider investing in if your an avid runner is The Stick. You roll it over your leg muscles, and it helps break them down, and remove waste build up. Truly wonderful for any type of runner.

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Follow these simple tips and you will be running pain free before you know it.

Dedication is Everything.

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