Join Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, for part 3 of our stretch series. Today's stretch focuses on our hip flexors, a group of muscles in the area where the thighs meet the torso. Tight hip flexors can cause hip and lower back pain, especially in runners. And because of the role that they play in lifting the legs, tight hips can interfere with a runner’s progress. Extended periods sitting at a desk or in a car can also contribute to tightness in the hip flexors. Grab your mat or our final stretch!
As a runner, you need to be aware of the different types of medical professionals who can help you — whether for wellness, recovery or injury. Today, let's talk about chiropractors. While some people may think chiropractors are just for those who are experiencing back pain or have been in an accident, many chiropractors today focus on wellness of your whole body. Learn eight reasons why getting care from a chiropractor may be beneficial.
When do you have the most energy? When should you work out? Everyone's ideal time is different, but trying to find the best time of day for you to get your workout in will help you achieve your goals and stick to the routine.
There are several pros and cons to morning, afternoon or evening workouts. Here's an article from The Run Experience about the best time to run.
Our second annual Celebrate Moms LIVE virtual 5K was a success! We loved seeing so many of you individually and with your teams celebrate moms, a beautiful day and running! Coach Carrie and Coach Amy were awesome motivators in our ears, cheering everyone on throughout the race and finish line. Congrats to everyone for putting in the mileage and fun!
We loved Denver member Gabe Cox's story. Her young son wore her tracker, so during the race in the Charge app, it looked like Gabe was running. In reality, it was Gavin — who came in 5th place!
Catherine Breiwick exemplified total mom mode, maximizing her time by running her 5K outside her daughter's dance practice. Teams from Chisago, Forest Lake, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake Moms on the Run all raced together in one location. And many of you uploaded photos during and after the race in the Charge app. Check out the gallery of fun photos below! Congrats, everyone!
If you missed our race, you can still experience it on-demand. Buy it here and see what all the fun was about.
Join Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, for part 2 of our stretch series. Take a seat on your mat, as today's stretch, the seated twist, works the muscles in the back of the thigh (the glutes) and the buttock. The gluteal muscles are large, strong and used often — while running, climbing, and standing up from a seated position. And having strong muscles in the buttocks may help support the leg muscles during a run.
To do this stretch:
Sit on a mat and stretch the legs out in front of the body.
Bring the left leg over the right leg and place the left foot on the floor, bending the left knee.
Twist to the left and use the right arm to press the left knee gently inward. Hold for 30 seconds.
Untwist and repeat on the other side.