Do you love to run, but experience nagging soreness and muscle strains afterwards? I ran, jogged and sprinted through pain and discomfort for years until I studied anatomy and physiology in the process of becoming a personal trainer. Through that experience, I realized that there are two major muscle areas that become easily aggravated through running:
1. The hip flexor complex: A powerful group of muscles situated in the front and side of your hip, curving deep into the interior of your thigh and lower back.
2. Piriformis: The second area that is often the culprit in running pains is the small, muscle situated immediately below each buttock that, for many people, can be related to sciatic nerve pain.
To counteract running-related muscle tightness and strains, try these ten simple, versatile moves that can be done in a park, apartment or even a hotel room!