Did you know that you can increase your running speed with stretching alone? It may seem hard to believe but the reason why is quite simple.

Understanding the functionality of your joints is key. When you can increase the range of motion of your joints, you’re able to move with more ease because it requires less effort on your body. When your body can make bigger movements with less effort, you become faster.

Stretching doesn’t get the credit it deserves to not only maintaining the health of your body but improving the body’s overall performance levels when active. Stretching is often seen as an afterthought but today I’m going to take you through one stretch that can improve your running performance by increasing your speed. I’ve worked with marathon runners before using this stretch and the result is always faster and more comfortable running.

Watch the video below to find out which stretch will help you become a faster runner while understanding the basic fundamentals of why your body will respond this way.

Remember to start off slow. Always use a slow and steady load when stretching your ligaments. You can start off with the 1 minute time frame, but I would suggest increasing it up to 3 minutes for each modification as you become more familiar with this stretch.

Higher performance levels don’t always come from high activity. Sometimes taking the time to nurture ourselves brings about the shift that will take us to the next level.

Happy running!

Love and expansion,

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Nicole Frolick is an international expert on Flexibility, inspirational speaker, and the author of Inflexible Me: Expanding Past the Inflexible Barriers of the Body, Mind, and Soul. She currently co-hosts a weekly radio show The Love Connection on Blog Talk Radio as well as her podcast Enlighten Up. Her spiritual practice has been a major part of her life since she was 17, but only fully stepped out of the spiritual closet in 2016, embracing her deepest passion: spirituality. Her passion lies in helping others discover what it means to live less out of fear and more out of love. She believes too many of us live in our limited (fearful) mindset, preventing us from expanding into our fullest potential. Her devotion to her work is anchored in illuminating the true power within you so that you become the best version of yourself in all aspects of your life.