Tight shoulders are very common these days for those of us who are desk bound most of our working days. Our shoulders may feel stiff and tense, not only due to sitting for extended periods or hunching over our phones, but also due to stress, incorrect sleeping positions, poor posture etc.
Runners usually think about strengthening their legs and core, but if your shoulders are full of tension this can carry over to running and have a negative impact on your running technique. When your stiff shoulders inch up toward your ears, it prevents your arms from swinging freely forward and back, which makes your running less efficient. If your shoulders are moving well and freely, then the rest of the body also benefits.
In our video you will find simple but efficient exercises to ease tight shoulders, and also how to bring power and strength to that area. Watch the video below...
These shoulder exercises offer a very simple but powerful way to relieve and strengthen stiff muscles. For best results, it's important to stretch your shoulders regularly. You might be surprised to see how releasing tension in your body can improve both your overall feelings of wellbeing, and not just your running.
Apart from regular stretching, which is a key to preventing tight muscles, I would also recommend you trying out sports massage. The experienced hands of a massage therapist can work miracles on your stiff body. If you are in London, try out Shiatsu Massage. Runners in Cardiff should check out our Sports Clinic.
Happy stiffness-free running!
These are exercises that we've found very useful and want to share with our customers. But we're not certified instructors. Always consult your specialist before beginning any exercise programme. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.