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What stretches should I be doing?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Joe, 13 Aug 2007.

  1. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    My current job involves lots of walking, and combined with the cycling I do my legs are constantly aching to some degree.
    I'm guessing some stretching would help? What do you recommend?

    Also, what kind of shoes are best for lots of walking on concrete, up and down stone steps etc? I'm currently wearing either Nike Vandals or Converse All Stars which are clearly not ideal, and my knees are not thanking me!
     
  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    I'd recommend going to see a physio who can advise on an individual basis and also check to see if there's any underlying problems.
     
  3. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    you need firmer shoes than them. Some approach walking shoes would be my choice, some merrells or salomons would be good. Vibram soles a definite
     
  4. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    Hmm, maybe. I'm pretty sure there are no real problems though. It seems to be a case of too much leg activity that's causing the aching. It's when having to walk alot after long weekend rides that it's worst so some post ride stretching should help, no?
    As for the slight knee pain, it really does feel like I need shoes with a bit more bounce and support. Maybe something like this (I'm on a tight budget ;))? http://www.offthepath.co.uk/product.php/965/mistral-mens-shoes
     
  5. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    I have Brasher boots for wearing when I'm doing some 'serious' walking (Lady GTX) and I love them. Instantly comfortable for me and many a mile walked in them. I am known to be wearing them if I'm doing a lot of urban walking - not just rural walking. Mind you, feet are one of those things where I recommend 'try before you buy' so they're something I don't buy online.
     
  6. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    Yeh, I will definitely be "real shop" shopping for the shoes ;)
     
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Should be able to get something good and cheapish from Millets.
     
  8. Joe

    Joe Über Member

  9. col

    col Veteran

    might also be worth getting your legs up now and again,you know,laying on the settee and put your feet up on the arm if its higher,or lay on the floor if they are not,and rest your calfs on the settee while on the floor,as long as your legs are higher than your waist.
     
  10. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    My guess is that you're trying to do too much exercise too quickly. If your legs are hurting all the time, you need rest, not stretching. Stretching doesn't cure sore muscles. I would back off on both the amount and the intensity of the exercise you're currently doing.
     
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