Jen A. Miller c.2019 The New York Times Company
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11 Dec 2019
9:08 am

What female runners should know about flexibility and stride

Jen A. Miller c.2019 The New York Times Company

Here’s a look at two biological differences that can work for and against female runners.

New research has found that any amount of running, even just once a week, could be enough to help lower a person's risk of death. ©pixdeluxe/Istock.com

Flexibility Women tend to be more flexible than men. We also have less muscle mass, allowing our bodies to move more freely. Flexibility can be good in a runner because it means that your body is moving slightly differently with each stride, and not putting the same load of pressure on your joints every time you stride and land. This can protect against injuries. “If you load exactly on the same point of your joint the same way over and over again, it’s going to place a lot of stress on it. With more flexibility, you’re not going to load...