This exercise increases mobility and strength. Furthermore, this exercise is more likely to build long lean muscle, which is more conducive to running versus adding unwanted bulk to one’s frame.
Preparation: Attach the exercise band to a tree, post, or doorknob to anchor the band. Hold the handles behind you, and then walk 4-6 feet away from the anchor. Take the band in front of your body with your elbows slightly bent at shoulder height. Ensure that your palms are facing each other.
Execution: Slowly release the band backwards until you feel a gentle stretch in your chest. Pause for a 1-count to complete the stretch, and then bring your hands together.
Notes: Release the band backwards for a 2-count, pause for a 1-count to feel the stretch, and then bring your palms together. Repeat 10-15 times.