If you enjoy running or compete in sports that put a lot of pressure on your legs, then this tip is going to be very helpful for you.

Not only will it reduce the likelihood of injury, it will increase your flexibility, reduce stiffness and enable your leg muscles to recover much faster than usual.

While this is great for runners, it is also perfect for cyclists, skiers, footballers, tennis players, golfers and anyone else using leg power in their sport or exercise.

Here’s what you can do…

Focus on your quadriceps. These are the muscles of your upper leg. They are made up of four distinct muscles in the front of your thigh.

They take a lot of the load, so giving them a massage will keep them very strong and injury free.

You can use simple sports massage strokes to quickly ease tension.

The best strokes to use are the glide (with your palms). Next, use the heels of your hand and apply more pressure.

From here you can squeeze your quads with the heels of both hands (with fingers interlocked). This will bring more blood into the muscles.

Next, you can use the elbow to get deeper into the muscle and remove tension.

From here, you should do some drumming with your fists. This is the final step in the process.

These are some very basic stokes that will help to ease any tension and let the muscles relax. You will also remove and break up any knots that have been created in the muscle.

One last thing… It’s important that the movement is done from the knee to the top of the leg. This ensures that blood is moving towards your heart.

That’s it. A simple self-massage technique to let your quadriceps get some relief and let you recover much faster.

All the best,

Paul


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