Any runner knows how much that stitch in your side can stop you in your tracks. Here are a few ways to fix it and keep on running.
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Nick MItchell, founder of personal training company Ultimate Performance, recommends a simple stretch to get rid of a stitch:
First, bend over for a few seconds, and touch your toes. If that doesn't work, dig a couple of fingers into the affected flank. We don't know exactly why these cures work, says Mitchell, but he reckons it's something to do with the way the blood flows away from your diaphragm (in the first example), or is simply prevented from entering the pained area (in the second).
To avoid getting them in the future, he says you can avoid eating wheat-based foods like bread too close to your run. Instead, you're better off with something like some nuts or dried berries a half hour beforehand. Hit the link to read more.
Three-Minute Fix...Stitch [The Guardian]