First, why are stretches for running and walking important? Having a work life is hard. We go from bed to sitting at the breakfast table, to sitting in traffic only to get up and sit some more at the workplace. People all over the united states work hard, and working athletes work even harder. They train after their work day is over, and sometimes before the work day starts. From a simple athletic perspective, it is important to combat all the chronic sitting with proper stretches to stay loose and prepare for training.