Best Post-Run Stretches
Between dueling studies and common wisdom, the verdict is still out on whether or not runners should stretch after a workout to prevent injury. Several recent reports have shown that stretching has little to no effect on injury prevention, but doctors have yet to agree on those results. If you choose to err on the side of tradition, try out these 5 runners’ stretches after your next jog.
Upper Calf Stretch
Find an empty wall and standing in front of it, facing forward. Step your left back, about a foot, and keep it straight. Bend your right leg to gently stretch your left calf. Repeat on the other side.
Lower Calf Stretch
Take a step closer to the wall so that you’re standing parallel to it. Keeping your left foot flat on the ground, place your weight on your left leg, and bend it. This will stretch your lower calf muscles. Repeat on the right leg.
Hip Flexor Stretch
Step forward into a deep lunge, left foot forward. Drop your right knee to the ground and raise your right heel Keep your hips squared and torso upright to increase the stretch in your left hip flexor. Repeat on the opposite side.
Lying Quadriceps Stretch
Lie down on your stomach and stretch your arms out like Superman. Bend your left leg and reach behind you with your left arm to grab it. You can use a band to help you reach if necessary. Pull your left leg backward to stretch the quadriceps.
Lying Hamstring Stretch
Roll over onto your back and stretch your legs out. Raise your left leg, keeping it straight. If you can, grab your left calf with your hands and pull your leg forward. You can also use a band to help reach.