7 Post-Workout Running Stretches To Prevent Muscle Soreness
These running stretches are perfect for after you've finished your run. They allow your muscles to relax and release any tension that you built up.
They are static stretches and they will help you...
- Re-establish your normal range of motion
- Maintain your flexibility.
- Re-align your muscle fibers.
- Relax and cool down.
- Recover quicker between runs.
Ideally, after you get back home from your run you should...
- Pace around for a few minutes to get your legs out of running mode.
- Spend about 5 - 10 minutes doing the running stretches below.
Check out the running stretches here...
- Hamstring stretch
- Inner thigh/ Glute stretch
- Hip flexor stretch
- Squat stretch
- Calf and chest stretch
- Side stretch
- Hamstring and inner thigh stretch
These are mostly lower body stretches because they are the muscles used most frequently while running. We have included a few for your torso too though. You can get tight there too sometimes.
Your hamstrings were used lots during your run so now is a good chance to stretch them right out again.
Inner Thigh / Glute Stretch
This stretch gets both your inner thighs and your glutes at the same time. The standing leg has an inner thigh stretch and the upper leg has a glute stretch.
Hip Flexor Stretch
This one is good for relieving pain in your achilles tendon. Don't ask why, but it works.
Once you're flexible enough, this stretch is very relaxing. Until then, it can be quite hard to keep your balance. If you find it hard to balance, turn your feet a little further outwards or go up onto the balls of your feet.
Calf & Chest Stretch
Why stretch your upper body? Because some people hold a lot of tension in their upper bodies when they run. This stretch will help get rid of that tension and keep you stress free.
This stretch is nice for loosening up the whole side of your torso.
Hamstring & Inner Thigh Stretch
Shaye's pretty flexible. Think of the picture below as a final destination. Don't expect to get that low on the first try.
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