6 Quick & Easy Post-Run Stretches for the Time Poor Runner
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Busy? Time poor? Find yourself hardly ever stretching? Yep, join the club.
Below, in no particular order, are 6 key post-run (or pre) stretches that are ideal for preventing injuries and keeping you out on the roads.
- Hip Flexor Stretch
For those of us who sit at desks all day, or who run a lot, this is vital. Don’t do it regularly and you are just asking for an injury.
For a more deep stretch and to stretch out the quads as well, pick your ankle up and pull it towards your buttocks.
- Calf Stretch
A well-known calf stretch for a reason. It is damn good. Make sure you do this one a lot after any speed or hill session.
- Quad Stretch
Hard to find a runner who doesn’t know this stretch. Doing it on a regular basis can help prevent ITB, hip, knee & numerous other pains.
- Hamstring/Calf Stretch
So so important for so many reasons, not just hamstring health but all that comes secondary to the hamstring such a lower back issues. As a bonus place the towel/band over your toes and push your toes down to get an incredibly good calf stretch as well.
- Back Stretch
If you have ever had a bad back you know how debilitating it can be, and how sudden the pain can occur. It is a wise investment to keep your back flexible. It doesn’t take long.
- Glute Stretch
This should probably be number 1 on this list. We all seem to have tight glutes these days. Doing this stretch daily helps you avoid a vast number of problematic injuries.
By Tristan Ferris. MD. – Runner’s Tribe