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Any discussion about injury prevention for runners includes the importance of stretching — both before and after your workout.

In fact, Active.com fitness editor Fara Rosenzweig says the quick 5- or 10-minute post-run practice does more than prevent injuries; it also increases your “range of motion and running performance.”

Yoga instructor Sophie Jaffe agrees. She tells Rosenzweig in an interview for Active.com that stretching is especially helpful after a run, when muscles are tight. In the article, she recommends and demonstrates four specific yoga poses specifically for runners:

  • Half Front Splits,
  • Low Lunge,
  • Low Lunge with Quad Stretch,
  • and the Revolved Triangle.

 

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Linda Eisenstein

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