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.