The Top 5 Best Yoga Stretches for Runners
After running, you may find that your muscles feel tired and fatigued. Some stretching may help a little initially, but there are certain stretches (especially yoga poses) that will make you feel divine - if you do them correctly. Take a look below for the top 5 yoga poses for all runners and athletes alike.
1. Downward Dog
Benefits: arms and legs. YogaJournal.comsays downward dog, “stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands, [and] strengthens the arms and legs.” This pose can also “calm the brain, energize the body, and relieve stress.”
Benefits: spine, shoulders, and wrists. This pose stretches the legs, especially the hamstrings. Active.comsays Pyramid pose “calms the brain, stretches the spine, strengthens the legs, and improves posture and digestion.”
Benefits: hips. According to Harmony Yoga, Standing Pigeon “opens the hip joint, lengthens the hip flexor, stretches the thighs, gluteals, and piriformis muscles, and extends the groin and psoas.”
4. Forward Fold
Benefits: hips, hamstrings, and calves. This pose can calm the mind, reduce stress, stretch the back and legs, and strengthen the hamstrings.
5. Hand to Toe Hold
Benefits: feet, ankles, legs, hips, and core. YogaJournal.comsays Hand to Toe Hold “strengthens the legs and ankles, stretches the backs of the legs, and improves your sense of balance.”
These poses are fantastic to assist with general body tightness and ease any restriction or rigidity that running (or vigorous exercise) may cause. Practice them pre-run, post-run, or even before bed, and you’ll feel amazing!
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