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How To Stretch Your Legs Post-Run Exercise

You may notice after a run, your body feels sore. This is a key indicator that both rest and recovery are needed. It’s essential to stretch after a run, and you may even incorporate stretches into your pre-run routine. As a part of your warmups, you can add in a few dynamic stretches such as leg swings, spinal rotations, and arm circles. These exercises gently warm up your muscles so that they're ready for more intense activity. After your workout is done, you’ll want to perform static (doesn't involve motion) stretches.

Here are a few stretches you can do for the recovery process after your running exercise.

1. Hamstring Stretch

  • Step 1: Sit on an exercise mat with one leg extended straight in front of you.

  • Step 2: Bend the other leg and place your foot against the inner thigh of the leg that is extended. The knee that is bent should be close to the floor.

  • Step 3: Grasp the ankle of the bent leg with the same side hand and reach for the ankle of your extended leg with the other hand.