Health and Wellness

The Best Post-Workout Stretches

Relieve and relax tight muscles with these four soothing stretches from Health.com.

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Feel the stretch

Stretching after exercise increases range of motion, says Wendy Fox, a physical therapist at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island.

Do each of these moves 4 times for 20 to 30 seconds.

Forward bend

1.) Forward bend

Good for: Hamstrings

Sit on floor with legs extended. Maintain straight back while reaching toward toes (even if you can’t touch them); hold.

Runner's lunge

2.) Runner’s lunge

Good for: Hamstrings and calves

Stand 10 inches away from a wall; place palms on it. Step back with right foot. Bend left knee, keeping right heel down; hold. Repeat on opposite side.

Shoulder stretch

3.) Shoulder stretch

Good for: Back and shoulders

Raise right arm and bend elbow over head at a 90-degree angle. Use left hand to grab right elbow and pull it gently to the left; hold. Repeat on opposite side.

Heel drop

4.) Heel drop

Good for: Ankle and foot joints

Stand on bottom step of a flight of stairs with balls of feet on edge of step. Gently allow heels to drop; hold.