The Best Post-Workout Stretches
Relieve and relax tight muscles with these four soothing stretches from Health.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.