Ever wonder what to do after your run? Above are a few pictures of stretches you can do to release any running tension from your body. BUT FIRST, take a 2-3 minute walk or another lap around the track to bring your body and heart rate back to normal. After you complete your walk, think about stretching your legs. Since they did A LOT of the work, you want to make sure to give them some attention. After that open up into your spinal, core, chest, and arms.
1. Quad Stretch
Bring your foot back behind your body and grab onto it with your hand. Try to pull your knees together and push your hips forward.
2. Hamstring Stretch
Bend one knee and straighten the other leg. Bend over slightly and with a straight back. Place both of your hands on your bent knee or one on your bent knee and pull up on your toe.
3. Hip Opener Stretch
Take a wide plie squat and place both hands right on the inside of your thighs (close to your knees). Lean gently into each side and the middle.
4. Forward Fold
Place both feet together and bend forward. Try to reach your toes as you inhale and exhale. This will stretch out your hamstrings as well as your back.
5. Lunge + Warrior 1
Bring yourself into a comfortable lunge position. Push your hips forward, place your hands above your head, and lean back slightly.
6. Lunge + Twist
Being yourself back into that lunge position. If you are on your right side with your right leg forward, take your left hand and place it on the ground. Your right hand will go up in towards the sky.