The Best Stretches to Do After a Run, According to a Physical Therapist

Writer: REBECCA PARSONS | Outlet: Men's Journal

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If you run regularly, you’re no stranger to tight, sore muscles and the occasional injury. In addition to regular strength training coupled with proper nutrition and sleep, the right stretches after a run can help your muscles cool down and get ready for your next workout.


Despite popular belief, there isn’t a lot of research that supports stretching before a run, according to physical therapist Corey Rovzar, Ph.D. In some cases, it can actually impact performance.


“Stretching after a run is great, though, because you’ve already put in those miles and it’s more of a recovery,” says Rovzar. “It should always be done gently. Just a nice, light stretch that should feel good and help assist those muscles as they cool down a bit.”

  1. Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
  2. Thread The Needle
  3. Seated Hamstring Stretch
  4. Quad Stretch
  5. Calf Stretch
  6. Seated Hip & IT Band Stretch
  7. Pigeon Stretch