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Stretching is an important part of our running routine. Keep your muscles long, lean, and prevent injury by taking the time to stretch after your run.
Try using the following tips from expert contributor and certified personal trainer, Nancy Bruning.
Make a Park Bench Your Stretch Buddy
The best stretching happens at the end of a run when you’re thoroughly warmed up and your muscles are more like rubber bands. Since most of us prefer our runs outdoors, try using a park bench as a prop.
Nancy loves taking her exercise routine outside and has a treasure trove of park bench stretches. She shared her favorite with us:
- Sit tall on the edge of the bench, both feet flat on the ground in front of you with legs at a right angle.
- Cross your right leg over your left, ankle resting just above your knee.
- Gently and slowly lean forward from your hips.
- Hold this position for several inhales and exhales, feeling the stretch in your back and hips.
- Slowly bring your torso back to upright and repeat with the other leg.
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