Warm-Up & Cool-Down Stretches for Runners

As we gear up for our “We’ve Got Your Back” 5K, we are honing in on pre- and post-run stretches to ensure a healthy body and prevention of injury.

If you haven’t seen the stretches recommended by our friend Carrie Seifert, a certified strength coach from Virginia Therapy and Fitness Center, be sure to check them out!

Warm-up stretches:

Cool down stretches:

Another great one to keep in mind each time you run is the “Lizard Stretch.” It will really challenge your body in a good way.

Why? It stretches a variety of muscles, including hamstrings, hip flexors, and quadriceps — as well as opening the hips.

Lizard stretch helps runners maintain a full range of motion and ultimately improves flexibility, eliminates pain and tension, and prevents injury. ⁣⁣Be sure to told hold this pose for 20-30 seconds on each side. Note the correct form in the image here:

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