Post Run Stretching

Post run stretching aims to maintain a healthy functional range of movement and if desired, to increase flexibility within specific joints. Range of movement is critical to good performance; lack of it can contribute to impaired biomechanics, poor posture, injuries and fatigue. 

Physical activities that involve repetitive actions such as running can easily create a muscular imbalance if stretching is not included as an integral part of the exercise programme. 

For example, a common problem such as the quadriceps being strong, but the hamstrings being tight can cause a muscle imbalance.The chances are you may rely on the quadriceps more than you should and this imbalance can alter your movement and posture in very subtle ways. For instance, you might have reduced stride length which can affect your running pace, or you may develop a hollow-back posture (lordosis).

Some key muscles to stretch following your run are:

  • Erector Spinae
  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Iliopsoas
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps
  • Adductor
  • Abductor
  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus
  • Tibialis Anterior