Fitness and health experts say it’s best to do your stretching after your cardio workout, when your muscles are warm and more pliable. It’s also true that stretching regularly after your workout will make your body more limber overall and will improve your range of motion. If you think of your muscles like taffy, and you try to stretch them when they’re cold they don’t stretch far or might snap. But the warmer they are, the further they stretch and once stretched, they stay looser moving forward. That is the philosophy behind doing post workout stretches.
Also known as the Runner’s Lunge, this deep stretch is great after you’ve run, walked, or worked out your legs with some intense cardio. Stand facing a wall or a tree and lunge toward it, leaning your hands against and stretching your back leg straight with your heel touching the ground. Lean forward as far as you can to deepen that back leg stretch. Switch and stretch the other leg.
For a deep stretch in your back and shoulders, raise your left arm and bend it at the elbow over your head at a 90-degree angle. With your right hand, grab your left elbow and pull it gently to the right. Hold this stretch for a 10 count and then repeat the stretch with your right arm.
Seated Hamstring Bend
Sit with your legs straight out in front of you. Keep your back straight as you bend down over your outstretched legs, reaching toward your toes. Don’t worry about being able to touch your toes if you cannot. For a deeper stretch, flex your feet backward and hold them as they point toward the ceiling.