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Head-to-Toe Running Stretches

How to Stretch After Running


Updated May 16, 2014

Stretching after your runs can help improve your flexibility and may help with injury prevention. Here are some great running stretches. Click on the links to get the full instructions for each stretch.

Calf Stretch

Healthy female runner in urban park warming up and stretching leg on wooden bench.
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Your calf muscles, or your lower leg muscles, will need a good stretch when you're done running. Here's what to do.

Quadricep Stretch

Quadricep Stretch
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Your quadriceps (front thigh) muscles work hard when you're running, so they'll need a good stretch when you're finished. Here's what to do.

Hip flexor Stretch

Hip Flexor Stretch for Runners
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Your hip flexor muscles help lift your legs up during running, so they need a good stretch when you're finished with your run. Here's how to stretch your hip flexors.

Hamstring Stretch

Hamstring Stretch for Runners
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Your hamstring muscles, which run down the back of the leg from the pelvis to the lower leg, are prone to injury, so it's very important to stretch them. Here's how to do a hamstring stretch.

Triceps Stretch

Triceps Stretch
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You use your upper body when you're running, so it's important to stretch your arms when you've finished your run. Here's how to stretch your triceps, the muscles on the back of your upper arm.

Hip and Lower Back Stretch

Hip and Lower Back Stretch
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This is a good move to stretch your hips and lower back.

Groin Stretch

Groin Stretch for Runners
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This groin stretch, known as the butterfly stretch, stretches the inner thighs and groin area. Here's how to do it.

Arms and Abs Stretch

Arms and Abs Stretch
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This move is great for stretching your arms and obliques, or side abdominals. Here's what to do.

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