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Stretching for Runners

Whether you're a new or seasoned runner, stretching should be an important part of your running routine to help prevent injuries and improve your flexibility. Get advice on what stretches to do and how to perform them properly.

Head-to-Toe Running Stretches
Stretching after your runs can help improve your flexibility and may help with injury prevention. Here are some great running stretches.

Hamstring Stretch for Runners
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.

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

Calf Stretch for Runners
Your calf muscles work hard when you're running, so they'll need a good stretch when you're done. Here's how to do a calf stretch.

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

Groin Stretch for Runners
This groin stretch, known as the butterfly stretch, stretches the inner thighs and groin area.

Arms and Abs Stretch for Runners
This move is great for stretching your arms and obliques, or side abdominals.

Tips for Stretching
Stretching is the one of the most important things runners can to prevent injuries. Follow these tips to make sure you're doing it correctly.

Video: 5 Stretches for Runners
Keep your body flexible, injury-free, and performing at its best with these simple stretches for runners.

When's the Best Time to Stretch?
Many runners are confused about when is the best time to stretch. Find out if you should stretch before running or after your warm-up.

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