By incorporating running into my exercise routine, I’ve found that my legs appreciate a bit more stretching than the rest of my body. While yoga is a great help in this area, sometimes I don’t have the time (or patience) to commit to a decent stretch routine.
So I decided to make my own. These exercises keep you moving but sneak in stretches for multiple areas of the legs and open up the hips. A few bonuses – since you’re doing them standing, the routine helps with balance and engages your abs as well! No equipment necessary, so you can easily perform these moves after a run or while traveling.
A few notes:
Extended Toe Touch – Try to keep legs as straight as possible and arms high. Make yourself work!
Windmill – Again, legs and arms straight. Twist from the waist & hinge from the hip. Should feel good on the back of your legs.
Lunge – Knees should be directly over toes, and movement should be up & down.
Leg Lift – To deepen the stretch, flex your foot. If you’ve got the balance, let your foot hover over the floor instead of placing it down between each rep.
Oblique Crunch – Extend the arm over your head and the leg out to the side. This helps stretch through your side as well as your legs/arms.
Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer, just a gal who likes to exercise. Consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise routine. This is pretty low-key, but if anything hurts (in a bad way), STOP.