Water Workouts: Running Stretches
Improve Flexibility (and Cool Off) by Stretching in the Pool
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After a long run on a hot day, few things feel better than diving into a pool. But why stop at cooling off? By taking your stretching routine underwater, you'll be able to move your joints and limbs through a wider range of motion—and with greater control—compared to stretching on land (Video: Increase flexibility with this post-run yoga routine), says Scott Riewald, PhD, a biomechanics expert who works with Olympic athletes. "It's easier to reach and hold the point of optimal stretch, with less strain," he says. Do this routine in the pool after a run. Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds, repeating twice on both legs.
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