As a dancer, I got used to stretching extensively every day. I wish I’d known then what I know now, which is that I was probably doing myself a lot more harm than good, weakening my muscles and worsening my fatigue and soreness. To learn more about that, listen to the Science of Stretching episode of the Liberated Body podcast. Trust me, you need to know this.
Luckily, in my later dancing years I found Active Isolated Stretching and put together a little routine that seemed to re-balance my body after the sometimes very asymmetrical demands of the day, as well as erasing tightness and fatigue like magic. I do it to this day after every run.
Give these post-run stretches a try and leave a comment telling me what they do for you!
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Jae Gruenke, GCFP, is a running technique expert and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Known as a “running form guru,” she is the Founder and CEO of The Balanced Runner™ in New York City and The Balanced Runner UK. She has helped runners from beginner to Olympian improve their form to become pain-free, economical, and fast.