The 10 Best Poses for Runners

Hearing snap, crackle, and pop is fine if you’re about to dig into a bowl of cereal, but if that cacophony is coming from your knees when you bend down to tie your sneakers, it’s time to tweak your running routine.

We’re not talking skipping hills, cutting down on mileage, or foregoing your next 5K. We mean doing a couple of yoga poses post-run to stretch muscles that have become short and tight thanks to pounding the pavement, trail, or treadmill.

These 10 poses from Montreal-based personal trainer and yoga and ChiRunning instructor Hyongok Cho Kent target specific muscles like the hamstrings and calves. The result? Your muscles, ligaments and tendons rebound faster so there’s less chance of injury, less soreness, and speedier recovery. The poses also simultaneously strengthen muscles in the core, back, and arms to improve posture, helping you to run more efficiently. Talk about a run for your money. Spend 15 to 20 minutes on these poses after a run when muscles are warm, or practice them on your off days. Even better: Take at least one weekly yoga class for a deep, total-body stretch.

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