If you're partaking in this weekends HBF Run (or doing any other form of strenuous exercise for that matter), you should always ensure that you are giving your muscles a proper stretch afterwards.
Here are a few key favourite stretches from our Co-Director and Yogi, Rhyanna.
1. Straddle Forward Fold
Areas targeted: hamstrings, calves, outer ankles, back and neck
The Straddle Forward Fold is beneficial for stretching out your hamstrings, calves and outer ankles. Added variations also start to target parts of your upper body like back, neck, shoulders etc.
2. Low Lunge
Areas targeted: hip flexors, chest and spine
Running is hard on the hips, so this pose is perfect for stretching out hip flexors and the spine. It creates a nice opening sensation that you feel across your chest. The pose releases hip tensions, whilst also stretching and strengthening your lower body
3. Half Split
Areas targeted: hamstrings and calves
Especially after a big run, hamstrings and calves tend to hold a lot of tension. This pose is helpful for releasing tightness in these muscles.
4. Half Pigeon Pose
Areas targeted: outer hips, hip flexors, quads
Helps to stretch your quads, open up the hips, and lengthen hip flexors which over time increase range of motion.
5. Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Areas targeted: Groin/ inner thighs
This pose helps you to decrease your heart rate and relax – essential for after running. It stretches out groin and inner thighs reducing the chance of strain in this area.