The best post-workout stretches

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 27, 2015

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It is very important to exercise, but so is it to stretch after exercises. Learn the best stretches that you can use to release stress from your muscles and enhance flexibility.
  • 1

    Seated forward bend

    Sit on the floor with your legs extended. Keep your back straight and slowly lower your torso towards the legs. Hold your toe and breath 3-8 times. Now slowly move back to your initial position. Practising this stretch post workout is good for your hamstrings. Besides, it provides a deep stretch for your entire back and helps calm your nervous system as well.

  • 2

    Runner's lunge

    To perform runner’s lunge, you will have to stand 10 inches away from a wall. Now place your palms on it and step back with right foot. Bend left knee, keeping right heel down and be in this position for a few seconds. Repeat the same on the opposite side. This stretch is not only good for the hamstrings, but quite effective for the calves too.

  • 3

    Shoulder stretch

    Stand with your shoulders held straight and far apart. Now raise your right arm and bend the elbow over your head at a 90-degree angle. Using your left hand, grab your right hand elbow and pull it gently to the left. Hold this position for a few seconds. Repeat the same on the opposite side. This stretch is good for your back and shoulders.

  • 4

    Heel drop

    To perform heel drops, stand on the bottom step of a flight of stairs with the help of only the front half of your feet so that the rest half is in the air. Now gently allow your heels to drop and hold this position for some time before rising back to the initial position. Heel drops are good for your feet and calves.

  • 5

    Upward dog

    To perform this stretch, lie flat on your belly. Now, using your hands, push forward to straighten your arms and keeping the toes straight, lift both thighs off the ground. Upward dog stretches are good for your back and arms. Image source: Getty

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