As a runner, you might be quick to stretch your hips and hammies (hopefully!), but your upper bod needs some lovin’, too! When overlooked, stiffness in the chest and shoulders can mess up your form and steal your endurance — not to mention hurt your performance. The solution? Open up that chest! This three-pose sequence will effectively stretch your pecs and shoulders so that you can maintain stronger posture and upper body form when you run.
Sometimes, things take priority over stretching. It’s at those times that it’s good to remind yourself that, even if you’re low on motivation or time, anything is better than nothing. And, there is a secret weapon for just these moments: the wall! You can always find a wall somewhere between your last stride and the shower, which takes the effort out of re-lengthening muscles, and leaves pretty much no excuse not to hit reset on stiff hips, hammies, and shoulders. The following sequence only takes 5 minutes.