The Best YouTube Videos For Post-Run Stretches
If you’re a runner, you should do some kind of stretching to look after your muscles. It really is that simple. It is also, however, a bit of pain. I’m sure many runners will agree with me when I say that generally I hate doing anything other than running. Left to my own devices, I’ll maybe do my calves a bit then give up. When watching a video, though, I’m much more likely to commit to doing all the stretches that are asked of me.
YouTube can be a fantastic resource, with hundreds of results when you search for “yoga for runners” or “stretches for runners”. Unfortunately, not all of them will be any good and it’s frustrating to get a couple of minutes in only to realise that what you’re watching is complete bobbins. Trust me on that. So here are four videos that are worth watching if you’re a runner looking for a guided stretching routine.
Yoga for Runners / 9 Minute Post Run Stretch
This is a great option for a quick stretch that will do your legs a lot of good. The video works through each leg in turn, hitting all the major muscle groups that need attention after a run. After the preamble, the stretching part of the video is less than nine minutes long, so even the busiest, most impatient of runners will be able to fit it into their week somewhere, and if you do have more time available you can always run through the routine a couple of times.
Video of Yoga for Runners / 9 Minute Post Run Stretch
Yoga Practice for Runners, 20min Sequence
An excellent, comprehensive routine for your rest days or whenever you have 20 minutes to devote to your stretching. Some of the stretches are a little tougher than you’ll find in the nine-minute video above, but they’re still suitable for even rank yoga beginners – and you’ll only get better at the routine the more times you do it.
Video of Yoga Practice for Runners, 20min Sequence
Your Perfect Post-Run Stretch Routine
If you want a highly detailed breakdown of the benefits of each stretch you do, this is the video for you. Personally I just want to be told what to do, but if you find in-depth info useful then you’ll certainly get it with this short post-run routine, all delivered in a delightful Canadian accent.
Video of Your Perfect Post-Run Stretch Routine
10-Minute Guided Stretching Routine for Runners
This routine clearly explains which muscles you are working on with each stretch and gives useful advice on what you should be feeling when doing them so you can be sure you’re getting the stretch right. It spends a lot of time on the hip flexors, which will be especially handy for any runners who are also keen cyclists.
Video of 10-Minute Guided Stretching Routine for Runners