Tired of halfhearted toe-touches? Try these movements instead.
The fundamental problem with stretching is that it is as critical to good health and injury prevention as it is painfully boring to actually do. Especially for those who are short on time, the banality of it all—a few halfhearted toe touches, a few perfunctory shoulder rotations, and a few one-foot-pulled-to-putt maneuvers cut short by an inability to balance without hopping—can cause stretching to disappear altogether, a decision that does not reveal itself to be shortsighted, unfortunately, until one collapses mid-run into a pile of regret.
It might help, of course, if you knew any stretches beyond the ones you learned in middle school P.E. class. To make the process a bit more engaging and a bit less intolerable, we asked Sky Ting Yoga co-founder Krissy Jones to use her knowledge of the stretchiest of workouts for help updating what is probably the most overlooked part of your training regimen.
Sit on your heels, with your toes tucked underneath them, so that your feet are perpendicular to the floor (and to your toes.) Reach your arms up overhead, hook your thumbs together, and elongate your spine, leaning back a little if you feel comfortable. Take ten deep breaths. This pose does wonders for stretching achy foot muscles, says Jones, and is especially useful for runners who suffer from plantar fasciitis.