27 Jun '12, 1pm

What's better than stretching? Stretching in a pool! Here's why:

What's better than stretching? Stretching in a pool! Here's why:

After a long run on a hot day, few things feel better than diving into a pool. But why stop at cooling off? By taking your stretching routine underwater, you'll be able to move your joints and limbs through a wider range of motion—and with greater control—compared to stretching on land, says Scott Riewald, Ph.D., a biomechanics expert who works with Olympic athletes. "It's easier to reach and hold the point of optimal stretch, with less strain," he says. Do this routine in the pool after a run. Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds, repeating twice on both legs. HIP FLEXORS Start in a lunge position with the left leg on a low step. Bend the right knee and shift your body weight forward so your hips drop down. You'll feel this in the front of the left hip. HAMSTRINGS In waist-deep water, place one foot, heel down, on a low step. Looking straight ahead, flex at the hips to ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-241-287--14...

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