Stress can leave your muscles feeling tight and needing a stretch. Challenging workouts can, too. Long, hard runs? Yep. Heck, just sitting at your desk or driving for a long time can leave you tight! Since many activities can leave your muscles tight, you need to give them a little extra TLC and stretch. Regular stretching both feels good and is good for you as it can prevent joint pain and muscle damage. Stretching also supports mobility so you can continue to move your body without frequent aches.
To support you on your stretching journey, ahead, are 40 stretches that you can pick from to meet you where you are. There are step-by-step instructions included with each stretch so you can follow along easily. All 40 are organized by body part so you can easily find the ones your body needs.
Reminder: don't stretch a cold muscle. Save these stretches for when your body is warmed up, like after a walk, hike, bike ride, run, or these do-anywhere cardio moves.
- Additional reporting by Angelica Wilson