06/24/2013 07:33 am ET Updated Aug 24, 2013

Stretch It Out! 5 Yoga Poses for Runners

Summertime is in full swing and joggers everywhere are hitting the pavement in the hopes of shedding a few pounds while fending off the risk of heart disease and diabetes. While the benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise are well known, muscular tension caused by these repetitive activities can have negative impact on your overall posture and even contribute to uncomfortable conditions such as iliotibial band syndrome or shin splints.

Because of this, it's important to stretch after you run in order to reduce muscular tension and maintain a healthy degree of overall mobility. The next time you head out for a jog, take five minutes to integrate these four yoga stretches into your post-run cool down routine to keep your body functioning right!

Yoga For Runners

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