What’s the first thing you see runners do after a race? It depends right? Some runners catch their breath then do some stretches while others go straight for the beer garden and plan on stretching tomorrow. Consider this idea from Phillip Beach author of Muscles & Meridians, take a seat on the ground. Using the ground to position our bodies into natural ranges we were meant to move in day-to-day is one of the most easiest ways to “manipulate your shape” back to your pre-race form. Instead of trying to isolate each muscle group, which has its own risks, after your next training run, try sitting in a squat, alternating a few narrow lunges, and sitting on your toes. These “archetypal postures” help tune our neuromusculoskeletal systems back within functional ranges without us trying to stretch certain areas. These simple postures resemble many found in the yoga asanas. If you watch how an infant moves, they freely travel between them with ease and fluidity. There is no limit to how often one can perform these postures, as long as you listen to what your body is telling you and slowly progress in duration and intensity. If those ranges are not quite doable for you due to tissue restrictions, pain, or instability, you may need detailed instruction on how to modify the movements for your needs until you’re able to progress further into the postures. Read more at Muscles & Meridians.