Runners: we’re famous for our mobility

Breaking news: I’m a runner who thinks stretching sucks. Who’s with me on this? You get back from a run with every intention of stretching, go inside where it will be more comfortable, and wander straight into the kitchen. Where the coffee, ahem, I mean water, computer, and any number of other distractions await. And there goes the stretch. You’ll get to it next time, right?

I used to be a cheerleader. Seriously. I could do the splits three ways, not to mention a killer toe touch.

OK, that's not a toe touch. This was 25 years ago and my parents took exactly zero pictures.

OK, that’s not a toe touch. That was 25 years ago and my parents took exactly zero pictures.

Now I’m lucky if I can straighten my legs while bending 90° at the waist. As I get older, I’m realizing that this is not good. That perhaps I need to do something about this. I’ve also realized that what I really need is for someone else to tell me what to do. The obvious answer to these problems is a good yoga class. But I already spend an ungodly amount of time working out. I can’t bear adding another class to the mix.

I give you: the yoga video.

Hear me out on this. It’s just 25 minutes. In the amount of time you’d spend pretending to stretch, you can turn this on and have no other choice but to follow the directions and get an ACTUAL stretch. You don’t even have to think about what to do. That’s the beauty of it.

The coffee can wait. If I keep doing this I might be able to reach past my toes soon.

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