These two exercises help relieve muscle tension.
3. Runner’s stretch
behind a chair with your fingertips
resting lightly on the chair back.
With your feet about hip-width
apart and your right foot forward,
bend your right knee until it’s over
your right heel, and press your hips
forward until you feel a stretch
in your left calf. Try to keep your
left heel on the floor. Increase the
stretch by gently pressing your
hips toward the chair. Hold for 3 to
5 breaths; then switch legs.