Despite what the name might suggest, runner’s lunge isn’t just for runners. It is an energizing pose that stretches, lengthens, and strengthens the hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, and back (via Tummee). What’s more, it’s a great exercise for toning the lower body, aligning the spine, and improving overall balance and posture.
Amongst the many benefits of this stretch, it warms up the body for deeper hip-openers (via Yoga15). From a downward facing dog position, step your right foot between your hands. Adjust yourself if needed, so that your right knee is in line with your right ankle (not in front of it). Also, make sure that your toes are facing forward. Widen your stance so that your feet should are hip distance apart. Then, press through your back heel to lengthen your back leg. Hold this pose for 3-5 deep breaths on each side, then repeat it on the other side.