Few understand the importance of stretching more than the athlete. Whenever you put your muscles to work, it is important to stretch. Stretching before and after you work out can reduce the soreness you feel the next day. Drinking water will also help with this. It is important to flush your system and stretch out the muscles you exercise. For the jogger, you will want to stretch your hamstrings. You can do this in a standing position by spreading your legs shoulder-length apart and reaching down to one leg with both arms. Hold for 15 seconds, then move to the middle. Hold again and then move to the left leg. When you do this stretch, make sure you keep your back as straight as possible. Bending over with your back is harmful. You won’t be able to reach as far down, but keeping your back healthy is more important than showing off how far you can stretch. With time, you can stretch further. You can find more information on stretching here.