Dr. Michael Horowitz's Stretch of the Day Series
Stretch of the Day:
- The Hamstring Stretch! Sitting for long hours can have a shortening affect on
the hamstring muscles. Before and after participating in any physical activity that involves the lower limbs it is very important to stretch out the hamstring muscle group. This can be done 3-ways. (A) Sitting Hamstring Stretch, sit at the edge of your seat, bend one leg while reaching towards the ankle or knee or the opposite straight leg. Hold for 15-30-seconds. Repeat sides.
(B) Sitting Hamstring Stretch, sitting in a V-shape position, both legs straight out at a 90-degree angle, lean towards one side reaching towards your foot, ankle or knee. Hold for 15-30-seconds. Repeat sides.
(C) Standing Hamstring Stretch, using a bench or solid surface, lift one leg onto that surface and with a straight let, lean towards the foot/ankle/knee. Hold for 15-30-seconds. Repeat sides. Hamstrings can be chronically tight and need to be consistently stretched out. Be patient and know that by stretching these muscle, you will prevent injury, perform at higher levels and feel great!
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