Basic Hamstring Stretches

Stretch #1

STRETCH #1:  SEATED.  Avoid bouncing, or tugging on your feet. Use a stretch belt if you can’t reach. Stretching shouldn’t feel painful.

Stretch #2

STRETCH #2:  SINGLE LEG WITH BELT. Use a stretch belt around your foot. Don’t struggle to reach up. Keep shoulders, and triceps on your mat. If your neck arches, place a folded towel under your head.

STRETCH #3:  STANDING.  If you can’t reach your toes, place an object under your hands (Yoga Block, a stack of phone books, or a foot stool).  If you force yourself into a stretch, breathing is labored.  Forcing hurts, so don’t go there.

Stretch #3

STRETCH #4:  STANDING SINGLE LEG. You don’t need equipment to do this stretch. After a run in the park, just find a sturdy bench.

Stretch #4


HOW OFTEN: Everyday

WHEN: As a cool down, after your exercise routine.

HOW LONG: 10 -30 seconds.

WHERE: Home, office, gym, outdoors.

CAUTION:  Don’t bounce while holding a stretch.  Don’t stretch if you feel pain.  Don’t hold your breath during a stretch.

Information in this post is educational.  It should not be used to replace medical advice from your physician, or other healthcare provider.

The exercises described in this post are informational, and not meant to replace the guidance of a personal trainer, in a live setting.  Exercises performed incorrectly may result in injury.

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