Above you’ll find my forth Key Stretch of Importance: the Sitting Hamstring Stretch.
A few weeks ago I spoke about the importance of alignment while doing your stretches and I used the hamstring muscles as the main example. So this week I thought it was the perfect time to add a hamstring stretch to my list of Key Stretches of Importance.
This stretch will help to loosen up your hamstrings, and in-turn, take a lot of pressure off your lower back. So if you suffer with any lower back pain or stiffness, this hamstring stretch could be just what you need.
How to perform this stretch: One of the reasons I like this stretch so much is because it’s done while sitting down. So simply sit of the floor with one leg straight out in front and point your toes upwards. Bring your other foot towards your knee and reach towards your toes with both hands. As you lean forward keep your back straight and DON’T let your shoulders round forward.
Please note: It’s NOT important whether you can touch your toes. Gently lean forward until your feel light tension in your hamstrings, then hold there. Remember to keep your back straight and don’t be concerned about where your hands are in relation to your toes. Just go as far as is comfortable for you, and hold there.
How long to hold this stretch: Hold this position for between 20 to 30 seconds while concentrating on breathing deeply and slowly. Carefully move out of the stretch position and then repeat on the other side. Repeat 2 to 3 times on each side.
If you’d like more great hamstring stretches check out my hamstring stretching videos here.
Until next time, stay healthy, keep stretching and God bless.
The Stretch Coach
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