This week’s exercise is easy, requires no equipment, and can be completed anywhere. The seated hamstring stretch helps improve flexibility and stretches the group of three muscles that run down the back of your thigh. This stretch can help build stability for when you do everyday activities- like picking things up off of the floor. The more limber you are, the less likely you are to experience injury.
If you have tight hamstrings, it can also lead to lower back pain as the hamstrings will pull on the pelvis, causing stress on the lower back. Stretch your hamstrings regularly to avoid any discomfort in your lower back.
- Start by sitting in a stable chair, the edge of a bench, etc. Whatever is available, works.
- Extend one leg out in front of you.
- Keep the heel of the other foot resting on the floor.
- Bend forward, hinging at your hips, leaning your upper body towards the floor. Ensure you aren’t arching your back.
- Hold for several breaths, then return to the starting position.
- Repeat the movement with the opposite leg extended.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.