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Sit All Day? You Need to Be Doing These Stretches

Nov 4 2014 - 5:10am

If you run, bike, or are deskbound all day, your hamstrings could use some extra love and length. It not only feels good to stretch this commonly tight area, but hamstring flexibility is also important for the health of your back, hips, and knees. Here are six easy and essential stretches that target the backs of your legs. To avoid injury, it's best to do them at the end of a workout, when the muscles are warm.

Tipover Tuck Hamstring Stretch

This stretch is good for your hamstrings and also loosens tight shoulders.

Scissor Hamstring Stretch

Easy to do anywhere and safe for injured backs, this hamstring stretch is great if you're really tight.

Advanced Standing Hamstring Stretch

If the previous stretch isn't deep enough for you then try this variation. It's perfect for doing on a bench after a run in the park.

Modified Hurdler Stretch

This basic stretch is perfect for targeting one leg at a time, and is great for those with really tight hamstrings.

Forward Bend With Rounded Back

This stretch targets both hamstrings as well as the lower back.

Reclined Hamstring Stretch

Here's a relaxing way to stretch one hamstring at a time.


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