Flexibility Techniques - Day 2
For our second day of Flexibility, let’s look at stretching techniques used to increase flexibility …
Stretching Your Hamstring
Fact: Tight hamstrings reduce the mobility of your pelvis, which in turn increases strain and pressure on your lower back. Statistic shows that more than 26 million Americans have frequent back pain
By strengthening and stretching your hamstring muscles as part of your everyday exercise routine, you can improve range of motion, prevent injuries and alleviate pain.
Strengthening and stretching your hamstrings reduces lower back pain. Your hamstring muscles will better support your back and pelvis while you move if the muscles are strong and flexible
Lie on you back with both legs straight out on the floor. Make sure you have a belt, strap or long towel to assist you in your stretch.
Gently wrap the strap around your ankle or base of your right foot while bringing the right leg forward. You can leave the left leg relaxed on the floor, or for less intensity, bend the left knee with the left foot on the floor.
Slowly, pull the right leg towards your chest, and feel the hamstring stretch. Always take your time with this stretch because it can be very intense.
If you can, try to straighten the right leg while it is stretching, and flex your right foot to increase the intensity. Breathe throughout the stretch to promote the muscle to release. Hold for at least 30 seconds. Release the strap and repeat on the left leg.
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