The Hamstring Stretch

Photo Credit: Sara Beth Turner Photography

Start your day off right with this stretch. It releases tension in the lower back, giving you a lighter and more efficient stride. Back pain is a very common problem due to the fact that we’re sitting far too much, which shortens muscles and tightens fascia and creates compression, causing pain overtime.

Practice:

Place one heel on a ballet barre or chair, height depending on your flexibility. Straighten both lefs and flex your top foot so your toes face upwards; check to be sure your standing leg is parallel. Sit upright, draw your shoulder blades together and then lean forward reaching for your thigh, shin or foot, keeping your spine lengthened until you feel a stretch at the back of your calf, knee and hamstring. Hold for a good 20-30 seconds. Return to starting position and repeat on the other leg.

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