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Seated Hamstring Stretch

Stretched the back of the thighs (hamstrings) that are usually tight in a lot of people. Tight hamstrings can contribute to lower back pain by pulling the pelvis and spine into a kyphotic or “flat-back” posture. Tight hamstrings are also more prone to getting strained or pulled during sports or everyday activities.

Equipment
Exercise mat

Exercise:

1. Sit with your left leg straight in front of you, your right leg bent at the knee with your foot against your inner thigh.
2. Slowly lean forward from your hip joint until you feel a stretch in the back of your right thigh.
3. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds. Continue breathing normally.
4. Do the other leg.

Performance tips:

1. Lean forward from your hip joint, not your spine.
2. Avoid starting the movement by bending the head.
3. Avoid stretching to the point of pain.
4. If you flex your foot, you will also feel a stretch in the calf.

Repetitions:
Holding the positions for eight slow counts on each leg makes one set. Do four to six sets.

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