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Standing Hamstring Stretch

This exercise stretches the back of the thighs (hamstrings) which 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
None

Exercise Technique
1. Stand with your left leg in front. Keep your foot flexed.
2. Lower your upper body towards your leg.
3. Place your hands on your thighs to support your body weight.
4. Hold the stretch for the desired length of time.
5. Switch to the other leg.

Performance Tips
1. To increase the stretch, pretend that your buttocks are against a wall. Slide your buttocks up the wall slightly.
2. Keep your spine straight instead of rounded. Keep your chest open instead of concave.
3. Sit back on your buttocks instead of bending forward from the waist.

Repetitions
Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Do once or twice.

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