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Stretching and Flexibility Exercises

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Updated August 09, 2010

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Seated Hamstring Stretch
Stretching and Flexibility Exercises
Paige Waehner
Tight hamstrings can cause a number of problems including knee pain, back pain or even pulled muscles. Taking time to stretch after a workout or after sitting for long periods of time can keep the hamstrings flexible and supple. This seated stretch is a great way to build flexibility in the hamstrings from a supported position.
  1. Sit on a step or on a chair with another chair in front of you.
  2. Stretch the left leg out on the step, keeping the right foot on the floor for support.
  3. Sit up tall and lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in the back of the leg. Avoid rounding forward, but keep the torso as straight as you can.
  4. Use your left hand on the thigh, shin or foot to gently pull forward, deepening the stretch.
  5. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat 1-3 times on each leg.
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