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.
- Sit on a step or on a chair with another chair in front of you.
- Stretch the left leg out on the step, keeping the right foot on the floor for support.
- 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.
- Use your left hand on the thigh, shin or foot to gently pull forward, deepening the stretch.
- Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat 1-3 times on each leg.