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Stretching exercise series: Episode 6 – Hamstring stretch

The Mayo Clinic reports that most Americans spend 6 or more hours a day sitting, often in front of a computer at work. Our 6-part stretching series is designed to help you combat some of the aches and pains associated with being seated for many hours a day.

This final stretch in the series is designed to help your leg muscles. Check out the first 5 stretches in the series, including: chin tuck, corner or doorway stretch, scapular retraction, prone on elbow and prone press up and hip flexor stretch.

As always, please check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.stretching exercises hamstring 1

Step 1. Sitting at the edge of your bed, lift your left leg onto the bed keeping your right leg on the ground. Place your hands over your left knee to push down and straighten completely.

stretching exercises hamstring 2Step 2. With your knee straight, sit tall keeping your back flat, slowly lean forward at the hips until you feel a moderate stretch. Hold for 45 seconds, repeating 3 times. Once complete, repeat with your right leg.

“This stretch will prevent hamstring tightness that may cause your knees to not fully extend. Walking with bent knees overtime will cause hip and low back pain,” said Adam Diver, a physical therapist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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