Running Tip – Try this hamstring stretch
Get more out of your next stretching session with this slight modification of the very popular stretching movement. Always remember to relax, stretch, breathe and stop if there is any pain. And if you’re more of a visual learner – I made 9 seconds Instagram Reels video you can check here -RunEatRepeat.
Hamstring Stretching Hack
First, what not to do = don’t lock your knee and flex your foot. This may feel like pulling your legs or the back of your leg because they are stretched. But this may just be a stretch from your straight leg and not actually get to the right place you’re trying to stretch.
If you normally lock your leg and then fold… try it the usual way and pay attention to how you feel. Then try this way and see the difference.
1. Place your leg on a low bench or step where you can safely maintain your balance to stretch. It should be less than knee height. The pier runs on this stretch.
2. Bend your knee slightly and point your toes away from your body. The amount of bending depends on your flexibility. You can adjust this in the next step as you relax in the stretch.
3. Carefully move the hinge forward until you feel the stretch. You should feel it in your hamstrings, but you may also feel a stretch in the back of your calves (especially if they are tight). Pause where you feel the stretch and let your body relax in it. the same. Hold it for 15 to 30 seconds and then switch legs. (Hold it longer if your body enjoys the stretch, or shorter if you are uncomfortable.)
Don’t push yourself to the point of discomfort or pain. This will make you nervous! Stop if you feel any pain.
Focus on relaxing the stretch. Pay attention to how you feel and whether there is a difference between your right leg and your left leg (note this in your running log).
How far you can reach or bend is not important at the moment. The goal is to prioritize stretching tight areas properly and examining your body. Incorporate this movement into your regular stretching routine.
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