Your hamstrings are made of three muscles on the back of your thigh, starting from your hip to your knee. It’s important to stretch them to avoid injury, especially if you’re a runner or weight training.
They are essential for everyday activities like walking, so pay special attention to them since they are prone to strain and tears. Take your time while doing these stretches, and remember to breathe.
Sitting Hamstring Stretch
Take a seated position on the floor and straighten your right leg. Bend your left leg and bring the bottom of your foot to your inner right thigh. While keeping your back straight, lean forward. Remember to breathe. Repeat on the opposite side.
Lying Hamstring Stretch
Lie down on your back with your knees bent. Take your right leg and bring it to your chest before extending it straight into the air. If you have a band or strap, use it to pull the extended leg closer. You can also pull it closer with your hands. Switch sides.
Start in a high plank pose. While keeping your spine straight, send your tailbone into the air. You can keep your knees bent if this stretch is too much. If you want more of a stretch, then connect your heels to the floor.
One Leg Standing Hamstring Stretch
While standing in a neutral position, put your right foot out, and stretch your toes to your shin. Bend your left knee and rest your hands on your left thigh. Lean forward from your hip. Repeat on the opposite side.
Lunging Hamstring Stretch
Start in a lunge position with our right leg in front. Put your hands on the floor, on the sides of your right foot. Send your hips back and straighten your front leg. Repeat on the other side.
Please note that if any of these stretches are extremely painful, consult your doctor to make sure you do not have an injury.