The hamstring muscle group can become tight due to lots of factors. You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from tightness in this muscle. Hamstring tightness may occur simply from too much sitting! Running, cycling, climbing hills or stairs, and the wearing of high heels may also cause a lot of tightness in this muscle.
There are different ways of doing the hamstring stretch. I’m going to show you my preferred way of doing this stretch.
- Sitting on the floor, tuck one leg into the other thigh.
- Keeping your back straight and only bending from the hips, gently reach both hands towards the foot of the outstretched leg.
- Hold for 30 seconds and return to upright position.
- Swap legs and repeat the stretch until you have done it three times on each side.
Remember to go gently and stop if there is pain. Make sure you read the intro to the stretches first.