As you proceed through your fitness plan, you may feel sorer as you get stronger. Stretching before and after your workouts, before and after you are sitting for long periods, before and after sleep is necessary. In fact, ALWAYS stretching is always a good idea!
Soreness and tightness that we attribute to our workouts, can come from being immobile, also.
Hamstrings are often an area that feel tight, but that feeling can radiate from actual tightness in our hips + lower back, not our hammies.
This stretch will get you moving, target those important areas, and is a great addition to your morning kick start routine.
Standing Hamstring Scoop
1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
2. Shift your weight into the left foot and extend your right leg forward with your heel on the ground, toes pointed toward the ceiling, and right knee straight.
3. Bend your left knee and sit back into your hips. Reach both arms towards your right foot and lift them overhead in one fluid “scooping” motion.
4. Repeat on the opposite leg.
5. Perform 8-10 reps per side.
Remember the hamstring muscles are a group of three muscles that run along the back of your thigh from your hip to just below your knee. There are three hamstring muscles:
• Biceps femoris.
These muscles make it possible to extend your leg straight behind your body and to bend your knee. Always warm up and cool down with stretches!