Seated Hamstring Stretch

Senior Stretching Exercises Video Series

This seated hamstring stretch is the senior stretching exercise video in this series. Keeping your hamstring strong can help minimize risk of falling.

This muscle can often be injured or strained when jogging and doing certain sports.

The hamstring is the muscle located on the backside of the thigh. This muscle crosses two different joints; the hips and the knees.

Because of this, keeping this muscle stretched and healthy can help support the hips and knees and minimize pain in these joints.

Stretching helps promote healthy blood flow and fluid exchange which is what keeps your muscles nourished and free of waste product buildup.

This in turn helps the muscles to function at their optimal level and lowers risk of injury.

The hamstring muscle is on that should always be stretched even if you don't have time for other stretches.

If this muscle is too tight as you go about your daily activities, it can create a downward pull on your pelvis. This can lead to dysfunction of your hip, sacroiliac, and lumbar spinal joints.

Exercise #5 - Seated Hamstring Stretch

You can really feel the stretch with this one. Just be sure you don't stretch too far. Go as far as it feels comfortable but be sure you feel the stretch.
  1. Sit in your chair and place both feet flat on the floor with legs shoulder width apart.
  2. Extend one leg out straightening your knee and placing your heel on the ground. You can bend your knee slightly to avoid unwanted stress on this joint.
  3. Now place your hands on your thighs to support your body and slowly slide your hands down until you feel the stretch. Keep your back straight.
  4. Hold the stretch for at least a count of 20. You can deepen your stretch by sliding down a bit further and aiming your chest down to your knees.
  5. Repeat this stretch on the other side.
To see this senior stretching exercise demonstrated, click on the play button on the below video.

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