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
This muscle can often be injured or strained when jogging and doing
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
Sit in your chair and place both feet flat on the floor with legs
shoulder width apart.
- 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.
- Now place your hands on your thighs to support your body
and slowly slide your hands down until you feel the stretch. Keep your
- 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.
- 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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