Skip Nav
Healthy Recipes
30 Treats For the Ultimate Healthy Halloween
Food Video
The Scary Truth Behind Your To-Go Oatmeal
Healthy Living
7 Foods to Eat When You're Sick

Fit Tip: Stretch Your Hamstrings While Tying Your Shoes

Doing deep stretching before a run isn't a great idea because you're not totally warmed up and could end up tearing a muscle. In lieu of this I like to do a little light stretching, just to wake up my muscles before a long workout.

Here's a gentle stretch to try that I'm sure you've done a million times, but if you do it while tying your sneaks, it's a great way to kill two birds with one stone. Stand with your feet three-feet apart. Turn both feet in the same direction so you can focus on one hamstring at a time. After you tie your shoe, keep your torso folded over your thigh and tuck your chin. Stay like this for a good 30 seconds or more, and then switch sides. If your hamstrings are too tight then prop one foot on a table or chair. You can also do this by sitting in a straddle position. After your run, untie your shoes like this for another stretch.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Elliptical Core Workout
Safety Tips For Exercising Alone
Exercises For Beginning Runners to Prevent Injuries and Correct Form
How to Recover After Staying Up All Night
Add Rowing Moves to Your Push-Up Routine
Uneven Running and Hard Foot Strike Can Lead to Overuse Injuries in Running
Don't Skip Side-to-Side Moves When Working Out

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds