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Treadmill Stretch: Hamstring and Lower Back

After running on the treadmill, stretching is a must. I know once I finish my run if I step off the machine, it's so easy to skip the very important stretching. So I like to do some stretches while still on the treadmill. You'll feel this one in your hamstrings and lower back.

  • Turn the treadmill OFF and be sure the belt can't slide back. You want to make sure the ground you're standing on is completely stable. Keep your left foot planted and lift your right leg up. Place the back of your ankle up on the front of the treadmill, so your heel is hanging off. Try to straighten your right leg so you feel the stretch in your hamstring.
  • Stay standing, or for a deeper stretch, fold over your right leg. In order to feel it in your lower back, stick your tailbone up towards the ceiling. Try not to round through your back, but rather lengthen your spine by reaching your chest out towards your foot.
  • Stay here for twenty or more seconds and then do the other side.

Don't forget to stretch your quads next!

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