Finishing a run is definitely exhilarating, but it can leave you with insanely sore hamstrings. Here are three ways to show the backs of your legs a little love and relief.
- Get rolling: For sore or tight hamstrings, a deep-tissue massage can do wonders, but since you can't afford to spring for a spa session all the time, using a foam roller can be just as effective, without the dent in your wallet. Borrow one from the gym or buy one to keep at home. Start by sitting your tush on the roller with your hands supporting your weight about eight to 12 inches behind you. Lift your hips and feet off the floor and use your hands to slowly roll your lower body away from you. Move the foam roller back and forth slowly, pausing on any tight or sore spots.
- Get flexible: Increasing flexibility in your hamstrings can also prevent soreness and injury when running, so be sure to give your legs the attention they deserve after a run. Here's a yoga sequence that targets the backs of the legs.
- Get strong: Strengthening your hamstrings is also a must for runners, so be sure to incorporate some of these moves in your strength-training sessions every week: hamstring curls with a ball as well as these glute and hamstring exercises.