Active Hamstring Stretch
"Hamstrings are typically tight," which can affect leg and back motion, said Lucinda Bouillon, PT, PhD, associate professor and director of the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Toledo. She recommended this hamstring stretch to loosen the muscle.
- Start standing with your feet hips-width apart.
- Shift your weight to your right leg and take a small step forward with your left leg. Keep your left foot flexed, so your toes are pointing back towards your body and only your heel is on the ground.
- Keep your back flat and your chest lifted as you reach your left hand toward your left toes. Grab your toes if you can, or rest your hand on your knee or shin. You can also bend your left leg slightly if you're extra tight. You should feel a gentle stretch in the back of your thigh as you hold the position for a moment.
- Tighten your core as you straighten back up to standing. Step back with your left foot to return to the starting position.
- Switch sides and repeat to stretch your right hamstring.