1 stretching exercise that will keep your body supple for life


Stretching is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body. Not only does it help to prevent injury and improve flexibility, but it can also reduce stress and increase your overall sense of wellbeing. While there are many different types of stretching exercises out there, one that stands out as particularly effective is the standing hamstring stretch.

The standing hamstring stretch is a simple yet effective exercise that targets the hamstrings, the large muscles at the back of your thighs. These muscles are used extensively in everyday activities such as walking, running, and climbing stairs, so it's important to keep them supple and flexible. Here's how to do the standing hamstring stretch:

1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.

2. Place your right foot on a raised surface such as a step or a low stool. Your heel should be on the edge of the surface, and your toes should be pointing up.

3. Keeping your back straight, slowly lean forward from your hips, reaching down towards your right foot with your hands. If you can't reach your foot, don't worry - just go as far as you can without straining.

4. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, breathing deeply and trying to relax into the stretch.

5. Slowly release the stretch and come back up to a standing position.

6. Repeat the stretch on the other side.

The standing hamstring stretch is a great exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. It's gentle enough for beginners, yet challenging enough for more advanced practitioners. By practicing this stretch regularly, you'll improve your flexibility, reduce your risk of injury, and keep your hamstrings supple and healthy for life.

In conclusion, stretching is an important part of maintaining a healthy body, and the standing hamstring stretch is one of the most effective stretching exercises you can do. By incorporating this stretch into your daily routine, you'll reap the many benefits of increased flexibility, reduced stress, and improved overall wellbeing. So why not give it a try today? Your body will thank you for it!

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  1. I've done this stretching exercise since I was 14 and I'm now 63 and can still touch my toes. Living proof it works 👍

  2. Difficult when you have a bad back to do this. I had to do it sitting down and place my leg on the couch in front with pillows behind me. Couldn’t touch my toes but made my knees. Will keep it up and see how long before I can do normally.

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