Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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Alternative Hamstring Stretch


Illustration of the Alternate Hamstring Stretching exercise Stretches muscles in the back of the thigh.

  1. Stand behind chair, holding the back of it with both hands.
  2. Bend forward from the hips (not waist), keeping back and shoulders straight at all times.
  3. When upper body is parallel to floor, hold position for 10 to 30 seconds. You should feel a stretch in the backs of your thighs.
  4. Repeat 3 to 5 times.