Stretch that HAM !!

ham·string  (/ˈhamˌstriNG/)

n.

1.Ham that is strung on a string usually made of nylon, safe for consumption
2. Any of the tendons at the rear hollow of the human knee.
2. or hamstrings The hamstring muscle.
3. The large tendon in the back of the hock of a quadruped.
       Ok ok .. I made that 1st one up. Dont take it so seriously,  its about 5 weeks to Ironman 70.3 Singapore and I was hammering it on the bike last weekend with Benny, and after the ride went for a run,  Had no stop to my training and Sunday went for a Gym session working solely on the legs (No pun intended) and then for a Swim.
I knew after the bike ride my hamstring was wacked..  but knowing me, I always felt like #BeastMode, I preserver and move on. Monday went for a 10k run whilst testing the Polar RCX5 Gps, I knew I was a goner. My hamstrings really felt like its in a knot, so tight that I can’t even bend. #suckstobeme
“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise – it makes you stretch.
Mary Kay Ash

Anyway, this are the few stretches I have done and would like to share, Next time I will post picture of my own doing those stretches so you can see how knotted up I am in.
1. Tipover Tuck Hamstring Stretch

This stretch is good for your hamstrings and also loosens tight shoulders.

  • Stand with your feet hips-width distance apart. Interlace your hands behind your back. Keeping your legs straight, bend at the hips, tucking your chin, and bringing your hands over your head.
  • Relax the back of your neck and if the stretch is too intense, release your hands, placing them on the backs of your thighs, and soften your knees. Hold for 30 seconds and slowly roll up to standing.
2. One-Legged Seated Hamstring Stretch

This is a great “in front of the TV stretch” or for cooling down after a run.

  • Sit on the floor and straighten your left leg in front of you. Bend the right knee, placing the sole of your right foot against your left inner thigh.
  • Fold over your left leg, keeping your back straight. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs.

3. Standing Hamstring Stretch

Easy to do anywhere and safe for injured backs, this hamstring stretch is great if you’re really tight.

  • Place your right foot on a step or stool. Flex your foot and bend forward from your hip joint, keeping your back and right leg straight. After holding for 30 seconds, switch sides.


4. Reclined Hamstring Stretch

Here’s a relaxing way to stretch one hamstring at a time.

  • Lie on your back, bend your right knee and place your right foot on the floor. Raise your left leg as high as you can keeping your pelvis flat on the ground. Hold your lower thigh and encourage the leg to move toward your head. Flex your foot to stretch your calf too.
  • To deepen the stretch, place a yoga strap or towel on the ball of your foot and use your hands to pull the strap toward you. After 30 seconds, switch legs.
Well if you got the moolah, just got visit a sports Masseuse, bet they can really get you stretching !!
Oh yeah its also Valentines day.. Wishing you readers a HAPPY STRETCHY Valentines.. stretching to the wallet I say.
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