The hamstring muscle group is located in the back of your thigh and is responsible for bending or flexing your knee.
Keeping your hamstrings loose will lower the chance of straining or tearing your muscle fibers while running. Stretching after exercise helps relieve muscle tension. This will help your muscles recover faster and reduce pain after a workout.
It's best to performing these types of stretches when your muscles are warm, preferably after a run or warm up, or you may risk injury.
Try this stretch to keep your hamstrings loose and flexible:
*While standing up straight with legs crossed, right leg over your left, with the feet close together.
*Next, while keeping a soft bend in your knees, slowly lower your upper body and let your hands reach down towards your feet. Keep reaching, as far as you can, until you feel a mild stretch along the back of your left leg.
*Hold the stretch for thirty seconds then repeat with the opposite leg. Try two sets for each leg.
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