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Snooze, You Lose: How to do a Seated Hamstring Stretch at Work

September 04, 2019

The seated hamstring stretch is a good way to stretch the muscles in the back of your thigh… called your hamstrings.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Extend one leg out in front of you, with your heel on the floor and your toes pointed up.
  • Sit up nice and tall.
  • Keep your chest up and your spine long as you slowly lean forward, bending at the hips…
  • until you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh.
  • Keep your back straight.
  • And keep the knee of your extended leg as straight as you can.
  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and then slowly return to your original position of sitting nice and tall.
  • Do this stretch 2 to 4 times on one side. Then switch legs and do this exercise 2 to 4 times on the other side.

Some soreness or discomfort may be expected… but stop doing an exercise if you have increased pain.

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