Status:Closed Asked:Jan 07, 2014 - 07:58 AM
What would you recommend for an 18 year old male 6'5", 180 pounds who is having trouble with tight hamstrings?
Flexibility is a very important part of fitness and health as it can be helpful in warding off injuries. For any individual looking to improve their flexibility, consistency is key. Be sure to implement stretching, both static (without movement) and dynamic (with movement) on a daily basis if improvement is your goal. After a short warmup, 5-10min of walking/biking or the like, add in some dynamic stretches like knee hug walking or straight leg kicks. A downward dog is also a great stretch to do before or after your workout and others can be found in our exercise library here: https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/exercise-library-details/7/18/ .
After your workout is completed don’t forget to do your static stretches. Lying hamstring stretch along with a glute and low back stretch would all help increase the flexibility in the legs. Take a look at this article for more info: http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/healthy-living-article/60/3658/post-run-stretc
Here is a great article about different types of stretches that maybe helpful: http://www.acefitness.org/blog/2966/what-are-the-different-types-of-stretching .
Remember to always have warm muscles before beginning any flexibility routine. This can include a light form of exercise, massage, heat, or foam rolling. Static stretches can be held 30-60 seconds and should be held at the point of comfort. You should feel a good stretch but never pain, as this could mean you are going beyond what your body is ready for.
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