After the fabulous efforts at Salford Tri on Sunday, I’m sure everyone stretched thoroughly and enjoyed a proper cool down – or something like that :0
Perhaps good stretches for this week would therefore be hamstrings. Give them a go and let me know how you get on – as always don’t force the stretches, if you don’t do them already, over time you’ll see improvement anyway so no need to go too mad.
1. Seated hamstring stretch
Sit on the floor with one leg straight and the other leg with your knee bent and the bottom of your foot against the inside of the straight leg thigh. Lean towards the straight leg taking care to keep good pelvic alignment to protect your lower back. Breathe in and on the exhale increase the stretch slightly, 3-4 times and hold for several seconds. Swap legs…..
2. Standing hamstring stretch
Stand tall and engage your core, breathe in and tucking your chin into your chest “roll down” the front of your body. Hang your hands down towards the floor – keep your legs straight - can you touch your toes or even place the flats of your hands on the floor?
Engage your core and roll back up into standing. Again, do this 3-4 times and see whether you can reach slightly further each time.
Don’t be tempted to bounce yourself lower!!
And remember if you’ve your own favourites, whatever they are please do share them…………