I constantly hear, “If my hamstrings are tight, I should not work them out, right?”
My response is, "No. You should work them out! Especially because they’re tight. You have to stretch them, and then you have to strengthen them, because they are so tight that they’re weak. Some are tight on the inside or more towards the adductors in the thigh (semi tendinosus and semimembranosus) and weak in the back (bicep femoras), so we have to work on getting that leg muscle balanced so the mind-to-muscles communication can work properly. It is really important to do those hamstring curls either on a machine or a ball or a slider- whatever you have!
Check out this clip for a quick refresher in good form for this classic move, and get those hamstrings nice and strong.
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We have been working on this on Saturdays... Foam rolling is an excellent way to work out those knots - especially when you can't get a massage. It will help you iron out your muscle fibers and break up the fascia so you can use your body more efficiently. Just worked with a client today who couldn't bring her knee up into a knee hug; she said her hip was going out. Then we stretched and foam rolled and she was just fine! She was amazed. We just need to roll more often. It will hurt less every time! I recommend 5 minutes after your workout. Get into the habit and reap the benefits!
Got 15 minutes?
Did you know that 15 minutes of exercise each day brings a variety of health benefits? As reported by the BBC and Time magazine, 15 minutes makes a difference on your lifespan and overall health. Brisk walking is enough, especially for those who are not exercising much currently.
If you spend 15 minutes on a high-intensity workout (HIIT), the benefits are magnified. Scientific studies show that they include:
The bottom line is- get moving! Shoot to give yourself at least 15 minutes day (but remember- make it a flexible preference, not a demand). I've been dropping short stretch and fitness videos on my YouTube channel to help you reach this goal. Let me know what you think!
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