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Before you work out, warm up your muscles with the stretches demonstrated in these Howcast videos; they'll keep sprains and cramps at bay.
You Will Need
- Comfortable clothing
- A floor
Lie on back
Lie on your back with your legs stretched out in front of you.
Grab knee & pull
Slowly bend your right knee up. Grab the back of your thigh just above that knee with both hands and pull it slowly toward your chest.
Relax your arms a bit so that your right knee is pointing straight up and your thigh is perpendicular to your torso and the floor.
Straighten leg & hold
Straighten your right leg so it's pointing toward the ceiling, and hold for 10-15 seconds.
Bend right knee
Bend your right knee for 5 seconds and then straighten again. Repeat this cycle 3 times.
Release the stretch slowly by bending your right knee and extending your right leg straight out in front of you.
Repeat on left leg
Bend your left knee up and repeat the stretch on your left leg, holding it for the same duration and the same number of repetitions as the right leg.
Release the stretch slowly by bending your left knee and extending your left leg straight out in front of you. You've never even thought about sending your hamstrings a thank you note, have you?