Swimming does work the hamstrings, so maybe that's contributing. Or maybe it's related to your "back stuff"..?
Generally with tight muscles, the key is stretching as often as possible, since the effects of stretching don't last very long. A good interval is hourly. Since you'll be doing it often, choose stretches that you can do anywhere, like these:
Whenever you sit, don't tuck your feet under you, because that shortens the hamstrings.
Edited by: CHERIMOOSE at: 4/24/2013 (18:47)
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I second the yoga! I've been doing some of the beginner workouts from doyogawithme.com. I never really realized how tight my muscles were until after I'd done a few yoga videos. And now I'm hooked!
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I have issues with my hamstrings and quadriceps and for the hamstrings, during the day I will take one leg at a time and while I sit in my chair, I will raise my leg straight so it's parallel to the ground several times.
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Yoga, yoga, yoga. :) Seriously! A good yoga program will fully stretch EVERYTHING on your body, and help improve overall flexibility. You could do stretches that just target your hamstrings, but the problem with that is such issues are rarely isolated. Our bodies are not something you can compartmentalize.
SP even have a great article for runners (who often have hamstring problems) that you could probably get some use out of:
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I've recently noticed my hamstrings are really tight- a rehab doctor even commented on it (I was seeing her for unrelated back stuff but she said hamstrings can throw off my back too). What are some good stretches/exercises to loosen them up and increase flexibility?
I swim regularly, so I wonder if that's contributing to it.
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