Sitting for long hours, leaning forward to work on laptop, reading or checking cell phone – all these seemingly non-consequential activities keeps our hamstrings in a short position for hours. Adding insult to injury, the tight hamstrings leads to spinal misalignment. This gives the first foothold to the ‘Beast’ that has been able to make our life difficult later on. This ‘foothold’ eventually leads to a myriad of carriage, stance and postural issues and injuries.
Today, running has become a popular recreational sport. Unknown to us, and incognito partner is our misaligned posture. The desk bound work posture permeates into the running form. This translates into running injuries, which could have developed over the years but manifests itself at the onset running practice.
The embedded video is a simple hamstring stretch. However, the way it has been performed can bring optimal flexibility to the hamstrings and glutes, as well as increased range of motion during running flight.
Tips: To be performed after running (3 times each holding for 30-40 seconds)
The outcome: improved performance & reduced injury.
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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.