2 Overlooked Reasons Your Hamstrings Are Tight:
1) You are not doing enough exercises to strengthen your hamstrings.
The first reason is that you are not doing enough exercises to strengthen your hamstrings. There are many types of exercises which can improve your flexibility and strength in the muscles of the lower back, but there is no such thing as too much exercise when it comes to strengthening the muscle groups involved with running or any other type of physical activity. If you do not have sufficient strength in your legs, then you will not be able to run fast and jump high.
If you want to increase your speed and jumping ability, then it is essential that you strengthen your legs. A good way to build up the leg muscles is through running or any other type of physical activity.
However, if you are just starting out, you may feel uncomfortable doing some of these exercises. For example, if you are a beginner runner and do not yet have the necessary strength in your legs to perform certain types of movements, then it would be better to start off slowly with the exercises mentioned above.
You may start off by walking before you start running. Alternatively, you can perform lower-body exercises at the gym or engage in any other activity where you don’t need to jump around or run all that much. Over time, your legs will become stronger and more flexible and this will allow you to withstand more strenuous exercises.
2) You have tight hamstrings
Another reason for having tight hamstrings is due to the fact that you have tight hamstrings. This may sound strange, but it is indeed a very real reason why many people experience tight hamstrings.
Now, there are some exercises that you can perform to improve the flexibility of your hamstrings. The very simple act of stretching your hamstrings on a regular basis will go a long way in helping you achieve better flexibility in this region.
However, there are other reasons why your hamstrings may be tight. If you sit down at a desk for many hours each day, then this will lead to your hamstrings becoming tight. Even if you exercise on a regular basis, your hamstrings will still become tight if you are spending several hours each day sitting down.
As you would expect, this stiffness in the muscles of the lower back will make it difficult for you to stretch. For this reason, you should find ways to break up the monotony of your day-to-day routine.
Be Smart When Running
Many people jump into a running routine without considering how this will impact their overall well-being in the long-term. There are two major issues that you may experience if you begin a running program without preparing your body for this activity. The first of these issues is an increased risk of injury and the second issue is burnout.
Now, with respect to the first issue (injuries), there is a possibility that you will get an injury no matter how you go about training for a running event. This is especially true if you begin a running routine all on your own, without working your way up gradually. Even if you have no prior running experience, this does not mean that you will be immune to getting an injury.
Given this fact, another reason why you may wish to proceed with caution when it comes to running is because you do not want to injure a part of your body that you utilize for your day-to-day activities.
For many people, running is not really a “day-to-day activity”. Rather, it’s something that they do once every few days or so. Even still, some people only run during their designated running days and do not run at all on other days of the week.
Most people, even runners, understand that it is not a good idea to run every day. This is because it places an added stress and strain on your muscles and joints that they are not used to. This can lead to injuries and other health problems.
Even if you are a runner, you will most likely run less than six days per week. You may also run less than six days per week if you are just starting out running or you are training for a longer distance race.
If you run less than six days per week, then it only makes sense that you shouldn’t be running on the days in between these runs. At least not at a fast pace.
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Patellofemoral Syndrome: Don’t Overlook the Hip by J Sidhu – dynamicchiropractic.ca
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