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Fitness

Flex Time: Stretching Guide to Loose and Limber Muscles

Follow our quick stretching guide to test your tight spots and loosen up your knots.
Hamstring flexibility test Hamstrings

Calling all desk jockeys: Make it a point to get up and walk around at least once every half hour. Otherwise, hamstrings remain shortened and become stiff.

The Test
Lie faceup on floor and lift right leg 90 degrees. Try to straighten right knee without moving thigh. Switch legs and repeat test.

Good (3 points): Leg is straight.
Fair (2 points): Knee is bent 20 degrees.
Poor (1 point): Knee is bent more than 20 degrees.

Jackknife stretch Stretch It Out: Jackknife

Sit on floor with legs extended in front of you. With back flat, hinge forward at hips and extend arms toward your toes to the point of tension; hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Straighten back up and extend arms toward toes again, this time rounding your back; hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Do stretch combo 5 times.

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