Exercise of the Week–THE SAW

This is a great one for stretching the hamstrings, but if you have tight hamstrings, you may need to prop yourself up a little bit to relieve the tension. Here’s how you do it:

  • Sit up tall with your legs straight out, open hip distance apart
  • Extend both arms out to the sides at shoulder height, thumbs turned toward the ceiling
  • Before beginning any movement try to lengthen through the spine
  • Inhale: Rotate from the waist to face your right leg
  • Exhale: Hinge forward toward your right leg, reaching your left hand toward your right pinkie toe and your right hand behind you (thumb rotates down on the back arm to make the shoulder more comfortable)
  • Inhale: Stack up tall, lengthening through the spine, still facing the right leg
  • Exhale: Rotate back to the center
  • Inhale: Rotate from the waist to face your left leg
  • Exhale: Hinge forward toward your left leg, reaching your right hand toward your left pinkie toe and your left hand behind you (thumb rotates down on the back arm to make the shoulder more comfortable)
  • Inhale: Stack up tall, lengthening through the spine, still facing the left leg
  • Exhale: Rotate back to center
  • Repeat 3 to 5 times each side

Notes:

The slower you move the more of a stretch you will get. Try to remember to turn your thumb down when the arm reaches behind you. Then remember to rotate it up when you are sitting center or reaching forward. If your hamstring, hips, or low back feel too tight, sit with you legs crossed and imagine that your legs are extend out in front of you. Try to keep your hips from shifting when you reach for either leg. Also, try to stay focused on keeping the back lengthened and the shoulders engaged to hold the arms, but not elevated up by the ears. Oh, yeah, and remember about the belly button to the spine.

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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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