In this post:

  • how to use a trick of the nervous system to instantly release the tension in you hamstrings and lower back.


Author:
Nick Ortego is a health coach specializing in biohacking for runners. He integrates modern methods with the ancient wisdom of yoga to help runners get the most out of every aspect of life. He is the owner of N 2 Action, a wellness studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering personal training, health coaching, yoga, and fascial stretch therapy.
Also find more on the Nick Ortego Fitness YouTube Channel

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Video Transcript:
Hi Nick Ortego here. I’m going to teach
you how to touch your toes even if
you’re nowhere close to touching your
toes. There are little tricks you can use
in your nervous system that will help
you increase your flexibility in a
standing or seated forward bend. Being
able to release the hamstrings and the
lower back and get closer to touching
your toes. This is how we’re going to
do it. Stand up and bend over. Get
a feel for where your flexibility is.
Some people are going to be right here.
Others lower. Wherever you are
just hang into that forward fold and
then tuck your chin. Chin is tucked back
into your neck. Then
bend your elbows and clench your fists
so you doing like a bicep curl.
Clench your fists, bend your elbows squeeze your
biceps and squeeze your fists keep on
squeezing your biceps, keep on squeezing
your fists, squeezing your biceps. Take a
few deep breaths, squeezing the biceps
squeezing the fist. Take your
last big breath in and exhale and
release. Notice how much farther you’ve
gone into your forward fold. My hands are
flat on the ground. Only my fingertips were
touching at the beginning. You activate
the flexor chain by tucking the chin with biceps contracted
and fists clenched. It relaxes the extensor
chain the hamstrings and lower back and
lets you fold into that stretch try that
trick anytime you need a little extra
flexibility. Thank You.