The way our body is designed, as well as the sedetary lifestyle we live, we tend to rely a lot on the quadriceps. For those of you new to this word, this is the group of muscles at the front of the thigh which tend to overpower a lot of everyday movements from walking and running to getting up from sitting and taking the stairs. Without being aware, your quads are getting stronger and your hamstrings at the back are getting weaker and shorter. This can lead to issues with the knees, lower back, hips and ankles. Having short hamstrings increases the risk of suffering a hamstring strain, especially for runners. Because the hamstrings attach to the pelvis, inflexibility here can pull your entire posture and alignment out of place. Most commonly, this is closely related to causing back pain. So, with ample reasons to avoid all this and work through the pain of stretching, here is a little series that can be helpful. It also has some interesting info about the hamstrings in general, which have to be one of my favourite group of muscles.