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1/7/2005 - sally
If I work out 5/wk on a treadmill with a 10% grade for 30 minutes what can I do to work the opposing muscles. If it's relevant, I have tight hamstrings and some minor knee pain on occasion. Thank you.

Sally, you might want to try one of the following: 1) walk backwards occasionally (great for the quadriceps, see http://www.bodyresults.com/E2BackwardsWalking.asp for more on that); 2) walk faster on a low incline (steep works more hamstrings and glutes); and 3) try cross-training on something like an elliptical trainer (if it's available to you) so that you give your knees a break. Add some targeted strengthening exercises as pictured at http://www.bodyresults.com/E2Hamstrings.asp and a great hamstring stretch from yoga (or even taking some yoga classes, or trying a yoga video suggested at http://www.bodyresults.com/E2trianglepose.asp) and hopefully that will help you.

Thanks for the question,
Court


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