Hip flexor stretch – Exercise of the Month
With the months getting cooler and shorter it’s harder to stay active. With this sedentary shift we can find our hip flexors start to tighten, particularly with more time sitting such as the commute to work and watching tele or going for a drink at the pub.
The kneeling hip flexor stretch is a great way to open the hips and surrounding muscles which get tight with prolonged sitting.
- Start in a kneeling position with one foot out in front. The back leg is the one you will be stretching.
- Keep your body straight and squeeze your glutes (this will help to keep your pelvis tucked and avoid over extending your back and losing the stretch).
- Maintaining this position lean slightly forwards without arching your back. Hold this for 20 seconds.
- If you could like to feel more stretch you can lift the same arm to the stretched leg (ie kneeling leg) and reach for the ceiling
As always stretches should not cause any pain and if so please stop immediately. If even after this stretch you’re still experiencing tight hips please give us a call and we can add manual treatment to get them sorted.