If you sit or stand most of the day – or if you run, jump and/or work out regularly – chances are you have tight hips. And you might not even know it!
Tight hips can cause back and knee pain and, if you’ve been sitting at your desk working for too long, it can get harder and harder to get up and move around normally.
Stretching your hips regularly will make a big difference in how you feel! There are a lot of ways you can care for your hips to help keep them happy and flexible: yoga, foam rolling, stretching and even massage can help.
This routine doesn’t have to be super fancy. In fact, you can do a few quick stretches while sitting at your desk at work.
Seated glute and hip stretch: Sit tall in your chair, feet hip-width apart, toes facing front, feet firmly on the floor. Cross your right ankle over the your left knee, making sure your left foot remains in its original position.
Flex your right foot and try to gently lower your right knee so it is parallel with the floor (skip this step if it bothers your knee). Gently lean forward, leading with your chest so your back stays straight, until you feel a stretch in the right hip and glute.
Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Let us know how you feel afterwards!