If you’ve taken up the inKin challenge alongside family and friends, then you are probably training hard to be proclaimed the winners. Before heading out into the Great Outdoors or you gym, however, it is vital to leave some time for stretching. Failing to do so can result in weakness, tightness and pain. Muscular strength is also important for stability and stretching vital muscle groups before physical activity will help prevent injury and falls, and enable you to perform at your very best.
Stretching exercises for the hip flexors are highly beneficial and easy. One of the most popular is the ‘seated saddle stretch’, which involves sitting with your legs and around three or four feet apart (and your toes pointing upwards). To perform the stretch, put your hands on the ground or hold your feet and lunge your body forward until you feel a nice ‘burn’. Maintain the stretch for five deep breaths, and repeat!
Hip flexor stretches are great for those with sedentary jobs, since sitting for hours on end will most certainly tighten your hip flexor muscles and cause discomfort.
Ideally, you should combine your hardcore gym routines with yoga to open up your muscles and joints.
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