Doesn’t it just boggle your mind how insanely intricate the human body is?? I could just nerd-out all day long researching the bod. So, today I’ve got a little something different for you…hip flexor stretches!! Hip flexor whhhaaa???
Yep, ya heard me right! But hip flexor stretches aren’t a recipe you might say?? Well, yes…yes they are!! Hip flexor stretches are a recipe for preventing injury! I know you’re used to me posting a “healthified” recipe each week, which I do love sharing with you all. However, a fit philosophy (hence the blog name 🙂 ) is one that encompasses all things fit and healthy!
I am the queen of being really great about stretching and rolling out with a foam roller for a while and then guess what…I’ll run out of class early and neglect the post workout stretch. I’ll be running late and not warm up before lifting. All of which are very very very bad for you!
So basically, I’ll get in a good jam for a while, and then I put stretching on the back burner, until I injure myself! Just take it from me, it ain’t fun! Learn from my mistakes and just really make that effort to get stretching in before and after working out. If possible, you should even try to get an entire session of just stretching or recovery yoga in at least once per week!
Since I’m just rebounding from a lower back injury, which was caused by tight legs, glutes, and hip flexors, I thought I’d share with you a few quick and easy hip flexor stretches to help prevent injury! You’ll definitely want to do these, trust me guys…About a year ago, I was out of commish for about 3 weeks and I was completely out of commission all of last week because I neglected to stretch!
- Spider Hip Flexor Stretch: First get into plank position, then take left leg and place foot on outside of left hand. Left leg knee should be over left ankle. Right leg should be extended behind you straight to help get a deep stretch in the hips and hamstrings. This should be an active stretch, so make sure glutes and legs are activated. Take a few deep breaths, return to plank position, switch sides.
2. Intense Hip Flexor Stretch: Begin in a lunge position with left foot forward. Place right knee on ground and reach back with right arm to grab right leg. This stretch is pretty intense, so if grabbing your leg is too much, start off with just a lunge. If you can get a good feeling there, just stay there and don’t overdo it. Depending on how tight your hamstrings are, this could also be difficult and use of a strap could be helpful.
I also stretch out with my rumble roller (this is seriously tha-shizzzznit) on the regular. Since I’ve decided to make a commitment to really never doing this to myself again, I have the travel size rumble roller so I can bring it with me everywhere.
I also bought these Yoga-Tune-Up balls from my badass yoga coach Maya Talisa from Dare2Yoga the other day. She teaches recovery yoga classes using these balls and my god they provide serious therapy and relief! They literally haven’t left my side (I know, I’m so punny!) since I bought them. I have them in the car, at work, and roll out when I’m watching TV. AMAZING.
Like I said, our bods are crazy intricate peeps and we only get one, so lets take care of it as best we can 🙂
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