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The hip flexors are vital to all kinds of movement, but they tend to get overlooked and abused — especially when seated at a desk all day. Tight hip flexors can slow us down on the track and cause lower back pain, making it difficult to maintain good posture. (No wonder it’s so hard to stand up straight….) The most effective remedy? Stretch them out! Here’s one of our favorites:
The Kneeling Stretch: Kneel with the right knee and shin on the ground, and the foot pointed and left foot in front (knee bent and aligned with the ankle at 90-degrees). Place your hands on left thigh and press hips forward until you feel tension in the front right hip. Hold for 30 seconds and switch legs.
The Takeaway: Stretch out the hip flexors to get faster on the track and more comfortable everywhere else.
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