It’s Thursday and I am linking up with the Thinking Out Loud linkup.
This is not my typical TOL post but I do not have enough random thoughts right now so I thought I would share with you my favorite hip stretches.
During this round of half marathon training, after coming off an injury last year, I have been trying really hard to be better about my stretching habits. In addition to foam rolling my IT band, I have been working on stretching the hips and I think it is helping a lot! The hips are actually the root of all evil. Tight hips can cause imbalances in running form and can result in knee and foot pain.
Favorite Hip Stretches
This is a great stretch for the outer hip and IT band. For less stretch, you can keep your body upright such as here:
For a more intense stretch, you can fold your upper body over like so:
Lying on your back Pigeon pose (I don’t know all the names! 🙂
You want to keep the feet flexed for these stretches. That helps to protect the knee joints and ligaments. This one is a crossover stretch and can be modified for intensity based on where you place your hands.
Lying on your back legs crossed pose
This next one is similar to the last one but you cross one leg over the other one such as when you sit cross legged. And then you hug both legs to your body and gently pull against each leg for a deeper stretch.
Seated hip stretch – Double Pigeon
This pose is super hard! This is actually a huge improvement for me, at first I could barely even get into this pose. Again, keep your feet flexed!
For a deeper stretch (if you can), round your upper body over your legs as far as you can go:
Outer hip stretch
This final pose I just recently discovered from a YouTube video. It doesn’t look like much of a stretch but it’s actually really good for the outer hip and IT band.
Good Stretching Videos
Yoga for Runners with Adrienne – I really like Adrienne’s videos!
That’s all for now! Let me know in the comments below if you have other favorite stretches and/or stretching videos.