Writer: EMILY KELLEHER | Outlet: Yahoo Lifestyle
Tight hips are to blame for so much pain, lack of gain, and injury. When it comes to movement, so much rides on the hips. Tight hips — which can be a symptom of both sitting all day and running, lifting, or moving without stretching — can lead to wear and tear on the knees, ankles, even the heels. Hip opening stretches will not only helps loosen those hips, but they can help prevent future injury to the rest of your body — from knee pain to plantar fasciitis. The trouble is that hip stretches are not exactly intuitive. If you have tight hamstrings, you touch your toes. Tight quads? Pick up your foot. But to get into your hip flexors, you’re going to have to work for it.
These 10 moves will loosen up those hard to reach hip flexors. Just ease into each position, stretch until you can feel it, and don’t overdo it. A good stretch generally lasts 10-60 seconds, but you should always stop if you feel pain.