There’s one muscle group in your body that gets super-tight whether you’re regularly working out or spending hours at a desk: your hips. To help you give that all-important area some tension-relieving TLC, fitness pros are sharing their favorite hip flexor stretches.
Put the soles of your feet together so your knees splay out. Jones recommends pressing your arms and legs into each other to create opposing force, then releasing your knees towards the floor to deepen the stretch.
This yoga pose will release tight hips, says Francois. Lie on your back and grab the sides of your feet or the backs of your thighs. Then pull your thighs down towards the ground to feel it in your hips — you can even rock from side to side to massage your back.
Bring one foot to the outside of your hands, keeping that knee hugged in towards your arm, says Cohen. Hold with your back knee up or on the ground. Then switch sides. Drop to your forearms to deepen the stretch if it doesn’t push the position of your front knee.
Do double duty in lizard pose by adding a quad stretch, says Cohen. Lift your back foot towards your butt. Grab that foot with the opposite hand to lengthen your quad and open your hip. Then switch sides. Use a strap to help reach your foot if you need.
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Open your hips and test your balance all at once with this yoga-based stretch. Place your right ankle on your left knee and sit back like you're lowering into a chair, says Jones. Press your right knee down to deepen the stretch, then repeat on the other side.