Hip Flexor Stretches

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Hip flexors often take a beating during the day and can become very tight and sore. Learn how to stretch the hip flexors with tips from a fitness instructor in this free stretching video.

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Stretching the hip flexors is vital. It take a beating, throughout the day, because it's a muscle that's always on, through ambulating, walking all day, cycling, pretty much any lower body exercise. It's a little difficult to focus in on there, it's not a real vascular area, so it tends to take its tole there. So, one good way to hit that, standing, is to just take your back leg behind you, with the knee slightly bent and we're going to practice a rock and roll with the pelvis. Turning to the side, you can see how I'm going to roll forward, pressing that hip flexor in the opposite direction and release. If you've got good balance, just bring your elbows out, to your peripheral vision, that'll help keep your chest lifted. Activate that center of gravity and that core and keep pressing forward, here, with a slight bend, in both knees. It's a great stretch for cyclists and, again, anybody doing any lower body activity, as well as walking. Just make sure you do each side, holding to ten, and work your way up to thirty seconds each.

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