Running Stretches: Hip Flexors
Creaking like the Tin Man?
Hip Flexors and why they matter!
Remember how the Tin Man needed his joints oiling in The Wizard of Oz? Well, so do you! Oiling your muscles and tendons with a good stretch will stop you creaking in the mornings and help you feel more comfortable when you're out running.
When I ask customers, 'do you stretch enough?' The usual response is, 'I don't stretch as much as I should.' And then everyone talks about the calf, quads, hamstrings, but rarely mentions the hip flexors.
What are the hip flexors? They're the muscles and tendons on the anterior (front) of your hip joint, linking your legs to your pelvis. They influence the movement between your top and bottom half. They effect the smoothness of your stride, feed into your quads, affect your hamstrings, and if they're tight, affect the spine and cause lower back pain.
So, they're pretty important!
And that's why I filmed this short video to show you an all in one stretch that will loosen you up from hip-to-toe.
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These are exercises that we've found very useful and want to share with our customers. But we're not certified instructors. Always consult your specialist before beginning any exercise programme. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.
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