We’ve talked a lot about how frequent daily sitting over time shortens the muscles and soft tissue on the front of your hips and we’ve demonstrated an effective stretch to help with shortened, painful hip flexors. We’ve also talked about how the lifted heels in shoes can shorten your calves; even the smallest heel in a running shoe or men’s shoe can have this effect.
Did you know that chronic sitting also contributes to shortened muscles and soft tissue on the back of your legs? And, if you sit for long periods of time while wearing heeled shoes (even a small heel!) it’s a double whammy!
Today’s exercise comes from the Fascial Fitness® repertoire. It’s a stretch that focuses on maintaining oppositional length in the back of your leg while adding movement at the same time. This is what makes this stretch so effective.
If you’re a chronic sitter, or positive-heeled shoe wearer, this is an important stretch for you. However, to get the best results that last, you have to change how you’re using your body, too.
In addition to this exercise, try changing your position frequently throughout the day by standing up, walking around, or even sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you.
Basically, decrease the amount of time you spend with your knees bent for long periods of time.
One last thing before you try the exercise—be super diligent with yourself about maintaining your lumbar curve throughout the entire stretch. This allows you to truly find the length in the back your leg without compromising your low back, or avoiding the full benefit of the stretch.
I’d love to hear what you discover in the comments below!
See you in the studio,