This week I have an exercise for you that not only feels fantastic but also provides an effective way to move and stretch the front of your hips and thighs—specifically, your hip flexors and quadriceps.
These are the muscles that attach your legs to the front of your body, so as you can imagine, they’re pretty essential, especially when walking and standing.
Sitting a lot, which is the norm in our culture, causes these muscles, and related soft tissue, to adapt by shortening.
While short, tight, congested hips feel uncomfortable, this muscle congestion also inhibits walking and standing and leads to compensation patterns, inactive glutes, and knee problems.
That’s why I’m always looking for ways to move and release this vital area because when your hips and legs move freely, your whole body moves with more freedom and ease.
So get ready to find tight spots you didn’t know you had and feel great in the process!
All you need is a comfortable spot where you can lie down.
I’m always curious about how these exercises and tips go when you try them out. So let me know how this exercise feels to you in the comments below the video.
With happy hip flexors,
P.S. Your body is constantly adapting and changing to how you use it most. So if you discover your body has adapted to sitting, it doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. No matter how old you are, if you change how you’re using your body, your body will change!
P.P.S. Creating more freedom and ease in your body is what The Pilates Tonic Membership is all about. It’s been getting a fabulous makeover and is almost ready for you! I can’t wait to share more about this new offering and all the ways it will help you keep your hip flexors and the rest of your body happy!