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This blog is the second in a series where our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, will be bringing tips for injury prevention and strength training to help improve our running performance. Today Carrie shares a great stretch to relieve our tight hip flexors and gluteus muscles. For more expert advice from Carrie, check out our first annual fall running retreat this October!
If you are like most women, your hip flexors and glutes are extremely tight. This may not be a result of our workouts, but from our normal everyday activities. Our glutes and hip flexors have become shortened and tight from sitting at our desks or driving to and from work, grocery shopping, or those family road trips that we all love to do. Therefore, stretching a bit before and after activity is great. The pigeon pose is an easy stretch that will hit both targeted areas. Simply hold the pose for about 10-15 seconds and repeat 3 times on each side. You can shift your weight to find the right angle to meet your body's needs.