One thing I’ve worked on big time this year is flexibility and mobility.
It has helped every other aspect of my overall fitness.
I get up in the morning, and I feel better and have less pain, so I end up wanting to move more during the day.
It makes certain strength movements easier to do from a range of motion perspective, which has made me stronger overall.
Feeling better and moving better even helps with having a more positive mindset throughout the day.
Specifically, one of my tightest areas has always been the hips.
If you spend a lot of the day in a flexed (sitting) position, maybe you have the same issue?
When this happens, we lose good hip extension mechanics, which impacts so many of the athletic movements that we do. It can also result in back and knee pain.
The couch stretch will help losen up the hips and restore that.
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THE COUCH STRETCH
– Start by standing in front of a couch or chair
– Put your back knee on the couch or chair and keep your front leg on the ground
– Put your back foot up against the back of the couch or chair
– Point the back toe
– Squeeze your glutes, and the glute of the up leg in particular, to stabilize your lower back and correctly position the hip joint
– With the butt squeezed, drill the front of the hip towards the ground
– Work on this daily for at least 60 seconds per side
Try doing the Couch Stretch daily for a week – 60 seconds each leg, each day – and pay attention to the change you can create.
– Forest Vance
Master of Science, Human Movement
Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
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