Primary muscles: Hip flexors
Secondary muscles: Quads, glutes
Equipment: No equipment
HIP FLEXOR STRETCH INSTRUCTIONS
1. Kneel on your right leg and bend your left leg in front of you at a 90 degree angle.
2. Shift your weight forward until you feel a stretch in your hip.
3. Switch legs and repeat the stretch.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
While doing the hip flexor stretch keep your back in a neutral position and face forward. Breathe in through your nose and, as you breathe out through your mouth, try to deepen the stretch. Don’t let your front knee go past your toes and only go as far as it feels comfortable to you.
The hip flexor is a group of several muscles that allow you to bend at the waist and lift your knees. Since we spend a lot of time sitting down, those muscles are often tight and may even be shortened. Stretching your hip flexors properly and regularly keeps your hips and lower back strong, flexible and well aligned.
INTENSITY AND DURATION
Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds on each leg. Remember to always do this stretch after a lower body workout to prevent hip flexor tightness and postural problems.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the hip flexor stretch, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: