The tightness in my hips are getting really bad. I’m putting the blame on my day job, because our bodies are not made to sit at a desk for 10+ hours a day, and I pretty much do that all. the. time.
I remember earlier this year, I finally made it a priority to work with my hips/legs/back to prevent any pain or tightness within my back from sitting all day long. I went out and bought a foam roller to use at home to help release tension. I also began to incorporate more yoga poses into my post workout stretching routines to help obtain more flexibility. I did this by choosing a few poses, some easier than others, and every month I add in a few new poses to practice with. There has even been a few times where I’ve even done some of Candace’s yoga videos, which are really, really good if you want to check them out! I love her blog!
Since I usually workout first thing in the morning, I save my stretching for immediately after my workout; stretching the muscles I just worked. On mornings I don’t workout, I’ve been sometimes using this stretching sequence to help increase flexibility, strength and improve my energy flow throughout the day. I have to admit though, I should be stretching more often and with getting more workouts in this month being a part of my August goals, that will only mean more stretching. 🙂
This stretching sequence opens the chest, shoulders, hips and core while improving back and hamstring flexibility.
As you can see, I’m still learning, but maybe you are too! We all start somewhere. 😉
TIPS for the sequence:
+ during each pose, inhale nice and slow, deep breaths, exhaling nice and slow
+ hold each pose anywhere from 30 – 90 seconds (depending on your flexibility) or you can count breaths (3 breaths, 5 breaths, 7 breaths, etc)
+ focus on the area you’re stretching, releasing your mind of thought
+ remember to complete each pose (when appropriate) on each side of the body (to do this, I go through a few poses on the right side, then go through them again for the left)
DOWNWARD FACING DOG
UPWARD FACING DOG
TIP: get deeper into the lunge by grabbing your foot
HAND TO BIG TOE
LORD OF THE DANCE
The lord of the dance is a hard pose and I’m working with it, maybe one day I’ll actually be able to grab a hold of my foot. Another small goal out of the million I tend to make for myself. lol!
On Monday this week I spend about 15 minutes practicing a new hip pose that I absolutely cannot do. I’m terrible! I actually was thinking of taking a picture of how I can’t do it right now, and then hopefully in a few months it can be my “before” picture. It was a part of a yoga video that I had done to help open the hips, and when the instructor was going into this pose, I’m thinking, oh ya, I got this. But I didn’t. Then I couldn’t help but try again. It was such a shock to me. I know my hips are bad, but I didn’t realize they were that bad. I’m going to keep my head in the hip opening game and keep working at it. And hopefully in a few months I will share my progress with you. 🙂
Are you working towards a flexibility goal right now?
What area of your body do you find the hardest/tightest to work with?