Hip tightness is a common complaint for runners of all levels. The repetitive nature of running can lead to flexibility restrictions throughout the lower extremities, which in turn may contribute to injury. Today we review a static stretching routine to to help lengthen the muscles and increase your range of motion. Static stretching is best performed after activity or at the end of your workout. Each movement should be held in a comfortable range for at least 30 seconds and repeated 3 times on each leg.
This stretching routine is not exclusively for runners and can be beneficial for other athletes or even those experiencing hip tightness from prolonged sitting, etc. If you experience pain with any movement, discontinue the exercise and consult with your physical therapist before continuing.