Getting Hip: Hip Stretches

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How can I stretch my hips to help my running?

Getting Hip: Hip Stretches

Hip stretches are difficult for many runners because distance running promotes tight hips. You may not notice when your hips are tight, but you will notice when they are loose; you'll feel that your running stride is easier and more relaxed if you do some hip stretches. Hip stretches are especially helpful after a run, but do them before you run if that is more convenient, or do them in any spare moment.

  • Sit on the floor with the left knee bent and left foot flat on the floor.
  • Bend the right leg and place the right foot on top of the left knee; your right knee should point out to the right side.
  • Support yourself with your hands so you don't fall backwards. You should feel a stretch in the outer part of your hip.
  • Hold for a count of 10, then switch legs and repeat on the other side.



9/30/2008 10:37:37 AM
Mike said:

Found it useful. Can feel the stretch i ned. Back to running after a long pause because of hip pain. Thanks.

2/19/2010 7:56:13 AM
Amy said:

Makes sense! I will try it out. Thanks!

2/22/2010 10:36:05 PM
Heidi said:

I'm glad this is helpful, good luck!

6/17/2010 7:57:57 PM
Kei said:

none of the usual stretches worked until this one . PERFECT


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