If you work at a desk all day do this quick test.
Stand up and look at your toes.
Are they pointed out like a ducks feet?
I probably don’t have to tell you this, but you have tight hip flexors, which is one way your body is harmed by sitting at a desk all day. It’s time for you to start stretching.
This October 24th article from Men’s Health Magazine is one you might want to take a look at or you can read on and watch the video below. I’d actually rather you read on 😉
In just a few one minute sessions throughout your day you an undo the tangle your muscles have become while sitting at your desk which will ease the pain in your knees, hips & back and improve your results at the gym.
The stretch is called the “elevated pigeon stretch.” The elevated pigeon stretch:
- opens hips
- helps get “duck feet” realigned when standing
- reduces lower back pain
- reduces knee pain
- improves performance on squats and dead lifts
- helps you run faster
- helps you jump higher
If you are at all familiar with Yoga, then you recognize this as a variation of pigeon pose. Changing the height can alter how it feels in your hips.
You can do it during the day in minute breaks at your desk, before a lower body workout, or even during commercial breaks while you’re watching TV.
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