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My Favorite Hip Stretches

Hi, friends! I hope you are soaking up the last bit of summer this week and enjoying the sunshine! The weather is supposed to be warmer here this week. But let’s not waste time talking about the weather, when we have more important things to discuss!

What important things? The mini peanut butter cups in a jar that I made today. um, HELLO. A graham cracker crust, creamy peanut butter filling, and a layer of dark chocolate on top. It was pure perfection.

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The only thing better than peanut butter is when it is paired with chocolate, so I knew I would like this recipe as soon as I saw it! Thank you, Angela, for the recipe! Find her recipe on Oh She Glows or by following this link: Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a Jar.

 

These were easy to assemble, ready in no time, and did I mention how delicious they were? I polished mine off within seconds and dug into my sister’s to help her out. I was serious about these peanut butter cups!!

 

My day started with two group fitness classes at the gym. A spin class first, and boot camp after! I left the gym looking like I had just taken a shower or jumped in the pool. I really thought someone was going to have to peel my clothes off me, they were that drenched in sweat. Too much information?

 

Things I realized at the gym this morning: I hate jumping lunges. Also air squats. I should really eat more veggies. Annnnd my hips feel tight and I should stretch those later.

stretching

I don’t stretch nearly as often as I should, but when I do, my favorite stretches to do are ones that stretch the hip flexors. Most women hold stress mainly in their hips, without realizing it. I often don’t realize how tight my hip flexors are until I start stretching, but hip stretches always feel so so good to me.

 

***** Some of my favorites *****

 

Runner’s Lunge Stretch

Lean deep into this one until you feel a stretch in your hips. For an greater stretch, lean away from the knee on the ground.

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Seated Hip Abductor Stretch

This is a great stretch to perform if you’re short on time, because you are opening up your hip abductor on one side, and stretching your hamstring muscles on the other side. Kill two birds with one stone! I’m all about productivity over here.

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Knee to Chest

I’m not sure if there is a better name for this stretch, but this name makes it easy to figure out what to do! I like to perform this stretch, and go right into the Crossover Stretch (see below).

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Crossover Stretch

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Periformis Stretch

This is one of my favorites! Cross one ankle over your other knee. Reach through and clasp your hands together behind your knee, pulling through until you feel a stretch in your hip flexor. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat!

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Pigeon Pose

So I may not be the most flexible when it comes to this one! Maybe the yoga I’ve been doing lately will help with that, but hopefully you can still see the gist of what to do.

Stretch your right leg out behind you, and bend your left knee so it is as close to a 90 degree angle as possible. Lean forwards, trying to keep your back leg on the ground as you press into the stretch. Hold and repeat on the other side!

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Let’s Share!

Do you stretch on a regular basis? If yes, what are your favorite stretches to perform?

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