TIGHT HIPS! Most of us have them. I recently discovered
a stretch that effi ciently targets the tough to reach psoas
muscle with a powerful active movement that opens the
hips. If you focus on precise technique and consistently
apply this hip opening stretch to your post paddle workouts,
it will help with your overall flexibility.
Move slowly and deliberately, focusing on good technique
in order to get the most out of the stretch. If done correctly,
you will feel a powerful stretch, but it should not be painful
in any way. If it’s painful, stop! Remember to take it slow
Take a big step back with your right leg. Your front (left) leg
is slightly bent and knee is just behind your ankle, with foot
facing forward. Your right heel (back leg) is pressing down
towards the ground. Your gaze is in front of you, ears in line
with your shoulders and chin slightly down. Breathe.
Both hips are facing forward, or squared, meaning you
adjust your hip position so that the right side slightly shifts
forward and your left hip slightly shifts back. Pull your belly
button in towards your spine, engaging your abs as you
reach both arms up in line with your ears with palms facing
in. When your arms are up, your abs remain tight and your
shoulders pull down and away from your ears. Breathe.
Keep abdominals tight, hips square, and extend your
upper body up and to the left, flexing away from your
right (back) leg. If done correctly, you should feel a stretch
in your right hip. Keep your hips square, hold for 20 to 30
seconds and breathe.
Repeat on the other side.