I realize this is a somewhat old thread...but I'm new to the party here. These are GREAT stretches and I realized that I have been doing several in yoga already! My hips have been bothering me a little of late and I got it down to the hip flexors...and have actually been looking for some good stretches for those. Thank you!!!
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i looked the blog and at all the exercises. i had been doing the butterfly stretch, but quit because it was very uncomfortable because the muscles/tendons were so tight. it didn't hurt, but it wasn't comfortable. so i guess that shows what i need to do. thanks for your help as always!
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I am in the middle of reading Pete Pfitzinger's book Road Racing for Serious Runners and in the book he talks about muscle imbalances and lack of flexibility leading to our injuries. I, too, would recommend a roller, but something a little more dense like the Trigger Grid roller...it's like a foam-wrapped PVC pipe which can go a little deeper than a regular foam roller.
I will also recommend that you look for some stretches (below is a link to a blog I wrote for the dailySpark.com site) for your hip flexors....many times what we feel are tight hammies are a result of tight hip flexors...some of this is due to age and most of this is due to too much sitting.
I just looked into this because I'm having the same problem. There's a magazine called Women's Running that had some great exercises this month. Basically, I do the donkey kick, bridges on a Swiss ball (or just bridges - raising your pelvis, butt, thighs while lying on your back), bird dog pose www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiKg4jIchkM , one leg dead lifts www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0bYLQsFbjs , lunges, squats, wall sits.
These are great for hamstrings, hips and knees.
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