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Tight hips? Here’s a stretch you can do anywhere!

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Tight hips? Here’s a stretch you can do anywhere! (clevelandclinicwellness.com)

If our bodies were made to sit all day, we’d probably be shaped like baked potatoes—big lumps with no limbs. But “oversitting” is all too common in our culture, despite our bipedal nature. The consequences are common, too. Most of us sit so much every day that our hips get tight, notes Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, yoga program manager at Cleveland Clinic. The hip opening pose below can help counteract the effects of sitting on your hips. Remember, too, that your body needs variety and movement every day, says Bar. That means more walking, dancing, yoga, biking…and less sitting!

Hip Opener
Keeping your seated posture tall, extend your left leg straight out in front of you. As you inhale, cross your right ankle over your extended left ankle. Exhale and feel that stretch in your right hip. If you don’t have hip or knee pain and want a deeper stretch, bend your left leg so it makes a 90-degree angle, with your knee aligned with your ankle and your foot flat on the floor. Place your right ankle on your left thigh just above the knee. Adjust your posture to make sure you’re sitting up tall and notice the stretch in your right hip. Breathe. If you want an even deeper stretch, lean forward gently, keeping your back long, tummy pulled toward your spine, and eyes and head forward (not looking down).