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Stretching exercise series: Episode 5 – Hip flexor stretch

Sitting for many hours a day can have a negative impact on your health, and may cause many aches and pains. Our 6-part stretching series is intended to provide some relief from some of the effects of long periods of sitting.

Part 5 of the series focuses on the muscles in the back and lower extremities. We’ve designed these stretches for you to do from the comfort of your own home or at work. Check out the first 4 stretches in the series, including: chin tuck, corner or doorway stretch, scapular retraction and prone on elbow and prone press-up.

As always, please check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

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Step 1. Lie on your back near the edge of the bed. Bend your leg opposite to the edge while keeping your foot flat.

Step 2. Hang your other leg over the edge, relaxing it, with only your upper thigh resting on the bed for 60 seconds. Repeat 3 times and switch to the other side.

“Much like the prone on elbows stretch, this stretch prevents hip flexor tightness that may cause low back pain,” said Adam Diver, a physical therapist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Stay tuned for the final edition of our 6-part stretching series.

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