Tight hip flexors result from sitting for long periods of time. The human body was made to hunt for food and stay warm through movement.
To combat pain or stiffness related to sitting, it's best to get-up from your chair and move around every hour to keep muscles from getting bound-up in the first place. Regardless of the brand of chair, it's important to change body position often by standing to remove the amount of pressure placed on the spine. Stretching is Important!
Specific areas to stretch when sitting are:
- Hip Flexor (Iliopsoas)
- Low Back
- Upper Back
Think of stretching as though you're oiling a machine. Most often, oil is needed in more than one area, right? The same concept applies to the body.
Keep stretches simple and effective. A good way to do this is by "getting the most bang for your buck" OR the most out of just a few, easy to remember stretches.
A great standing hamstring/glute/calf stretch:
A great standing hip flexor/low back stretch:
A great chest/upper back stretch:
The difference between "good" and "great" is the number of areas stretched in the least amount of time and movements. My assumptions are that you're: 1) in an office environment with lots of people, 2) busy, and 3) wanting to feel good and get through your day.
I'd love to hear which stretches you use in the office.
Enjoy your week and . . . keep moving!