We’re going to be doing a simple glute stretch! Sound good?
This video has not been modified for injury or chronic pain issues. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. You want to skip this stretch if you’re in any acute pain in your hips, glutes, or lower back.
As we’re strengthening our glutes it’s really important to make sure that we keep them stretched out so our muscles stay long and supple. We don’t want them to get tight and angry, and start getting inflamed, and causing pain. It’s always important that as you’re strengthening, you’re also keeping up with your mobility and your flexibility. We want to help prevent future injuries right?!
We’re going to start by laying down on our backs. You’re going to bring one leg up, bend the knee, cross it over the straight leg, and then you’re going to exhale as you press the bent knee down towards the floor. Inhale and release the stretch and then exhale back into it. That’s it.
You want to do this as many times as needed before you feel like the glute has opened up and you have more range of motion. Don’t forget to do the other side, and make note that the two sides may feel different. It’s rare that we feel exactly the same on each side. Make sure you stretch each side as much as needed to feel the increase in your range of motion.
You want to make sure that you’re not crossing all the way over and lifting up the pelvis, and twisting and rotating in the spine. Then you’re getting into a different stretch, and getting out of the glutes and more into the back.
Make sure you’re exhaling into it, inhaling out of it. We want it to be an active stretch. Go as far as you can, keeping your pelvis still. You may move it a little bit, but you don’t want to go into the rotation of the spine. You can add in the back stretch after you have stretched the glutes!
That’s it, a simple glute stretch.
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