Exercise Highlight: Half-Kneeling Quad Hip Flexor Stretch

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How To Perform the Half-Kneeling Quad Hip Flexor Stretch

  1. Stand bent over at the waist with your back flat, chest up, and arms hanging beneath your shoulders.
  2. Keeping your arms straight open your shoulders by rotating one side toward the ceiling.
  3. The other arm remains pointing towards the floor.
  4. Return to the starting position by following the same movement pattern.
  5. Continue for the remainder of the set.

The Benefits

The half-kneeling quad hip flexor stretch is a great exercise to incorporate not only in your training regimen but into your everyday routine. Unfortunately, many individuals today live, work, and play in a shortened position. Sitting at a desk or in front of the television on the coach, our hips are in a constant position of flexion. Being “stuck” in this position can create many issues with your movement patterns but also contributes to low back pain. One of the muscles responsible for creating hip flexion originates in the low back and can pull on the spine when stuck in a shortened position. 

As seen above from one of the many Journey workout routines, the half kneeling quad hip flexor stretch can be implemented within your workout. BUT, this is a simple exercise that you can do just about anywhere! Incorporating this stretch into your everyday routine will have major benefits in your quality of movement and life. Find yourself 5 minutes every morning after you get up, during your lunch break, watching your afternoon TV show, or right before you go to bed to add this to your routine.   

Please check with your physician prior to starting any exercise routine. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your program manager about your EXOS resources.

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