Between work, school, driving, and Netflix binges, we spend a lot of time sitting. This can lead to pain and stiffness in the hips. If you have ever had tight hips you know that they can be a real pain. I for one constantly have tight hips and need to stretch them almost daily. This supine figure four stretch is one of my go-to’s. I incorporate this stretch into my routine at least three times a week.
The figure four stretch can improve flexibility and mobility in your hips, glutes, and Piriformis. The Piriformis is a small muscle that can become inflamed when your hips are tight. This stretch is helpful anytime you feel sore and tight. Keep reading for the how to and more benefits of the figure four stretch.
There are many variations of the figure four stretch you can try. If you are looking for a deeper stretch you can interlace the hands around the shin rather than behind the knee. This stretch can also be done seated or standing. Whichever variation you choose, stretching is one of the best things you can do for your body to preserve health and functionality. Hip mobility is key for many areas of our daily life. If you workout and are looking to deepen the range of motion in your squats, you are going to need hip mobility. Just like any other form of exercise, consistency is key! You are more likely to see results if you do it regularly.