Basic Stretches video series by personal trainer, Margie Weiss - Stretch Your Hip
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Margie Weiss: My name is Margie Weiss and this is general stretching. The muscles that we're going to work now are around the hip. There are the quad muscles and there are the hip muscles. The first exercise is for quads. For women especially, it's very tough to stretch the quad muscles. When you stand up in a class and just bend the leg and try to touch your foot to your hip, generally, doesn't stretch many women. This exercise does a better job. What we're going to do, is put our hands down, bring one foot forwards, so that our foot is near the hip. Lesley has her left knee front, so she is going to take her left hand take it across her body, and use it to support. Therefore, she has got a knee, a hand, and hip for support. Free hand is going to go back towards the back foot, pressing the hip flexor forwards and that's right here, as low to the ground as your can get, and sliding your back knee bent just a little bit, its going to keep the pressure off the kneecap itself. Once you get the hip flexor low, you're going to gently bend the elbow pressing the foot towards the hip. You should feel it in the main quad muscle and you shouldn't feel tension on your knee. Should you feel too much tension on your knee, you can always just tip sideways, let the foot drop to the floor and do it that way. It's a little bit less intense on the quad. Then we want to move around to the back. So, what we're going to do is allow this foot to come down. We've got to lift up, just a little bit because we want our bellybutton, right over top of mid-calf. Both hands go down, one hand by the knee, one hand by the foot, further that the foot is forward, the harder it is to do. Now, if you have knee issues, you may not want to do this exercise or you can stay up high and have your foot further back, your choice, but once you find your positions, slide your back foot back just a little bit, foot slightly pigeon-toed. Sit back nice and tall, hands on the floor, is easier hands on a foot and knee lifting up, forces the hip flexor in the front to work a little bit more. So, you go to a point where you can handle it, but it's still safe. If you want from there, we can then move slightly forwards walking our hands forwards, back is flat. You've taken the pressure off the hip flexor and now you're feeling it around the glute area mostly. Breathing out and releasing, you can -- also at this point, if you want to go one step further, walk your hands towards the front leg, just a little bit and again breathe out and flatten your back and you're going to feel it deep around the glute, there are lot of glute muscles. In order to get back up safely, you got to walk your hands back in like you climbing back up the ladder, lift your hips up to disengage your knee, and bring in on back in and you may want to roll the hips around just a little bit as you finish. Take a deep breath in, and release it all out.