Stretching the hip flexors is a must if you run or ride a bike; not only will it make these sports feel easier, flexible hips can also prevent lower back pain. If you're a fan of the low-lunge yoga pose Open Lizard, then you'll love this variation — it's an even more intense thigh stretch.
- Position a folded towel or mat in front of a wall.
- Kneel down and place your right knee on the mat, about eight or so inches away from the wall, then rest your toes against the wall.
- Plant your left foot on the ground in front of you (make sure your knee is directly above your ankle), and lower your hips until you feel a stretch in the front of your left hip. Rest your left forearm on your left thigh and your right hand on your hip, adding a little forward pressure to deepen the stretch as you gently arch back.
- Hold here for at least 30 seconds. Then slowly release and do this stretch on the other side.