IT Band: Cross-Legged Stretch
The IT band is thick band of tissue that connects your hip flexors to your knee joint. When tight, it can pull on your joints, leading to a painful knee injury. This IT band-loosening stretch is great to do after a run.
- Bend in half at the waist and hang over, crossing your left foot behind your right and pressing your left big toe down into the floor.
- Twist your upper body to the left and hold on to your right leg. You should feel a gentle pull on the outside of your right leg. Hold the stretch for a minute.
- Uncross your legs, and switch legs to stretch the other side.