As a runner, having flexible hips and efficient hip extension is extremely important.
When you push off into your next stride, you want your hip to extend fully so that the posterior muscles can activate to their full potential and sufficient force can be produced to propel you forwards. However a common issue is that we typically spend a lot of our time seated, where our hips are constantly flexed.
Whether you’re sat behind a desk, behind the wheel or relaxing at home, those hip flexor muscles will be shortened and this leads to tightness, exactly what we don’t want as a runner.
In the video below there are three movements for you to try before your next session. Initially, these may feel difficult but persevere with them so that in time you can run with more hip extension and less tightness.