Valentines Day is right around there corner and this year you and your partner might be looking for ways to workout together. One thing is for sure, we are all trying to move better and feel more fluid. Movement can be improved through many various methods but one approach that won't go away anytime soon is stretching.
Stretching can provide a starting point in your mobility journey. While I am a big believer that there are better ways to gain movement and mobility, static stretching can feel good and provide a baseline of flexibility. However, it is important to understand a few key rules when stretching.
1. If your going to do static stretching, 60 seconds is the minimum amount of time you need.
2. Some degree of muscle discomfort is normal. What isn't normal is pain. Don't push a stretch into pain.
3. When stretching with a partner make sure the partner's hand placement is comfortable. You don't want to be grabbing so tight that it hurts.
Below are a few stretches for you to try this Valentines Day....
Hip Flexor Stretch
Your Athletic Rx,
Dr. Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT, CSCS
Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist