My client Howie doing the deep lunge to intense hamstring stretch.
Feeling the pain from those hardcore workouts? No need to embrace the pain to burn fat and reshape your body. Instead, undo all that built up tension from your vicious workouts with a quick yoga flow workout for hip flexibility.
If you're kicking butt during high intensity intervals or killing it during those killer fatloss supersets then you already know how hard that can be on your knees, hips, and low back (maybe even your shoulders).
But don't worry I'm not going to tell you to back off (unless you're injured then you need to consider some serious rehab for at least 4 weeks).
What you do need to know is that ignoring built up tension, aches, pains, and fatigue will eventually catch up with you and lead to serious injuries that will keep you from working out the way you need to in order to get the results you want (I've had 3 emails about this from readers just this past week).
If you're in pain right now or experiencing poor recovery from workouts then your body is telling you (it's actually yelling at you) that it needs some TLC.
So try my quick yoga workout for hip flexibility and see for yourself how quickly just 5 minutes of this will undo the damage from those vicious workouts.
Remember that if you're kind to your body, it will respond by helping you burn more fat and staying injury free for life.
Quick Yoga for Hip Flexibility
Do this after every cardio or strength workout.
Deep twisting lunge with hip drop - Perform 5 cycles on each side flowing gently between poses and holding a few seconds at the end of each pose. Try not to touch the hip to the floor. Just drop it down and feel the stretch along the obliques. If you can't manage this with hands on the ground then use blocks for assistance and don't forget to breathe out as you reach the end of each pose.
Seated twist to pigeon prep - Perform 5 cycles on each side flowing gently between poses and holding a few seconds at the end of each pose. Try to keep glutes down on the floor when seated and when in pigeon. If bending all the way forward is too intense then hold the upper body up until your flexibility increases. If you can handle it and want more of a stretch then reach for the ankle of the back leg and pull the foot toward the glute. Don't forget to breathe out as you reach the end of each pose.
Quick Yoga Workout for Hip Flexibility