WEEKEND WARM-UP: HIP OPENERS

You’re only a few minutes away from improved mobility.

When you sit in excess during the week, your joints, muscles, tendons, and fascia adapt to the position and keep you from moving freely, explains Alex Zimmerman, CSCS, LA-based director of Equinox’s Tier X program. Your hip flexors, in particular, become shorter, weaker, and tighter. 
 
While you might be itching to start your long run as soon as the weekend rolls around, it’s important to open your hips and improve mobility in their tissues first, he says. Fortunately, you’ll only need five minutes to complete the equipment-free hip-opening routine below.