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Tom Van Ornum shares an efficient mobility exercise for the hip and thoracic spine.

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September 23rd, 2013

Improve Your Hip Mobility With This Simple Exercise

Short on time? Need to loosen up in a hurry? Try this mobility exercise — one of the most efficient exercises I use. It’s a great way to mobilize your hips and thoracic spine. expired domains godaddy It facilitates hip extension and thoracic extension/rotation, crucial motions all runners need for an adequate stride length and fluid reciprocal arm swing.

Here’s how you do it:
Position yourself in a deep lunge with your left knee flexed and your right knee extended behind you. (If you’re getting a nice stretch through your hip flexors, you know you’re in the right position.) Take your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee, driving the knee out slightly to the side so that you feel an additional stretch through your groin.

Reach your right arm as far as you can behind you up toward the ceiling. Make sure your eyes follow your hand as you reach behind you in order to get even more motion through your thoracic spine.

Stand up, switch legs, and repeat the motion. Complete 8-10 reps on each leg.


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