When I take a yoga class, if the instructor asks what area the students would like to work on — I don’t hesitate to ask we work on hips. The longer I have been running I am starting to learn more and more how important hips are to running and also how tight that area can become. Looking at the human anatomy and how many muscles are in the hip area, it’s no surprise!
My new schedule means on average I spend close to 1.5 hours a day driving. Then my office work is done mostly sitting, which is another 8 hours or so. On top of that I often come home and sit some more doing freelance work or writing on this blog.
By the time I go to sleep those hips are cranky from lack of movement! And even though I work out, that’s still not enough movement when compared to how much of my day is spent sitting or sleeping. I’ve been especially aware of this the last few days. I’ve been consciously trying to get up and stretch more during the day and even opted to eat at my desk and then walk during my lunch hour. The added movement has definitely helped.
I also practiced yoga twice this week, a DVD on Wednesday, and then Thursday was my weekly class at the YMCA. We did work on hips which was great — including pigeon pose. Another favorite hip pose of mine is double pigeon pose. The hips — they are definitely my runner’s trouble zone. Lest I forget my “weak butt” incident as well.
What’s your running trouble zone?