Walking - tight hips and sore feet, what poses should I do.
Walking with sore feet and aching hips
I have just completed, with 3 good friends, the Sydney Coastrek. So its 60km of non stop walking. Pretty much you walk right around the harbor, and what an amazingly beautiful harbor and city Sydney is..
It took us just under 14 hours. Obviously to do this you need a certain level of fitness but once you have that it is all down to the FEET!! Your feet get quite bruised, blistered and sore. Then for some its in your hips of course non stop walking, repetitive motion will get into your hips. So here are the poses that I recommend people integrate in their practice after running, after long walks or just generally to release your hips.
Crescent Lunge pose - stretches the legs, groin, and hip flexors, while also opening the front torso, chest, and shoulders. It strengthens and tones the thighs, hips, and butt, while the balancing aspect helps to develop flexible stability.
Crescent Lunge doesn't just build strength in the hips, thighs and ankles it really helps to release tension in the hips and the lower back.
This pose is perfect for tight hips because it stretches the hip rotators (the buttocks area) and the hip flexors (the long muscles that run along the front of your thighs and pelvis)
Pigeon pose is a great hip opener. Stress and tension can build up in the hips and create tightness. Practicing pigeon help to have more supple hips. Sometimes this pose will take your breath away with its depth, but stick with it and you'll notice the immediate improvement. It really is one of my favourite poses.
Practicing Downward Facing Dog you will find it uses strength in your arms and legs to fully and evenly stretch your spine. It stretches your hips, hamstrings, and calves as it strengthens your quadriceps and ankles. It opens your chest and shoulders and tones your arms and abdominal's. It even tones your hands and feet, preparing you for standing poses and arm balances.
This pose helps complement all the other hip poses that we have just talked about.
It Loosens tight hips, improve your range of motion and circulation, alleviate back pain and so much more.
There are so many more poses that help with our hips but these are a few of my favourites. Remeber that tight hips affect the whole body, tight hips can mean tight lower back, whch can lead to agrevated shoulders and neck, so it is vital that we practice yoga and specifc asanas to free up the hips.