Now that the holidays are here, chances are you will be spending more time in the car than you usually do. Long car rides can stiffen up the muscles of the leg and glutes, causing achy and sore legs. Here are five stretches to help you unwind after those long car rides:
1. Standing Hamstring Stretch: Stand with one of your legs just in front of the other and bend your back knee, resting your weight on the bent knee. Tilt your hips forward.
2. Standing Outer Hip Stretch: Stand with one of your legs stretched behind the other. Lean over to the non-stretching side. With the hipyou want to stretch, push your hip out to the other side.
4. Hip Flexor Stretch: Kneel with one of your knees on the floor and the other foot in front with your knee on that leg bent. Push your hips forward while keeping your back upright. Hold for 10-30 seconds and alternate sides.
5. Long Adductor Stretch: Take a seat on the floor with your legs as far apart as you can comfortably manage and your knees straight. Keep your back straight while leaning forward from the hips.