Next in our Hip Mobility series: ensure that you are properly preparing the body for movement in order to avoid injury and to maximize performance.
This includes getting a solid warmup. Dynamic movements prepare the body for the exercise that is about to be performed (i.e., high knees and butt kicks before running), and gets the blood flowing and muscles warm.
Once you are warmed up, remember to breathe during your hip mobility stretches. Deep breaths ensure that adequate oxygen gets to the muscles, and can also calm both the body and mind. Holding each stretch for a minimum of 30-45 seconds is ideal, although this can be extended if needed.