Not sure what to stretch or if you’re doing it right?
We’ve put together some essential runners stretches, with explanations as to why you should use them and technique.
The Psoas, along with the Rectus Femoris is one of the key hip flexor muscles (pulls the knee forwards and upwards while running), if tight it can severely limit hip extension subsequently shortening stride length. It can also tilt the pelvis forwards which then tightens the hamstrings and can cause severe lower back pain by causing excessive lumbar curve in the spine.
Kneel down on a matt or soft towel on one knee with your torso upright, try to rotate your pelvis backwards (tuck your bottom underneath yourself). You should feel the stretch through your hip on the same side as the kneeling knee.