FITNESS CHALLENGE

Do the standing stork stretch today. It can help stretch your hip flexors. Your hip flexors are the muscles in the front of your legs that lift your knees up toward your chest. If you sit for long periods of time, they can tighten up. That can lead to back pain. The standing stork stretch can help.
First, warm up by taking a short 5- or 10-minute walk. Then, follow these steps:
• Stand up straight and grab onto a desk, wall, or sturdy chair with your left hand.
• Raise your right foot off the ground, and balance on your left foot.
• Bring your right heel back and up, toward your right buttock.
• Use your right hand to grasp and slowly draw your heel closer to your buttock.
• Push your hips forward and bring your right knee in line with your left knee.
• Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and then switch and do it on your left side.
If you have any health issues, such as knee pain, or haven’t been active in a while, make sure to talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.