We hear all the time in Yoga about Hip Opening. It makes sense, if you want to increase hip range of motion you should stretch your hips… right? If I’ve learned anything over the last several years of dedicating my teaching to evidence based practice, it’s that the things that seem the most “truish” should be the first to endure scrutiny.
Contrary to popular belief, stretching tight hips will not relieve stiffness and discomfort. Sure, there may be a brief reprieve after a big stretch, but the stiffness situation always resumes.
Petey and I want you to know that your lower body, especially your calf muscles are highly related to metabolism. The soleus muscle especially, when toned and strong is thought to increase metabolism by returning blood from the periphery more quickly to the heart.