The Three-Minute Hips and Legs Stretching Routine
One of the keys to working out is having a plan to follow, and the same holds true when it comes to working on our flexibility. Stretching is oftentimes done as an afterthought, randomly pulling and pushing on different muscle groups, making it up as you go along.
Having a simple outline to follow when stretching will not only get you better results, it will also give you a sense of accomplishment. If you don't have structure, you're never quite sure when you're finished. Spending just a few minutes at the end of each workout (or once a day) following a basic stretching routine will allow for consistency and maximize your gains.
Here is a three-minute lower-body stretching routine, one that will help counteract both the negative effects of sitting for extended periods of time, as well as the muscle-tightening effects of exercise:
During this routine, you will stretch three muscle groups: The hip flexors, hamstrings, and calves in both legs for 30 seconds each; spending 90 seconds total on each leg.