hip stretch

Illustration: David Wyffels

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Stretch #3: Seated Figure Four

Do it if: You're tight in your glutes and hips. Cyclists and Spin-class devotees might consider adding this to their regimen.

1. While seated, cross one ankle over the opposite knee while keeping the top foot flexed. If you're already feeling it in your glutes and hips, stop and hold.
2. If you want to go a little deeper, place one hand on your top knee and gently press down as you lean forward slightly. This will open up the hip joint, and you may even feel the stretch in your low back. Switch legs and repeat on opposite side.