Hips don’t lie…

…but sometimes they do cry. As I transition from a season of x-country skiing to being back on the pavement, my hips are screaming in protest. They really do prefer the glide of skis on powder to the pounding of feet on sidewalks.  It’s going to be a long spring/summer/fall if the hips and I can’t find a way to get along.  Maybe you have some tips to share?  

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Before we get to that, let me tell you what I’ve been doing to make friends with my ever-so-important hips:

  • Intense massage with active stretches
  • Yoga – at least one 75 minute class a week.  Last weekend I got lucky and took a class with The Hot Yoga Spot‘s Aaron.  He introduced the theme as “Hips: heaven or hell.”  Perfect!!  It really was just what I needed.
  • Lots of pigeon pose
  • Alleve
  • Slow-paced runs
  • Hot baths (with bubbles and sometimes a glass of wine)

So – what have you got?  Am I missing something?  What else can I do to loosen up these damn hips?

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3 responses to “Hips don’t lie…

  1. In my yoga class yesterday we worked on numerous hip openers. They hurt so good and I definitely felt it today. I used to just strictly run but over time have found I love other things that can only help my running. Barre is great for hip work as well.

    Love Aaron’s classes at The Hot Yoga Spot. He’s my favorite instructor and I’ve been taking Saturday classes with him every other week. 🙂

  2. Hi Kristin –
    Aaron is totally the reason I initially fell in love with the Hot Yoga Spot! He’s awesome. I really appreciate the variety of classes they offer and since they took over Latham, I can take advantage of that additional schedule. Maybe I’ll give the barre class a shot. Thanks for the comment – I checked out your site and we’ll have to meet one day at a race or class. We seem to do some of the same races. I’m eyeing the After the Leaves 1/2 for this fall…

    • Would love to meet up! I like his warm vinyasa classes on Saturdays. Two weeks ago (I think he is doing teacher training every other weekend) I took back to back classes with him and it was awesome. Of course, I was sore the next day but it was well worth the pain.

      After the Leaves was a fantastic race. I was in no shape to run it last year, but I didn’t care. The views were spectacular.

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