From 9 a.m. until well past 5 p.m., you’re crushing it at work—and by “crushing it,” we mean you’re busting your butt while it’s firmly planted in your desk chair, hunched over your laptop and phone simultaneously. You wake up early every day to squeeze in a five-mile run or 45-minute spin class (you go, Glen Coco).
We’re all guilty of sitting too much, and the whole “sitting is the new smoking” thing is no joke. “Most of us spend a lot of our time sitting, which limits the range of motion of your body and makes your hips extremely tight,” says Bethany Lyons, instructor and co-founder at Lyons Den Power Yoga in New York City. “Not to mention the fact that your hips are emotional centers of your body. Combine those together and you’ve got some crazy tight hips!” (Tone up and chill out with Women’s Health‘s Flat Belly Yoga routine!)
The key to easing up all that tension: yoga, of course. These poses will help open your hip flexors, keeping your body loose and helping you walk a little taller. Hold each pose for five full, deep breaths, Lyons recommends.