Have you ever went hiking only to find that an hour or so after you start your knees are not feeling to great?
My husband and I go to Sedona every year for vacation. We hike and climb 5 out of 7 days doing from 4 to 6 hours of hiking. This year day we set out to hike climb cathedral rock. We stay on the trail until we get high enough and then climb up. So, this is what hiking in Sedona taught me about stretching. An hour or so into the hike not one but both of my knees were feeling the love. I told my husband I have to stop and stretch. I stretched about 5 minutes and WOW what a difference. No pain! No kidding! I know how important stretching is but I was amazed that I could go from pain to no pain in 5 minutes. Now I will always stretch before hiking anywhere. Of course, some people may find that stretching helps their limbs, but their feet hurt after. I have a friend who invested in a foot massager (kind of like the ones seen at https://serp.co/best/foot-massager/) and that helped them with that. Your mileage may vary, though!
This hip stretch helped my husbands hips. He doesn’t walk or hike too much at home so when we go hiking on vacation he has pain in his hips for the first couple of days. You can use your hiking partner for balance on this one if you need to.
Don’t forget about the upper body. This is for the obliques (sides) and for the lats (back).
Make sure you get up slowly from this stretch. Do a couple of breaths while in the down position.
Hiking and stretching in Sedona is the best! Let me know what stretches work for you. You can also go to http://elitephysiquesinc.com/2014/08/thai-yoga-massage-video-4-stretches-cant-live-without/ to learn some Tai Yoga Stretches you can do with a partner.
Happy stretching and stay fit!