Here is the medical low down. Turns out, if we sit on our butts for over 6 hours a day (I don’t know about you, but my boss tends to like me to stick it out for the entire 8) as our glut muscles stretch in that sitting position, there is another set of muscles in the front side, our Piriformis muscles, shortening. And the two together allow for external rotation of the hips, so the saying move it or lose it springs to mind. Some symptoms of this happening are a deep ache in your hip area, a gradual loss of flexibility in the hip area, and again if you used to be able to sit criss-cross and now you can’t, you may be afflicted.
1) Stand straight with feet pointed forward, step into a lunge position (doesn’t have to be a deep one) put your hands on your hips and tilt your tailbone forward. You should feel a stretch in the hip joint of the leg extended back. Hold it for a few seconds and then switch legs.
2) Sit on chair with perfect posture. Lift one foot and bend leg so your foot rests on your other knee. (My stretch ended there, it was enough…I hope to get more flexible and continue to the next step.) Place one hand on bent knee and one under ankle. VERY GENTLY press the knee down as you lift the ankle. Again, only do as much as feels good. Switch legs.
I felt an immediate improvement, and even more so the next day. If you want more in depth exercises just Google Piriformis exercises and see what pops up. I hope this post helps a few people get on with the writing life. Then my job is done. Happy Writing!