Like many of you, I have a few years of desk work under my belt . 9-5, sitting. You may have heard this before, but: that is not a very good thing for a human to do. When you spend most of your time seated, the hip flexors (the muscles that fold your body) tend to shrink and “get tight,” especially if you’re an “executive athlete” (as Kelly Starrett calls it) who hits the gym and then sits while recovering. Tight hip flexors can cause all sorts of trouble, but for me personally, my lower back feels tight when I need a stretch.
Before you start stretching, there are a couple things to consider: