The Least Healthy Thing You Do Every Day

February 20, 2015 12:37 PM

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The Least Healthy Thing You Do Every Day

Ultrarunner Adam St. Pierre thought he had training down to a science. An exercise physiologist and running coach in Boulder, Colorado, he ran 40 to 70 miles a week, stretched 15 minutes twice a day, and saw a massage therapist twice a month. But at the peak of the 2014 racing season, the 33-year-old athlete was nearly sidelined by tight hip flexors. "The muscles run from your femur up to the pelvis. When they're tight, you lose range of motion and considerable speed, and you feel like you have to pee all the time," he says. That's untenable for an average day, let alone a 100-mile race.

St. Pierre hunted for a solution. He tried Pilates, stretching more, strengthening his core. Still, the pain persisted. Finally, he realized that he'd overlooked one crucial part of his daily routine: The six hours he spent sitting at his desk. "I was doing everything I could to keep my hip flexors ...

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