Hips get pretty tight after hiking and especially after carrying a pack for miles. Here’s my favorite way to open the front of the hips, stretch the ankles, and just get ready for whatever Nature may bring to you.
If you’re just trying this for the first time – go slowly. Let your body figure out where it is and just do this for about 60-seconds each side. Use as much support from your upper body as you like. Try squeezing the lower body muscles and then relaxing them when you’re at the lowest stance you’re comfortable with.