Countless people suffer from having tight hips – runners, cyclists and even desk jockeys. That’s right if you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re sitting down like a human question mark. Tight hips inevitable change your posture, increase your chances of back pain, knee pain and other injuries.
Don’t fret, I’m going to share with your 3 Good Hip Stretching Exercises that you can do at anytime that will without a doubt help loosen up your hips and help prevent that muscle imbalance, poor posture and other aches and pains.
#1 – Hip Flexor Stretch
To effectively stretch the hip flexors, first kneel on your right knee, with toes down, and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of you.
Place both hands on your left thigh and press your hips forward until you feel a good stretch in the hip flexors.
Contract your abdominals and slightly tilt your pelvis back while keeping your chin parallel to the floor. Hold this pose for 20 to 30 seconds, and then switch sides.
Tip: To accentuate this stretch, reach your hands over your head and arch your body back.
#2 – Pigeon Pose
Start in Downward-Facing Dog pose with your feet together.
Draw your right knee forward and turn it out to the right, so your right leg is bent and your left leg is extended straight behind you.
Slowly lower both legs.
Hold the position for five to ten breaths, and then switch to the other side.
#3 – Butterfly Stretch
The butterfly stretch is a static stretch that helps to improve the flexibility of your adductors.
First sit on the floor or a mat, open your hips, flex your knees and move your feet together.
Grasp your ankles and gently pull them up as you simultaneously push your elbows into your knees. Hold for 30 seconds.
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