Too much sitting in the office or too much carrying of heavy loads can take a toll on our hips. Here are three hip exercise that strengthen your hips:
- In a standing position set your feet hip-width apart. Just like the picture above try to imitate a riding position by tipping your upper body forward and moving your arms into right angles just like they are on a handlebars. Bend your right leg a little and shift your weight into the leg.
Lift your left foot off the floor and lift your knee up. Now extend the left leg back as if you are propelling yourself forward on a scooter.
Perform 3-5 strides, 8x on each leg.
- You will need a mat for this one, while lying on the mat shift on to your side. Stack one foot on top of the other and lift up on to your left forearm just like the picture above.
The elbow should be directly under your shoulder and forearm, perpendicular to the body.
Ensure your body is positioned in a straight line from feet to head. Sweep your right arm up by your ear.
Hold for 30-60sec on each side.
- Start on all fours position then step your right leg up between your hands and lift the upper body.
Tuck your bottom in and slowly slide forward into the lunge. Stop when you feel the stretch where the top of the leg joins the front of the hip.
This is also an effective stretch for the upper thigh or quads.
Hold for 30-60sec on each leg.