Do you have a desk job? Do you drive to work? Do you often sit on your couch in the evening? If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, you are most likely suffering from tight hips and unnecessary physical pain. Restricted hip mobility is the main cause of lower back pain and long-term knee problems.
Here are 5 hip stretches that can help change your life today:
Hip Flexor Stretch: Lower yourself onto one knee, with one foot still firmly planted on the ground. While keeping your back straight, lean forward at your waist. You should feel a stretch along the front of the leg with the knee on the ground.
Single Leg Hip Lift: Lie on your back with one foot flat on the ground. Pull your other knee toward your chest, and hold your knee in place with your hands. Then raise your spine from the ground up to a neutral position in the air for at least 10 seconds.
The Psoas March: Lie flat on the ground with a resistance band around both feet. Focus on maintaining a straight back while lifting one knee toward your chest, pausing at a 90-degree angle, and then lowering your entire leg. Repeat on opposite side.
Butterfly Stretch: Sit on the ground with your feet together in front of you. Move your knees as close to the ground as you can, and stabilize with your hands. The closer your feet are to your hips, the more of a stretch you will feel.
The Goblet Squat: Hold a weight in front of you while sitting back into a squat. Something as simple as adding a weight to this exercise can greatly help with hip flexibility and guarantee better form in the spine and pelvis.
Want to learn more about how hip flexibility can improve your quality of life? Contact Choice Rehabilitation today! We specialize in helping you maintain a healthier life and a happier you.