2 ways to Stretch Tight Hips

If you are sitting for long periods of time then your hips can get tight. We have 2 way to stretch tight hips for you to try.

When sitting for prolong periods we will get a shortening of our hip flexor muscles and this can lead to stiffness. These muscles run along the front of the thigh to the hip. The other area that can also stiffen up are the deep hip muscles at the top of the thigh, right over the hip.

Here are the 2 Hip Stretches

  1. Stand holding onto a stable object. This will help with balance. With feet at hip distance apart, bring one foot up to your bottom. Torso is upright, avoid bending. Keep knees together and you should feel a stretch at the front of your thigh. Hold that stretch for 20-3 seconds. Repeat on the other side. You can do this stretch during a study or work break at least twice a day.
  2. Kneel on the floor. Bring one knee slightly forward and bring the other leg bring that back, feeling a stretch, keeping torso upright. Kneel on a pillow if you have knee issues. You should feel a deep stretch in the top of the leg as well as the front of the thigh. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

You can try the second stretch standing up. If you can imagine a fencer, bring one leg out in front and the other behind. Have them at hip distance apart, and toes pointing forward. The stretch will be in the back hip. Make sure torso remains upright and with your front leg the foot is in front of the knee. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

Let us know how you go.

For some information about setting up your desk at home CLICK HERE.Need a more in depth workout you can do at home with minimal equipment, CLICK HERE.

Lisa Smycz, director

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