Tight hips can not only be painful and uncomfortable, but they can put a damper on your workouts. We need our hips for almost all forms of every day movements. Indeed, our mobility is hugely dependent on the condition of our hips, whether we’re walking, climbing stairs, or bending down to pick up groceries.
Like most other stretching exercises, the key to doing these correctly is to be patient and gentle, aiming to increase the depth, amount of time and number of reps for each stretch that you are able to tolerate. If your muscles are naturally tight, pay extra attention to relaxing and breathing as you perform the stretches.Thankfully, there are exercises and stretching routines that can drastically reduce stiffness in your hip flexors.
1. Hip Rotations:
- Sitting on the floor or mat with your right leg out straight, place your left ankle over your right leg.
- Your ankle should be next to your knee.
- Using your left arm for balance by placing your left hand on the floor behind you.
- Use your upper-right arm to slowly and gently push your left knee further towards the right
- You should feel the stretch in your hip, as well as in your spine
- Switch legs and repeat the routine.
2. Happy Baby Pose:
Happy baby is a great way to stretch out your spine, legs, and hips at the same time.
- Begin lying on your back and grab your big toes with your index and middle fingers.
- Gently draw toes down so knees pull toward shoulders. Keep elbows gently pressing knees.
- Relax and breathe; hold for 30 seconds.