Numerous people lead a sedentary lifestyle in today’s world, and it can cause tight hips and impede mobility. Therefore it is of high importance to maintain the flexibility of the hips.
Tight hips can cause various issues, including:
- Poor Balance and Posture – The front of the hips, the hip flexor, is a major stabilizer of the pelvis. Therefore, if the hip flexors are weakened, it can lead to imbalance and poor body posture.
- Muscle Imbalances – The extended periods of sitting shorten and tighten the hip flexors. In a sitting position, the glutes and the hip extensors are being overstretched, but they are also weakened as not all muscle groups are used.
- Back Pain – The tight hip flexors and the overstretched muscles will force the pelvis to be pushed forward, unnaturally tilted, and thus pull the muscles of the lower back.
If you are spending most of your time sitting, you could benefit a lot from doing these stretching exercises. They will improve the hip mobility and increase your power. Moreover, you will boost the flexibility of your hips.
- Low Lunge
In a runner’s lunge position, place the right foot forward, while the hands should be placed on the sides of it. Then, lower the back knee and shin to the floor, and raise the chest and arms, while the hands remain the front thigh.
The abdominal muscles should be constantly engaged. For an enhanced effect, reach the arms overhead, and lean forward a bit. Make sure you do not to arch the lower back. Hold for 3half a minute and repeat on the opposite side.
- Crescent Lunge
In the same starting position, raise the knee, and slowly raise the hands off the mat, but initially bring them to the front thigh. The hips can be allowed to go lower while squaring your hips to the front of the mat. Raise the arms overhead and lengthen the back leg. Go on sinking and squaring off the hips, and hold for half a minute on both sides.
- Happy Baby Pose
In a lying position, pull the knees towards the chest. The hands should be on the arches on the feet and open the knees wider than shoulder-width apart. The back should be pressed into the mat, and the feet intro the hands while pulling down o feet. Deeply inhale and exhale and hold for half a minute.
- Frog Pose
You should starts on all fours, with the hands under the shoulders and the knees on the mat. Then, widen the knees slowly, and the ankles in line with them. The calves and feet remain on the ground all the time. Hold for half a minute.