Here are three exercises to help keep your hips strong and healthy. Try them three or four times a week, or every day if you can.
This classic exercise strengthens the spine, neck and hip flexors. Sit on the floor and place a small pillow under your hips. Slowly roll down on your back, with your feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips up, hold for 10 seconds and then bring them back down. Relax and repeat.
To strengthen all areas of your hips, get on your hands and knees, using a small pillow under your knees for support. While squeezing your buttocks, keeping your back strong and straight and tightening your stomach, extend one leg out behind you, then bring the leg back down. Do 10 on each side. Relax and repeat.
Lie on your side and place a pillow under your arm and shoulder for support. Bring your legs in front of you and keep them semistraight. Using your opposite hand for support, lift your top leg up, then bring it back down. Do 10 on each side. Relax and repeat.
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