Strong and flexible hips are less prone to fractures and other kinds of injuries. Denise Austin offers three easy stretches to help you gain flexibility. Try these exercises 3 to 4 times a week or every day if you can.
This move works the hip adductors that help loosen tight hip joints. Sitting on a small pillow on the floor, place your hands on your ankles and let your knees relax out to the sides. Sit nice and tall. Place your elbows on your knees to feel the stretch through the groin area; alternatively, place your hands behind your hips and press up.
Hold this stretch for 30 seconds, relax and repeat.
Try this exercise to stretch the hips and buttock muscles. Sitting on a small pillow on the floor, bring one leg out in front of you and place the other leg behind you. Flex your feet and slowly fold down over the front leg.
Hold for 30 seconds on each side, relax and repeat.
Hip Flexor Stretch
This stretch will help keep your hips strong, flexible and properly aligned. Kneeling on a small pillow, put one foot forward with your foot flat on the ground. While keeping your back straight, reach your opposite arm forward and flex your buttock muscles. Hold for 30 seconds on each side, relax and repeat.
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