Posted by Jon Scott on 22nd Jun 2024

Top 5 Exercises for Flexible Hips

      Having flexible hips is not only beneficial for athletes and dancers but also for anyone looking to improve their overall mobility and prevent future injuries. Whether you're sitting at a desk all day or hitting the gym regularly, including these top five exercises in your routine can significantly enhance hip flexibility and use.

1. Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel on one knee, with your other foot in front, making a 90-degree angle. Keep your back straight and gently push your hips forward until you feel a stretch in the front of your hip. Hold for 20-30 seconds and slowly switch sides.

Benefits: Lengthens your hip flexors, which can easily become tight from prolonged sitting, promoting better posture and reducing lower back discomfort.

How to do a hip flexor stretch

2. Butterfly Stretch

Sit on the floor, bend your knees, and bring the soles of your feet together. Hold your feet with your hands and gently press your knees towards the floor. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds or as long as is comfortably possible.

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Benefits: Opens up your hips and stretches your inner thighs, improving flexibility for movements that require hip abduction and rotation.

Related article: Why do Synovial joints have greater flexibility than Fixed and Cartilaginous joints?

3. Pigeon Pose

Start in a plank position, bring one of your knees forward toward the same-side wrist, and extend the other leg straight back behind you. Lower your hips towards the floor and rest on your forearms or hands. Hold for 20-30 seconds or as long as is comfortably possible and switch sides.

Benefits: Stretches your hip rotators and flexors deeply, promoting flexibility and range of motion in your hip joints.

How to do a Pigeon Pose stretch

4. Hip Circles

Stand on one of your legs and lift the other leg slightly off the ground. Slowly rotate your lifted leg in a circular motion, focusing on using your hip joint. Perform 10 circles in each direction slowly and then switch legs.

Benefits: Improves hip joint mobility and helps to release tension and increase synovial fluid circulation in your hip socket.

5. Leg Swings

Stand upright and hold onto a stable object for balance. A wall to lean against or a waist high table will work pretty well. Swing one leg forward and backward in a controlled motion, keeping your torso upright and engaging your core. Perform 10-15 swings on each leg.

Benefits: Enhances dynamic flexibility and warms up the hip flexors and extensors, preparing them for more intense physical activities.

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Conclusion

Incorporate these exercises into your weekly routine to maintain or improve hip flexibility. Please remember to perform them gently and gradually increase the intensity as your flexibility improves. Consistency is the key to achieving and maintaining flexible hips that support your overall fitness and well-being.

Author- Jon Scott

Author Bio:

Jon Scott

Owner of Scott's Essentials CBD Bath and Body

Company specializes in hemp based CBD topicals, lotions, bath salts and pet care. Every product is made with broad spectrum and contains no dyes, water or artificial ingredients.