4 amazing hip stretches to boost your posture

Ever feel like your hips are crying out for help after a long day of sitting? Well, you’re not alone. According to Sarah Campus, a sports coach for Stylist UK, our hip flexors can tighten up from too much time in the chair. But fear not! Sarah suggests regular hip stretches can work wonders for hip mobility, pain relief, flexibility, and even posture.

But why all the worry about our hips? Katy Reynolds, another sports coach, explains our hips are like the MVPs of our bodies. They’re crucial for stability and can help ward off pesky pains in our hips, knees, and lower back.

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So, what’s the remedy? Here are five hip stretches that will have your hips feeling as limber as a yoga instructor on a beach retreat after just one session!

  1. Supported deep squat

Squats aren’t just for building killer quads—they’re also hip heroes! Sarah recommends supported deep squats to boost rotation, ease back pain, and even beef up core strength. Get those feet wider than your hips, toes pointing outwards, and squat down low like you’re about to sit in a chair. Hold it, then repeat for that hip-loosening goodness.

  1. The 90/90 stretch

Think of this as a multitasking marvel for your hips. With one leg bent in front and the other behind, you’ll feel the magic working on your glutes, piriformis, and more. Just lean forward gently, hold for a few breaths, and then switch sides. A repeat of these hips stretches will end in sweet relief!

  1. Clamshell position

No, we’re not at the beach—though this move might make you wish you were! Lying on your side, knees bent, you’ll lift your top knee towards the sky while keeping your feet together. It’s like a mini clamshell opening up, and this hip stretch will do wonders for your hip strength and mobility.

  1. Pigeon pose

Ending our hips stretches with a classic yoga pose: the pigeon. This beauty opens up those tight hip flexors, promoting mobility and flexibility. Get on all fours, slide one knee forward and tuck the other leg back, then lean in and breathe. Your hips will thank you later!

So, next time you’re feeling the effects of too much sitting, give these moves a try. Your hips will be happier, and you’ll be ready to tackle whatever life throws your way!

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire France
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer


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