What do we do all day? Well the answer for most of us unfortunately, is sit at a desk or in a car commuting back and forth to work. This lack of physical activity has a profound effect on our bodies, especially our hips. They become super tight and pull on our back causing pain and distortion is your posture.
It’s really important to loosen them up if you want to be able to stand up straight as you get older. It’s vital to your overall health.
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You should sit straight on the floor, erect your spine, and now bend both knees and bring your feet close (both feet should be touching each other). Open your feet slightly and try to press your knees (using your elbow) toward the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Feel That awesome stretch!
Seated Piriformis Stretch
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Sit straight (without bending your spine) on the edge of the chair. Place your feet on the floor. Now put your right ankle on your left knee and allow the knee to open downward. Lean forward (while keeping your back straight) and lower your chest towards your knees. Do not overstretch. Repeat the same stretch with the left leg.
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This is a really nice stretch that can help lengthen several muscle groups at once, especially the hips. You should step your right foot to the outside of your right hand, lift your back foot up and point the toes upward (towards the sky), now bend your back knee and pull your foot towards your body (you should feel the stretch in your thigh muscles). Now hold your pose for 30 seconds. Repeat the same with the other foot.
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This wonderful stretch is the most effective pose to open your tight hips. For this pose, both hands should be on the floor then lunge forward. Now move your right knee towards your stomach while keeping your left leg stretched out straight on the mat. Tuck your left foot toes and try to sink your pelvis toward the floor. Move your chest towards the front foot and walk your hands in front of your body. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and repeat baby, repeat.
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It’s time for you to lay down like a happy baby. Literally, I’m not joking, give it a try! Lie flat on your back and bend both knees of yours. Now hold your feet (which should be flexed) with your hands while keeping your arms on the outside of your legs. Now try to press your both knees downward. You should press gently and try not to put too much pressure on your upper body. Keep your body relaxed. Hold for 15 seconds and do it a few times, then rock on your spin a bit to invigorate your body and have a laugh.
If you do these daily your hips and legs will be healthy and strong. Keeping your hips healthy will be good for your back and keep you pain free and standing tall into old age. Cheers to Good Health!
Have you tried this routine? Did it make you feel great or what? Comment Below!
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