Hip Exercises To Strengthen And Reduce Stiffness
Hip exercises are important for strengthening and conditioning the hips. Especially if you are recovering from a hip injury; Or if you have pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis. Doing exercises for the hips helps to build bone and muscle tissue. This can increase the stability of the joints and improve flexibility and mobility. Exercise can also help reduce pain in this area.
Strengthening the hips addresses the wear and tear on the hip joints. For many, weight loss is also recommended in addition to hip strengthening.
Be sure to see your doctor before you start a conditioning routine. Your doctor may recommend a physical therapist to show you the right way to do the exercises. You want to make sure you are not making your condition worse by doing the wrong things.
Once you get started, you’ll want to exercise your hips on a daily basis. You can include exercises from Yoga and Pilates to add variety to your routine.
Here are three exercises to get you started:
• Hip Flexion Seated-
Sit on a chair with your back straight. Grasp the chair on the sides. Both feet are on the floor. Bend your right knee parallel to the floor, then lift with your leg straight. Hold that position for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times. Do the same for your left leg. As you condition your legs, you can add light ankle weights to further strengthen.
• Side Leg Lift-
Stand behind a chair. Place both hands on the back of the chair. With your right leg straight, lift your leg to the side. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds. Release to the starting position. Repeat 3-5 times. Do the same for your left leg. Again, you can further work this area by adding ankle weights.
• Rear Hip Flexion-
Stand behind a chair. Place both hands on the back of the chair. With your right leg straight, lift your leg backwards. Hold this position for 3-5 seconds. Release to the starting position. Repeat 3-5 times. Do the same with your left leg. Ankle weights can be used to increase the intensity.
Strengthening your hips can reduce pain and stiffness if done on a regular basis. Once again, your doctor can recommend a course of action for your specific condition. To improve your condition, try these hip exercises.
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