Tight Hips: Do These Mobility Drills

Mobility drills are a crucial component of any fitness routine, especially if you suffer from tight hips. Tight hips can be caused by a variety of factors, including a sedentary lifestyle, improper posture, and overuse. These drills can help increase flexibility and range of motion, reducing discomfort and the risk of injury. Here are some effective mobility drills for tight hips that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

  1. Hip flexor stretch

The hip flexors are a group of muscles that run from your lower back to your thighs. They are responsible for lifting your leg and moving your hip joint. When they are tight, they can cause discomfort and even pain. To stretch your hip flexors, start by kneeling on the ground with one leg forward and one leg back. Keep your front foot flat on the ground, and lift your back knee off the ground. Lean forward into your front knee until you feel a stretch in your back hip. Hold for 20-30 seconds, then switch legs.

  1. Pigeon pose

Pigeon pose is a popular yoga pose that targets the glutes and hip flexors. To perform pigeon pose, start in a downward-facing dog position, then bring your right knee forward and place it behind your right wrist. Extend your left leg back behind you, keeping your hips square. Lower yourself down to the ground, resting on your forearms or all the way down on your chest. Hold for 20-30 seconds, then switch sides.

  1. Fire hydrant

The fire hydrant is a great exercise for strengthening the hip abductors, which are responsible for moving your legs away from your body. Start on your hands and knees, with your hands directly below your shoulders and your knees directly below your hips. Lift your right leg out to the side, keeping your knee bent at a 90-degree angle. Lower it back down and repeat for 10-15 reps, then switch sides.

  1. Lateral lunge

The lateral lunge is a great exercise for improving hip mobility and flexibility. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and step your right foot out to the side. Shift your weight onto your right foot and bend your knee, lowering your body down towards the ground. Keep your left leg straight. Hold for a few seconds, then push back up to standing. Repeat for 10-15 reps, then switch sides.

  1. Glute bridge

The glute bridge is a great exercise for strengthening the glutes, which are important for hip mobility and stability. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Lift your hips up towards the ceiling, squeezing your glutes at the top. Hold for a few seconds, then lower back down to the ground. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

In conclusion, incorporating these mobility drills into your daily routine can help improve hip flexibility and reduce discomfort. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts as your body becomes more flexible. Remember to always listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain.

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