February 3, 2023

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Do you want to know how to loosen up your tight hip muscles?

During a typical workout, many people neglect exercises that focus on building hip strength. However, this is extremely important as weak hip muscles can trigger a cascade of negative changes in your mobility. If your hip muscles are weak, you may experience poor hip movement.

This, in turn, can lead to hip, knee, and back pain. There are several major muscles in your hips that deserve strengthening. Your gluteus maximus (which is at the back of your hips or buttocks) and the gluteus medius, which is the primary muscle at the side of your hip, are two of them.

Your hip flexors – the rectus femoris and iliopsoas – should also be taken care of, especially if you spend hours at a desk.

Sitting for long periods can cause your hip flexors to shorten and tighten, leading to postural problems and back pain. In addition, weak hip flexors can contribute to foot, ankle, and knee injuries.1,2

Sitting is a major cause of tight hips and thighs because the muscles are rarely stretched (although exercise can also tighten them). To lengthen and strengthen those muscles, try this move developed by Suzanne Bowen, inventor of BarreAmped, an internationally taught barre technique named the Best Barre Workout of 2015 by Fitness Magazine and Natural Health Magazine was selected.3

You will need a chair or kitchen counter for support. Start in a kneeling lunge position with your right foot forward and your leg bent at a 90-degree angle at the knee. Your left knee should be a few inches behind your left hip. To perform the exercise, Bowen recommends:4

“1. Push forward a few inches in your right leg until you feel a gentle stretch in the opposite hip.

If you have very tight hips, this might be for you. (Protect the front knee by making sure it doesn’t go past your toes.) For a more advanced stretch, extend your left leg behind you, then push it forward.