I had a ballet teacher in college who said that women have a larger range of motion in their hips due to how our bodies are equipped to work during sex and childbirth. That “usually” is a pretty huge word, because like many women, I have tight hips and as much as I’d love to swivel them, at least on the left side of my body that’s a difficult thing to do.
Lucky for my fellow tight hip suffers, there are a number of stretches and yoga poses that can relive the annoyance of having tight hips.
In a previous post, I mentioned that tight hips and knee problems are often related, so many poses that are good for strengthening knees are also great for hips. To see additional poses for both knees and hips, check out the poses in the previous post.
This pose is also a great stress buster, and it is great not only for your hips, but your entire spine as well. It’s also good for relieving stress and muscle fatigue at the end of the day.
Another great restorative pose to do while lying down (or standing), this pose is great for extending the range of your hips and beating stress
This is a beginner’s seated pose, and an easy one to use post run or after a weight training program. If you’ve attended a dance class, particularly a ballet class in the past, this one will look familiar.
Double Pigeon Pose
This another one of those poses that few people can manage to do in its full form, but even the smallest amount of effort will give you an incredible amount of relief to your hips.
Even if you don’t count yourself as one of the “bendy types,” there are easy ways to keep your hips flexible, even at your office. One is to get up every fifteen minutes to take a walk, which will stretch your hips in the most natural way possible.
Another way is to roll your desk chair back until you can grab the edge of your desk with your fingertips. Then put your forehead as far to your thighs as possible as you exhale. If you can’t get up from the desk, this is an easy stretch, and one that will also help to cut your stress.