Modern jobs tend to keep us seated for long hours during the day. Imagine working from 9-5 i.e. 8 hours in a day and getting to sit for no less than 6 hours.
This can take its toll on one's body locking the hips and causing discomfort. Locked/tight hips is common to those who sit for very long periods of time.
However, there are certain exercises to open up locked/tight hips and increase flexibility in the hip region.
Check out these two quick exercises to increase hip flexibility for those that sit for long;
- Stretch A
This exercise is quite easy to perform and goes a long way in opening locked hips and increasing flexibility in the hip region.
- Lay with your back flat on a mat.
- Bend your two knees towards your body and hold the outward edges of the feet with your two hands.
- Relax your entire body.
- Using your upper body strength, push your knees towards the floor underneath your back.
- Remain in that position and count to 10 before returning to your starting position.
- Stretch B
This exercise can be quite difficult for starters but is very effective when it comes to increasing hip flexibility and opening locked hips.
- Place your right knee forward and lower your left knee to the floor.
- Place your arms firmly on the ground in a straight position.
- Lower the right knee gently to the right side with both arms still placed on the floor.
- Remain in that position and count to 10.
- Repeat this same action for the left leg.