No matter what level of fitness you practice, finding excellent exercises for your hips should be a priority! Why? Because hip pain sucks!
If you are younger than 20 and you are reading this, you will thank me when you are 40.
And if you are over 40 – not to worry my darling! It’s still not too late!
Three Simple Moves
The three simple moves that I demonstrate below are excellent exercises for your hips. They can be done anywhere and will help strengthen, mobilize, and stretch your hips.
Before I write any further, here is my official disclaimer. I am not a health practitioner of any kind. I’m just an active 52-year-old woman who gets hip pain from time to time. I’ve done my homework. Spoke to the professionals. I became my own best expert.
My chiropractor has always been my go-to when the pain becomes really intense. However, my best remedy and ritual to date has come from my book Get Up and two exercises from Borden Communication’s (@bordencommunication) The Wellness Intelligence Collective (TWIC).
It takes a village!
Excellent Exercises For Your Hips
The book Get Up has specific exercises that follow a story that I have written. In this case, chapter 10 talks about the power of making your bed, followed by an exercise called Windshield Wipers.
What does this exercise look like? You Lie on the floor, and gently swing your legs to each side. It feels fantastic as you think about how two minutes of making your bed can be the “domino effect” of the rest of your day.
As for the next two hip exercises, The Wellness Intelligence Collective demonstrates standing CHAMPs. The seated CHAMPs power sequences I have learned from taking several of TWIC’s studio classes where they take hip health as seriously as the rest of our body, mind, and soul.
These three excellent exercises for your hips are a part of my cool down and Unmeditation time. I only do one or two sets each because I find that being consistent is far more realistic and beneficial than starting out strong and then stopping.
And my hip pain has decreased. Dramatically.
They are easy to do and just take a few minutes each.
Here’s how it’s done!
There are 17 different muscles that give power and flexibility to your hips and you want them to be as strong and as flexible as they could be. If one of them isn’t doing their job, it can turn into a “domino effect” of pain. Note the relevance of chapter 10!
While our hips are responsible for the majority of our mobility, this body part is also the culprit for collecting stress. We don’t properly care for them enough. And it’s about time.
Supine CHAMPs/ aka “Windshield Wipers”
Seated CHAMPS Power Sequence
I am gently raising and lowering my knee while keeping my foot on the floor.
These are just a few excellent exercises to take care of your hips. I urge you to try them as I found them to be a game-changer for my daily self-care.
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*This article is not intended as professional or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider.