Words by Ashleigh Wilson
The hip joints can become very tight when we sit for long periods and forget to keep the hips mobile. Opening your hips will increase the blood flow to the hip joint and release tension and tightness. Its also a great opportunity to stretch out inner thighs (or adductors). Everyone is born asymmetrical. A keen awareness of how your two sides differ and working to keep them more even will allow you to be more balanced and suffer from less aches and pains throughout the body.
To ensure your hips are open, balanced and strong when your up on your feet all day (and night!), try the following hip-opening stretches. It can be performed either as a 3 minute warm up or to cool down after a workout.
Time: Total 2 minutes
Lie flat on your back and circle the knee round, using your hands. Give a little extra attention and care to the spots that feel tighter.. Circle for 30 seconds. Reverse the circle for another 30 sec and then repeat with the other leg.
Time: Total 1 minute
Slighty ‘V’ your feet to the corner of the room, open your feet wide enough to sit back in a low squat. Press your elbows back into your knees to open them and bring your hands to your heart. Take deep breaths and hold the position for a minute.