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Sitting for long hours, whether at your desk, in your car, or at home in front of the TV is one of biggest causes of tight hips. Doing hip-opening exercises regularly lowers your chance of developing lower back pain and any other related injuries.
1. Prayer squat
Begin with feet wide apart and gently squat down, lowering your bum to the floor. Press your heels into the floor and with your hands in prayer position, ease your legs open by pressing your elbows against your inner thighs. Hold the pose for increasingly longer periods.
Sit upright with soles of feet together, using your hands to pull your feet closer to your body. Let your knees drop towards the ground, and gently flutter your knees up and down.
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3. Kneeling lunge
Start in a kneeling position and step one foot forward. Keeping your upper body upright and hips square, press your hips forward and hold the stretch.
4. Happy baby
Lying on your back, bend your knees back and hold the outside of your flexed feet with your hands. Gently pull your knees into your armpits, keeping everything relaxed.