Whether your hips are tight from sitting at a desk all day or from spending hours at the gym, there are many ways to loosen your lower body and increase hip flexibility. When you take the time to focus on your hip flexibility, you are increasing your range of motion, lowering your chance of injury, and more.
5 Stretches to Increase Your Hip Flexibility
If you are seeking ways to become more flexible through your hips, give the following stretches and yoga poses a try:
1. Upward Dog
Upward dog is the perfect place to start your journey to increased hip flexibility. This stretch will help you open through your core and stretch through the front of your hips. To do upward dog, start by lying flat on your belly. Place your palms on the ground on either side of your chest. Slowly push your upper body off the ground and feel the stretch through your core and hips. Feel free to point your gaze straight ahead or tilt your head back and open through your neck for a deeper stretch. This is a great flexibility exercise for beginners!
Camel pose will help you increase your hip flexibility and you will get a bonus stretch through the fronts of your quads. To do this pose, start in a kneeling position with your shins on the ground and body upright. On an exhale, stretch your arms behind you reaching toward your ankles or grabbing your ankles if that is within your practice. Take a few deep breaths letting your chest and hips open!
Three-legged downward dog is a downward dog modification that will enable you to get a great stretch through your hip flexors. For this stretch, start in downward dog with your palms flat on the ground and both upper and lower bodies lengthening. Then, lift one leg high up into the air. Next, bend your lifted knee and flex your foot, creating right angles in both your knee and ankle joints. You should feel a great hip opener!
Crescent Lunge is another hip flexibility stretch to add to your repertoire. Plus, it is a pose you can do anywhere! This stretch is not only a hip opener but will also allow you to open your heart, hone your balance, and strengthen your lower body. To do a crescent lunge, start in a high lunge position with one foot in front of you with your knee making a 90-degree angle and both feet pointed forward. Next, slowly bring your back knee toward the ground. Open your upper body and stretch your arms high above our head. You should feel a great stretch through your upper thigh and hip of your back leg. Hold the pose for as long as you wish and then switch legs!
Cow face pose is one more good pose to use that will increase your hip flexibility. This pose targets the outsides of your hip. To do this stretch, start in a seated position with your legs lengthened in front of you and your upper body stretching up tall. Slowly slide your left foot under your right leg so your left foot is near your right hip. Then, slide your right leg over your left so your right foot is near your left hip. Try to sit equally on both seat bones and stretch tall through your upper body. Be sure to relax in this pose and sink a bit deeper into the stretch with each breath.