Why is it so important to maintain hip flexibility while working from home? Well, think of it this way, your hips act as the hinge between your upper and lower body and are the greatest point of leverage in the human body. If the muscles in this area get tight and rigid, then the whole body follows and our biggest engine is turned off. Not to worry, all it takes is a little bit of quick maintenance on a daily basis. Below are 3 easy steps to keep your hips ready to rock.
That’s it! Just do these three easy things each day and watch your body start feeling better!
- Stand Up
You don’t need to stand all day, but taking a minute or two to extend your hips in a full range of motion every hour or so will help immensely to keep them un-glued. Set a reminder on your phone to que yourself to get up for a few minutes throughout the day.
Squatting is one of the most important movements we can do in terms of strength training, and is also a great demonstration of our hip’s range of motion. We already tackled the hip extension by standing up, so take a minute or two to just sit as deeply into a squat position as you can manage. Don’t hesitate to hold onto something as an anchor so that you can really drop low, but remember to keep your toes pointed forward and to actively push your knees apart from each other.
- The Perfect Stretch
This stretch begins in a lunge position with your back knee on the ground. Slowly shift your weight forward by pushing your hips down toward the ankle of your leading leg. From this position you can rotate your torso toward your leading leg or away from it, and you can tilt your torso up or down. This allows you to move around and stretch your hips from a bunch of different angles.
Bonus Stretching Tip!
Just about any time you’re stretching it’s a good Idea to do two things. The first is to move! Settle down, not too much, but small oscillations in each position will help knead out tight muscle fibers. The second thing to do is stretch in intervals. Take a deep breath in and tense up the muscle you’re stretching, then as you exhale relax and sink into the stretch.