As the largest joint in your body, your hips play a central role in healthy aging. Regularly strengthening the hip muscles with targeted exercises is the best way to stay healthy and mobile.
What are the Hip Muscles?
The ball-and-socket joints of your hips are supported by a number of muscles including: 👉 Glutes 👉 Hip Flexors 👉 Adductors
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What are the BESTHip Exercises?
Now that you know what the hip muscles are and why it’s important to keep them strong, let’s dive into our 9 best hip exercises for seniors to incorporate into your routine.
Targets: glutes & hips Press palms firmly into the ground. Lift and lower the hips by squeezing the glutes.
Targets: glutes & hips Modify to a smaller bench height. Lift the leg behind you squeezing the glute to press the hip forward.
Targets: Glutes & hips Focus on keeping BOTH hips squared to the ground. This will ensure proper hip alignment.
Targets: Hip Flexors Similar to the leg lift, as you lift the hip to the side, stabilize the hips in the center for good form!
Targets: hip flexors & quadsKeep tension on the bands as you walk side to side engaging the outer hip flexors.
Targets: quads & glutes Practice engaging the glutes and the hip flexors by doing a simple move you do all day - sit to stand!
SIDE LYING LEG LIFT
Targets: quads & hip flexors You can do this banded or without a resistance band. Adding the band will make it a little more challenging on the hip flexors.
Targets: quads, glutes & hip flexors. Sink into the outer hip and glute to strengthen all the muscles around the hip.
Targets: hip flexors Can do with or without a band. Keep the feet and toes together as you open up the hip.
SCREENSHOT THE WORKOUT
1. Glute Bridge 2. Glute Squeeze 3. Leg Lift 4. Fire Hydrant 5. Lateral Banded Walk 6. Sit to Stand 7. Side Lying Leg Lift 8. Side Lunge 9. Clamshell DO IT: Each exercise a total of 20 reps Repeat x 2 for an amazing circuit of hip stretches!
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