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8 Stretches Your Tight Hips Are Begging For

Mar 16 2017 - 10:25am

Tight hips seem to be a common problem for almost everybody — from runners to cyclists, from deskbound bloggers to dancers. Give this area a little extra love with this sequence of eight hip-opening stretches to increase your flexibility, reduce discomfort, and prevent injury. Try the series in the order listed here, or pick your favorites to incorporate into your workout routine.

Happy Baby

This calming hip opener [2] also stretches your lower back.

Extended Wide Squat

This relaxing stretch targets both hips at once [3] while opening up your lower back.

Open Lizard

The hip flexors, the muscles at the front of the hip, can become extremely tight just from sitting. This intense stretch targets that area as well as the outer hips.

Wide-Legged Split

To stretch your hips, hamstrings, and inner thighs, do a Wide-Legged Split [4].


Stretch both hips at the same time with Butterfly pose [6].

Head to Knee

A popular stretch for runners, Head to Knee [7] targets the hips and hamstrings while giving the back a nice stretch too.


A basic yoga pose, Pigeon [8] is one of the most effective hip openers because you can focus on one hip at a time.

Double Pigeon

Double Pigeon [9] offers a very intense stretch for your deep glutes.

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