3 minutes to improve your hip mobility

Hip mobility is important for all of us.  It helps us do everyday moves.  It helps us do athletic/sporting moves.  It can help protect against dodgy knees and backs and general aches and pains.  In short, it lets us move better, move more and move safer. So here is a quick and easy routine for almost anyone to improve their hip mobility.  There are only 4 stretches involved and it only takes 3 minutes, so you don't have any excuses (you can even do it in the advert breaks of X Factor!) So here goes...

Squat Stretch (click here for details).

Squat Stretch

Squat Stretch

Cossack Stretch (click here for details).

Cossack mobility stretch

Cossack mobility stretch

Left side Hip Flexor Lunge Stretch (click here for details).

Hip Flexor Lunge Stretch - Good

Hip Flexor Lunge Stretch

Right side Hip Flexor Lunge Stretch (click here for details).

Hip Flexor Lunge Stretch - Good

Hip Flexor Lunge Stretch

Do the above four stretches for 10 seconds each, then repeat again for 15 seconds each, then a third and final round of 20 seconds each.  That makes a grand total of 180 seconds, or only 3 minutes!  And trust me, your hips will feel a lot looser and mobile afterwards. You will get significant short term benefits from doing just this, so it would be a good drill to put into your warm ups.  But to get longer term benefits, follow the "little and often" principle.  Do this mini drill several times a day and you will get longer lasting and more permanent results.