Hip Stretch Videos
Watch the hip stretching videos below to improve your hip flexibility and relieve tight hip and lower back muscles.
by Brad Walker | First Published August 21, 2010 | Updated September 2, 2017
Hip stretches are important for the flexibility and range of motion of the hip and lower back muscles. Good hip flexibility allows for the unrestricted and pain free movement of the hip and legs.
Sports that benefit from the hip stretches below include: Cycling; Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering and Orienteering; Ice hockey and Field hockey; Ice Skating, Roller Skating and Inline Skating; Martial Arts; Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking; Running, Track and Cross Country; running sports like Football, Soccer, Gridiron and Rugby; Snow Skiing and Water Skiing; Walking and Race Walking.
Hip Muscles being Stretched
During the following hip stretch videos there are a number of muscles within the hip and lower back that are stretched. Below is a comprehensive list of the anatomical muscle names involved in the following hip stretches.
- Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus
- Tensor Fasciae Latae
- Gemellus Superior and Inferior
- Obturator Internus and Externus
- Quadratus Femoris
Sitting Cross-Legged Hip Stretch (1:05) Sit cross legged and keep your back straight. Then gently lean forward. Make the emphasis of this stretch keeping your back straight, rather than trying to lean too far forward. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Cross-Over Hip Stretch (1:27) Lie on your back and cross one leg over the other. Bring your foot up to your opposite knee and with your opposite arm pull your raised knee towards the ground. Keep your shoulders on the ground and concentrate on pulling your raised knee to the ground, not up towards your chest. Hold the stretch position for a minimum of 20 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.
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