Improve Hip Health With Chiropractics & Exercise
Whether we are trying to shed a few pounds, tone our bodies, or increase mobility and reduce pain, I think that it’s safe to say that one of the areas of our bodies that we often tend to overlook would be our hips and outer thighs. Sure, they can both be very noticeable when wearing ill-fitting clothes, but it often seems like not much can be done to really change how they appear on the body, let alone if they cause you any discomfort.
I know that when I go to the gym, I usually focus on toning my arms and legs and improving my cardiovascular health in general; my hips and outer thighs are the absolute last thing on my mind. This is why I was a bit surprised yet completely intrigued when I came across an article post by Prevention that suggests and breaks down two simple exercises that can be used to actually slim down the hips and outer thighs. When combined with chiropractic care, these exercises can also ensure more flexibility in the area, and therefore less pain, stiffness, or discomfort. Read on to find out how to do these great exercises on your own.
Both of these exercise moves require working out on your side, so be sure to get yourself a yoga mat to use, especially if you will be performing these exercises on a hardwood floor. You can start with the Front-To-Back Hip Swing exercise by lying on your left side, with one hip stacked on top of the other. Use your left elbow and arm to prop up your head, then you raise your right leg up to hip height. Make sure your toe is pointed out. Tighten your abs and slowly swing your right leg forward without moving your hips or upper body. Now swing it back while tightening your buttocks. There’s no need to raise your leg too high.
Next, it’s time for the Side Leg Raise. Lying on your left side again, use your right elbow and knee for support. Extend your left leg out and to the side. Tighten your abs and lift up your leg until it is parallel to the floor. Lower your leg for a quick rest before raising it one more time.
Do fifteen reps of these on both sides of your body two or three times a week to get great results! Feel free to ask your chiropractor about any additional tips for improving hip health.