The older you get, the more susceptible to injury your hips become, particularly if you’re a sportsman, runner or gym goer.

That all-important part of your body where your thigh bone connects to your pelvis bone, your hip is vital for all forms of lower body movement. Without a healthy hip you would have great trouble being able to move your legs and could even become disabled.

Luckily, the hip is one of the strongest parts of your body, and it will take a lot of exertion or damage to cause an injury to this area. Maintain a healthy hip by following these two simple strengthening exercises…

Bridging

  • Lie on your back with your hands to your sides, your knees in the air and you feet tucked in.
  • Now lift your bottom up, clenching your muscles and using your hands for stability, until your thighs and back are in a straight line.
  • Hold for several seconds before lowering yourself back down again.

Lying Hip Abduction

  • Position yourself on your side, keeping both your legs straight.
  • Slowly raise your top leg upwards to a 45-degree angle.
  • You should feel the muscles on the side of your thigh and hip begin to tighten as you do this.
  • Hold for as long as comfortable, then return to the start position.
  • Swap sides and repeat for the other leg.

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