Get fit in 15 minutes: The best exercise and nutrition to boost the flexibility of your hips
- Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather reveals the best exercise for flexible hips
- Shona Wilkinson advises pairing the work out with a diet that’s rich Omega 3
- British style expert, Liz Hemmings picks out items to wear for the work out
WHAT TO DO
For flexible hips, try a pigeon pose, says celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather (u-shape.co.uk). Bend the right leg, placing your knee by your right wrist and your foot towards the left wrist.
Extend the left leg behind you. If you are tight on the right side, place a yoga brick or folded towel under your bottom to take some pressure off elevating your right side slightly.
The left hip flexor will then also be stretched with the extension of the leg. Hold for 45 seconds to 1 minute or until you feel yourself relax into it.
Then repeat on the other side. Include it after all of your exercise sessions when the body is warm.
Celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather suggests practicing the pigeon pose to achieve flexible hips
WHAT TO EAT
Your diet can also help, says nutritionist Shona Wilkinson (shona wilkinson.com). Anchovies contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
These help with heart health and inflammation, but also enhance joint mobility to help with flexibility.
Include fresh ginger in your diet, too. It has a stimulatory effect on the circulatory system, with the added benefit of working to reduce the inflammation, which is known to reduce flexibility.
Keep hydrated, by drinking plenty of water. Our muscles are largely composed of water, which is key to muscle elasticity. Sip water throughout the day to help lubricate joints.
WHAT TO WEAR