When one hip becomes too tight it creates a pelvic tilt, risking the knees and lower back. Try this important hip stretch sequence after 50.
A fundamental signal of good health in people over the age of 50 is the ability to bend their knees and do a basic squat. But squatting can be unsafe when one hip gets asymmetrically tight – because it creates a lateral pelvic tilt that compromises the knees and lower back. This article reveals the most important hip stretch sequence for people after 50.
This stretch sequence will help create an even suppleness to the hips so that squatting becomes almost effortless.
Be sure to check out the video lower within this article to see how the stretch sequence appears in action.
The 90-90 Hip Stretch Sequence: Yes, It Matters
There’s an easy way to tell if this is also the case with you.
Use your phone to do a vertical video of yourself doing a few repetitions of a basic air squat.
The video should capture you from behind.
You’ll notice, if you look closely, that one of your hips tilts to the left or right at the bottom of your squat.
Over the years, I’ve noticed working with clients that most people tilt to the left. But whatever side you happen to tilt on, that is your “tight” side – and you’ll want to spend extra time on that side during the hip stretch sequence.
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Unfortunately, doing this stretch only once or twice a month won’t be enough to change your physiology. Do this hip stretch at least 3 times a week to help permanently improve your alignment and raise your baseline of flexibility.
Try This Hip Stretch Sequence After 50
Sit on the floor with both legs bent at 90-degree angles – one leg in front of you and the other behind you, with your arms in the air in front of you.
Now, switch sides, so that the other leg is in front and the other leg is in back.
Immediately, you’ll probably notice that one hip is tighter than the other. You’ll notice this because the tight side makes it much more difficult to sit upright without using your hands on the floor to “cheat.”
Propping your hip up in this way will make it easier to sit upright without your hands on the floor for support.
- First, hold the 90-90 position for 30-seconds with arms raised. Keep your navel pulled in, your glutes activated, and your spine tall.
- Next, do “can openers,” where you rotate your spine with bent arms for 20 repetitions.
- Then, do hips thrusts, in which you lift your hips up off the floor and thrust them forward, then return the hips to the ground. 20 reps.
- Finally, relax forward into a fully released hip stretch. Explore all the nooks and crannies — forward to the left, forward to the right, and, finally, completely over to the side resting your head on the floor. Hold for a full minute while you take slow, deep breaths.
“Forget My Hips, My Knees Are Tender!”
For some of you, your knees will be so tender that holding the 90-90 position would be unbearable even if your hips were totally flexible.
If you experience profound knee discomfort while attempting the 90-90 position, I want to kindly encourage you to consider an anti-inflammatory diet. It can help considerably. Run this idea by your medical doctor during your next check-up.