We kick off this week with the topic of “shifty hips” → Instability + Mobility
Did you know that hip mobility & hip stability go hand-in-hand? In order to have healthy mobility, one must first have stability. Last week, we gave you a few ways to begin opening up the hips. Today, we are working on strength & coordination of muscles surrounding the hip. If you experience low back, hip, knee or even foot pain, it’s likely that you do not have great hip stability.
Step overs → What I love about this exercise is that it mimics a daily activity of ours, walking. It is important to be able to maintain your center of gravity as you step from one foot to the other. Begin by wrapping a resistance band just below your knee. Anchor the RB away from your knee so that it tries to draw your knee inward (see pictures). With the opposite leg, step back and forth over the band. You must squeeze your hip and engage your foot to keep the knee of the standing leg over the foot. Perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps/leg.