Couch Side Leg Raises
If you power walk, or run as part of your fitness regimen, here’s an indispensable exercise. Strengthen your glutes and stabilize the muscles in your quads and knees by doing this simple micro-workout. Studies show that sitting at the computer for long periods and generally being sedentary contribute to a phenomenon that causes hip flexors to shorten, which can lead to nerve and back pain. You may experience stiffness and even numbness. Do a couple sets of this sexy-looking exercise and your glutes- and hips- will thank you later.
Lay on your side, propping yourself up on your elbow. Stiffen your top leg and simply raise it toward the ceiling. It may take some practice to raise it high- don’t rush it. Focus on keeping your hips straight, not tilted forward or backward. While range of motion varies from person to person, the benefits to your quads and hip flexors are the same for everyone.