𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐲? Our day to day activities cause imbalances in our muscles, especially our hips. This usually means one side of your body is compensating for the other. This can happen due to standing on one side more than the other, sitting in awkward positions, sleeping on our favorite side, working out, and many other movements we perform throughout the day. What we do to counteract this problem is to start balancing the muscles again. We do that by first starting with the opposite side of the problem in question. For example, if your right leg is overworked, we start by balancing your left leg. In terms of your hips, if you have an imbalance where one side is tight or you find you have an over dominant leg. SNU Registered Massage Therapist, Brendan, gives you a few exercises you can do. These 3 exercises include: 𝟏) 𝐓𝐑𝐗 𝐏𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐥 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐭: This movement isolates each leg and allows you to work your hips and glutes as well. A Pistol squat is just a squat with one leg so focus on pushing your hips back and keeping your knees behind your toes. – Perform 3-4 sets of 10 reps. 𝟐) 𝐇𝐢𝐩 𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐞: What we’re doing is activating the glutes and hips like we would when walking except exaggerated by elevating one side of your leg and working a hinging motion. – perform 10-15 reps at 3-4 sets. 𝟑) 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐝: This movement helps activate your stabilizer muscles including your hips. Do this with no shoes on and best performed on a piece of foam or even a Bosu.
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