Leg Exercises That Don't Hurt Hip Flexors

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Not all leg exercises are going to needlessly hurt your hip flexors. Find out about leg exercises that don't hurt your hip flexors with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Lisa with danceypantsfitness.com, here at Anytime Fitness, South Longview, Texas, and today I'm going to show you a few great exercises for the hip flexors. The hip flexors are located right here in front of the thigh. They make up the iliopsoas, the rectus femoris muscle and several other muscles. But, those are the major hip flexors. When you have inflexible hip flexors, it can lead to low back pain, knee injuries. Good healthy hip flexors are really really important for good muscular balance. So, the very first thing I'm going to show you is a good hip flexors stretch. So, you just going to get down as if you're doing a lunge. Go ahead and drop the knee all the way to the floor, flatten the foot and you're just going to lean into this lunge. So, I'm, right now I'm feeling a real good stretch right here. You want to hold that for a good 20 to 30 seconds on each leg. Okay. Great way to start your hip flexor exercises. The very next one I'm going to do, go ahead and lay on the back, hands by the side, I'm going to kick my feet up just a little bit off the floor and this is just a flutter kick. So, a lot of people will do this for abdominals, definitely your abs are engaged here, but the hip flexors, especially if I go down a little bit lower to the floor, they're getting some work. The next one I'm going to show you is a bicycle. Basic air bicycle, again, people do this for abs, but that's not the major muscle being worked here. It is the hip flexor. As I drop that foot and if I add a little bit of weight to my ankles, I'm going to get a little bit more of a stretch there. And the last one I'm going to show you is a scissor kick. So, just taking one foot above the other; foreseeing yourself, make sure your lower back is as close to the floor as you can get it. Definitely hold your abdominals tight and you're going to get a good hip flexor workout right here as well. And those are a few exercises that are going to, are going to help your hip flexors.

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