By James Goodwin, PTA, CSCS
Activate your hips for improved performance!
The hips are crucial in stabilization the pelvis and lower body including the knee. One of the best things you can do before you go for a walk or run is activating your gluteal muscles. Here is a simple exercise you can perform with a resistance band following your dynamic warm-up. Place the band around both ankles and perform about 20 small steps to the left and then to the right facing the same direction. Maintain a mini squat position with hips slightly back and knee bent. You should feel your butt (side and back glutes) working after performing 1-2 rounds.
Try this out right before you go for that walk or run or even before a lower body workout and see how ‘stable’ your hips feel! As Shakira would say, “Hips don’t lie!”