Your hips, along with the base of your spine, bear the weight of your body. Exercising the hips keeps them stable and strong, and enables you to bear your body weight, bend down, walk, run and other physical movement. If you're recovering from surgery or illness, hip exercises maintain joint function and rotation. After hip surgery, hip exercises help increase
circulation and heal the hip joint.
There are two types of range of motion exercise:
Perform exercises as instructed by your doctor or therapist, depending on your condition and strength.
Strengthening the hips may help reduce fall risks, and helps maintain healthy, strong and limber joints. Follow instructions or guidance by your doctor or physical therapist before engaging in strengthening or weight-bearing exercise, especially following illness or surgery.
Flexibility helps keep your hip joint strong and limber, and enhances range of motion. You can do flexibility exercises while sitting, standing or lying down. When possible, use exercise tools like resistance bands or tubes to help with stretching and flexibility exercises. When stretching, only go as far as comfortable. Your range of motion and flexibility will increase with practice. Some flexibility and stretching hip exercises for the hips include: