Performing hip exercises is an excellent way of toning and forming the upper legs and hips. The exercise also helps get rid of saddlebags and love handles.There are plenty of hip exercises including standing hip exercises that can be performed to tone the hips.
Like the name suggests, these exercises are done while standing. Hence it is important that you be able to balance yourself well when you raise your leg. Balancing helps tone the core muscles as well.
Standing Hip Extension
This exercise is performed to tone the muscles present in the back of the legs, the buttocks and the hips.Stand in front of a wall keeping a distance of arm’s length from the wall. Put your hands palm down on the wall for balance. Place your feet hip-width part. Now slowly raise one leg behind you pushing it as far as possible.Stay in this position for not more than three seconds and then come back to the start position. Repeat with the other leg as well. Take care to keep your back straight while performing this exercise. It is important to do equal number of standing hip extensions with both the legs.
Standing Hip Abduction
This exercise is good for toning the obliques, hips and the upper thighs. Standing hip abduction also helps increase flexibility making it easier to perform lower body exercises. Hold the back of an immobile chair for support place your feet shoulder-length apart. Now lift one leg slowly on your side stretching it as far as possible.Do not bend your knee and keep your back straight. Hold the leg in this position for two seconds and slowly bring it down to return to the start position. Perform the same with the other leg as well doing equal number of repetitions with both legs.
Standing Hip Flexion
Standing hip flexion exercises are good for increasing the muscle vigor of the hips, thighs and abdomen.Stand next to a strong, sturdy chair for support. Now bend one knee and raise the leg so that the thigh is parallel to the ground.
Remain in this position for two seconds and then slowly come back to the start position. Repeat the same motion with other leg as well. Keep your back straight when performing the standing hip flexions.