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Boost your hip strength

Do these six exercises to build hip strength and improve your running with greater efficiency and better technique, says exercise scientist Anne-Marie Lategan

WORKOUT

Strong hip muscles stabilise your pelvis during the running stride, making it more efficient and reducing the risk of injuries in your back, hips and knees. We spend more and more time sitting, at work, in the car and at home, which can lead to an imbalance in the muscles supporting our hips. There are a large number of muscles around your hip. The exercises here will help you to increase the strength in the key muscles as well as improve flexibility and balance. Improving your balance increases the efficiency of your running stride and helps stop you falling over should you trip.

Warm-up

It’s important to warm up before every workout to prevent injury. Run on the spot for one minute. Sit down on a chair and stand up 10 times.

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