If you’re a runner or someone who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk, you’re at greater risk of developing a muscle imbalance — where either similar muscle groups on opposite sides of your body or opposing muscle groups that need to work together aren’t equally strong. Since running works your quads, calves, and hamstrings more than the muscles surrounding your hips, runners can develop a muscle imbalance, which can lead to injury. Spending too much time seated can also contribute to bad posture, which in turn can create muscle imbalances around the hip joint. To avoid this, it’s important to strengthen those muscles surrounding your hips. An easy way to do that is by using resistance bands to enhance hip and leg stretches before you exercise. Here, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best resistance bands that will help prevent tight hips and improve flexibility. Bonus: They’re also great to use for various butt workouts.
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1. Perfect Peach Athletics Hip Band
This band is made with thick material and features a slip-resistant inner layer that prevents it from moving around or rolling.
Pros: It comes in two colors and sizes. It also includes a lifetime warranty.
Cons: It may run small.
2. FitGirl Resistance Hip Band
This model is also made of a durable material that feels soft to the touch with grippy strips inside to keep it in place.
Pros: It also comes in multiple sizes.
Cons: It may not have as much elasticity as others.
3. BTX15 Hip Resistance Bands
This set includes three bands of three different colors, lengths and resistance levels: light, medium and heavy. They’re made of nonslip ElastiGrip performance fabric that’s soft, lightweight and stretchy.
Pros: It comes with a travel bag, a six-week fitness and nutrition guide and a two-year warranty.
Cons: They may have an odor at first.