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According to Wellness Expert Peggy Hall, long periods of sitting is the bane of modern man because it reduces blood flow to the hips and legs, causing muscular imbalances.

Peggy says that many people go to the doctor to seek relief from their aching hips and don't realize that a few simple changes to their daily routine may help to keep future surgery at bay.

Instead, she recommends doing these daily exercises:

1. Standing side stretch: Stand with your feet straight ahead and reach your right arm overhead. Cross your left foot in front of your right and reach your arm to your left. Pull your shoulders down away from your ears. Hold for a few breaths and switch sides. This moves stretches the hip flexors, which are the muscles in the front of the hips.

2. Leg swing: Rest your hand on a support for balance and sing one leg straight forward and back, without turning your toes out to the sides. Don't swing too high, juts a moderate level to increase blood floor and to gently stretch the front and back of the hips. Do about 10 on one leg, then the other.

3. Seated hip stretch: Sit on the edge of a chair and turn your knees to the right. Press your left knee down a few inches from the floor until you feel a stretch at the front of the hip. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch sides.

Do these exercises daily for best results. Never force or strain, and modify and adjust as needed.

And what about those of us who are chained to a desk all day? Peggy recommends that you set a timer and take a five-minute break every 25 minutes. It will not only stretch the hips and increase circulation, but it will give a boost to your moods, mental clarity and productivity!

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