Increasingly, the workforce is dominated by people who spend their days sitting. This is terrible for you. These exercises can help reduce the overall stress you place on your hips and butt every day.
Courtesy of The Art of Manliness, these exercises focus on relieving the physical stress that sitting can cause. While sitting is also bad for your back and general health, the hip region takes a lot of the weight and pressure. Therefore, it's beneficial to work them out. For example, the leg swing as depicted above:
Begin with forward leg swings. Find something to hold for balance. Start off swinging your right leg backwards and forwards as high and as far back as you comfortably can. Do 20 swings and then switch legs.
Next are side-to-side swings. Again, find something to hold for balance. Swing your right leg out to the side as high as possible and then in front of you towards your left as far as you can go. Perform 20 swings and then switch legs. Depending on how tight you feel, you may need another set.
One of the best ways to reduce the stress on your hips is to sit less or take more breaks. You can check out The Art of Manliness' post for more examples of workouts that can help make life in the chair less painful.
7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting [The Art of Manliness]