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A stretch to keep your hips flexible

Special Tribune Contributor

The more active we are, the tighter our hips tend to be. Perform this stretch on a regular basis and you'll keep those strong gluteal muscles flexible.

-- Karen Voight

1. Sit in a cross-legged position on the floor. Inhale and sit up tall. Hold your right ankle in the palms of both hands above your left knee. Relax the right buttock muscle and allow your right thigh and knee to drop toward the ground. Hold for 3 to 6 breaths.

2. Move into a deeper stretch by grasping your hands together under your right leg and cradling your ankle and knee in your arms. Be sure that you sit up tall. Do not round or hunch your back. Concentrate on relaxing the right buttock muscle as your bring your leg closer to your chest. Hold this position and breathe for 20 to 30 seconds. Lower your leg and repeat on the other side.

Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Sleek Essentials."

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