The last time I heard of Shakira was when FC Barcelona won the Champions League, and her boyfriend, Gerard Pique (a defender in the team) took the entire team to watch her perform.
What a way to celebrate your win by watching Shakira in concert after your match win?
(And I say this, while not even being a fan of hers…)
And in recent news, she is to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 with the likes of Guns N Roses, Heart, The Cure and so on and so forth…
And from her ability to dance and sing like not other (OK, maybe Madonna set a precedent for all these so-called pop artists), you can be sure that her 'hips don't lie' when it comes to staying fit even at the age of 34.
Hip Exercises – An Introduction
Whether you're feeling soreness or the need to experience complete flexibility in your hip flexor region, a lack of exercise will not help your cause. Almost every dancer (read as: with smashing hips) will tell you how strenuous it is to keep their career going, and the only way they can stay in shape is by working out regularly.
Take for example, the secret to having a flat stomach, which is not much of a secret if you must ask me. The only way it happens is putting in a strong workout when it comes to your abs with lots of cardio as well just as with any other muscle group.
So, if you want those great hips or want to feel the flexibility, the first thing you need to think of is incorporating hips exercises into your workout routine. But before you go ahead and try the exercises as listed below, you have to keep these points in mind:
#1: These exercises are not warmup exercises but just like any set of exercises targeting a particular muscle group. So, remember to do your warm up exercises first before you try them.
#2: A lot of enthusiastic fitness freaks tend to overdo exercises, and this is not something you should try with these hips exercises. Start with ten reps and then add sets as you move along. Of course, the standard is to do a maximum of 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps.
#3: Since the objective for most people who are interested in these hips exercises is flexibility or greater flexibility, it is important not to strain yourself by executing these reps quickly but to gradually increase the speed as you execute each rep.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's look at a few videos of hip exercises that should give you a pretty idea!
A List of Hip Exercises
Here are two videos that should work for men and women, and one shouldn't frown on them just because they have been created by women. What you can be sure of, is that once you are done with this video and this hip stretching exercises video, you'll understand why these dancers are in their top form.
And before you know it, you'll have fine hips… and why? They don't lie either…