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Tight hips can cause a surprising amount of pain and sitting all day is often to blame. “Chronic sitting is the reason we have tight hips—we start molding our body to that bent L position,” notes certified trainer Jonathan Ross, an American Council on Exercise spokesperson and author of “Abs Revealed.”

The result? Tight, achy hips and lower back pain. Remedy the situation by getting up from your desk and couch more frequently, and loosen up your hip flexors with these five expert-approved moves.

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Rachel Grumman Bender
Rachel Grumman Bender is an award-winning freelance health and beauty writer and editor. She writes regularly for The New York Times and has written for Women's Health, Yahoo Health, Everyday Health, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, and many more publications. Rachel has held Health Editor positions at YouBeauty.com and Cosmopolitan magazine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Boston University and her master’s degree in journalism at New York University. She lives in northern California with her husband and her twins.