Move of the week: how to wake up your hips

The resistance band is a lightweight, inexpensive but effective way to work your muscles harder; it doesn’t look like much, but soon gets things fired up. This exercise predominantly works the gluteus medius muscle (the top, outer part of your hip) – and it’s a great way to counter the impact of a day spent sitting down.

a) Place a resistance band just above your knees and stand with feet apart, wider than hip distance. Push your bum back, knees slightly bent, torso tilted forward.

b) With your hands on your hips, take a step to the right, pushing your knee out into the resistance band.

c) Shift your weight on to your right leg, and slowly bring your left foot in, so you end up back in your original stance. Repeat in both directions, 10 times each side. (Glutes should be burning by the end.)