Hi. I'm Marty Beene, and I'm here to talk about running exercises to strengthen the hips. The hip area maybe the most important area on your body to strengthen so that you can run comfortably and injury free. So you definitely need to know some exercises to strengthen the muscles around you hips. One exercise is to simply raise your leg in the different planes that you can. Hold on to a pole or a tree and raise your leg to the side. Do that 3 or 4 or 5 times with each leg. Then raise it to the back, same thing. After you're done with that you can raise it to the front. Another exercise I like is step-ups. Step-ups are simply raising your leg so that your thigh is parallel to the ground and then holding for a few seconds. Once you can do that exercise 10 times with each leg comfortably, you can actually step up on to a bench and do the same exercise. Another great exercise to strengthen your hip area muscles are walking lunges. In walking lunges it's important to do the exercise correctly. So you're going to want to have a friend watch you the first few times you do it. It's important to keep your lower leg from going beyond vertical because that puts too much stress on your knee and ankle. Start off by doing just 1 or 2 with each leg and work your leg up to 5 or 10. But the best exercise for strengthening the hip muscles is reverse walking lunges. It's almost the same as forward walking lunges but you're going backward. The balance element that's involved in reverse walking lunges really works those muscles around your hip area. Be sure to do that one right. It's a little bit different going backwards so sometimes you have to concentrate on how you're actually going to take the next step.