I have pain, from time to time, above each of my hips on my lower back caused by, for example, walking around with a baby. What exercises would you recommend for strengthening these areas. I can also feel stiff there.
I'm a man by the way.
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It depends how long ago you had the baby, because the whole ordeal of bearing a child will have put alot of 'wear and tear' on your lower back and hips. However, whenever you experience pain in general from doing basic things like carrying your baby, then this may be due to the fact that you have a weak lower back, hips and what sounds like a more general weakness in your posterior chain.
Strengthening these muscles, while eating well and making sure your nutrients and vitamins are in check (after pregnancy multi-vitamins are a good way to ensure you are getting these), is a good way to start. To do this, squatting (without weight initially) all the way down to the floor with good form, will help greatly. Do 3-5 sets of 10-20 reps every morning and see how your body responds. If you find it easy, increase, if not, then do less reps until you can reach this range.
After mastering the squat it may be a good idea to join a gym (some gyms have baby+mum classes) and get some exercises in there to strengthen you up.
Hope that helps!
A simple exercise that really helps your core and strengthens the lower back is planks.
It's simple, can be done at the house, no equipment needed and you only need 10-15 mins (probably even less) a day! I do them even on my maintenance days.
Check out this link (plank-exercise-benefits).
Don't forget side-planks too ;)