Many times, we take our hips for granted. How easy is it to put our shoes and socks on, or bend over at the waist (hint: you shouldn’t do this) to pick something up off the floor? What about something as simple as rolling over in bed? After our ankles, which provide the first line of defense for balance in the body, our hips will take over. If our ankles cannot provide us with stability when walking on an unstable surface, our hips will take over and sway to keep us balanced. If both the ankle and hip balance support systems fail, we may take a step to avoid a fall. If all three mechanisms fail, we will fall. Having hip mobility is therefore important. But, it’s also crucial we possess hip girdle strength. Otherwise, when walking, we will notice we don’t walk normally; our gait will be “off”. Although, gait deviations can occur due to imbalances in other areas as well. Muscles to note here as important are the pelvic girdle muscles: gluteal complex at the side and rear of the hips, pelvic floor muscles below, psoas in the front, and abdominals.