To try and stay loose and become more flexible, you just seem to spend more and more time stretching, which isn't really working for you.
A. You don't like stretching and you only have a short amount of time to workout so you'd rather spend it really sweating and working...and
B. It feels like a waste of time because after sitting at your computer or in the car or on the spin bike or even running, your hips just seem to tighten right back up.
Since you aren't seeing results, you eventually give up on stretching and instead of doing anything, you keep working out as you have been.
Which leads to you becoming injured. This happens because your body takes the path of least resistance to perform a movement and you end up compensating and creating imbalances. Aka you overuse muscles that really can't handle the load so they get injured.
Plus often when we spend time stretching things that "feel tight" we aren't really addressing the TRUE ISSUE aka muscle imbalances and instability that leads muscles to tighten up in protection so we don't get injured further.
So what can you do to prevent this if stretching alone isn't the answer?
You can instead combine activation moves and mobility work to get your glutes activated while unlocking your hips.
By both activating AND stretching, you can get the right muscles working so that you MAINTAIN the mobility and flexibility you need to keep your hips from constantly just tightening back up!
Stretching alone doesn't work because everything we do in our daily lives just leads to our hips tightening right back up ESPECIALLY because we usually aren't ever getting our glutes actually working. In order to keep our hips loose, we need to make sure our glutes are working.
That is why ACTIVATION EXERCISES are essential if we want to not only unlock our hips, but also activate our glutes and prevent injury as well as lift more and run faster! (Plus, strong glutes look pretty darn sexy! And unlocking your hips could even help get rid of that lower belly pooch!)