Release Tight Hips
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Let’s explore why your hip flexors get so tight anyway... The main contributing factor is excessive sitting, which puts your hip flexor muscles in a shortened position. You drive to work, sit for 8 hours, drive back home, eat dinner, watch TV on the couch, and curl up to sleep. Short hip flexors are also a major contributor to low back pain as it can increase your anterior pelvic tilt (excessively arched low back curve).
Hip hinging is one of the most foundational movements one needs to master. The reason being is that it’s a movement you should be using in everyday life in order to spare your back from injuries. Before we get to the hip hinge exercises let’s discuss why and how you should do it. The following everyday activities require hip hinging: Loading dishes Picking up your kids Sitting down into a chair Picking things up off the floor Gardening
Your hips were built for movement. One way to check if you have sufficient hip mobility is to lie down, and internally rotate one knee inward to see the range of motion you have. You have good hip mobility if you can get about 30 degrees of rotation. Get 8 hip flexor stretches on our website to improve your hip mobility. Full video included!
Your Hips are meant for Mobility.⠀ ⠀ Your Hips are a Ball-and-Socket joint, which makes it ideal for lots of movement. Stretching and mobilizing the hips is paramount. Especially since tight hips can lead to excessive Low back movement - leading to injury. You'll find a variety of hip mobility exercises on our website at backintelligence.com!
First let’s explore why your hip flexors get so tight anyway? The main contributing factor is excessive sitting, which puts your hip flexor muscles in a shortened position. Think about it this way: The average person drives to work in a seated position, sits in a chair for 8 hours a day, then drives back home (seated), eats dinner seated, watches TV sitting on the couch, and lastly curls up into a fetal position to sleep (with hips flexed).