The hip flexors are a group of muscles on the front of your hips that play a key role in your mobility. Walking up stairs or just sitting down in a chair are a couple of the basic movements that are controlled by these joints and muscles.
Overly tight hip flexors are an everyday problem...and when the hips tighten up it leads to a number of issues and none of them are good.
Fortunately there are a number of stretches and hip flexor exercises that will help keep the hip joints and muscles loose. By including them into your workout routine 2-3 times a week you can stay springy with a satisfying range of motion in your lower body.
The best way to improve your flexibility is to train your muscles to stretch beyond their current levels.
But, you need to be careful and slowly work them. The last thing you want to do is push your body past it's physical limits. While exercising to keep yourself limber and pain-free is important at every stage of life, it is even more vital as we get older.
Long-term exercising can help to slow the loss of muscle as we age and also help to maintain joint flexibility. A regular exercise plan can help to delay the development of many age-related changes.
This is one of the best and most highly recommended hip flexor exercises. It's a yoga influenced exercise that does a great job of stretching your inner thighs, groin, hips, and lower back.
Only push your knees down until you feel a mild burn and not a jolt of pain. The more you do this stretching exercise the further down you will be able to go.
You can do hip flexor exercises either by sitting, standing, kneeling, or lying on your back in the supine position. The supine hip flexor stretch will relieve tension in your hips and hamstrings and improve your posture.
This exercise will tighten and tone your hips, abs, and upper leg muscles. The leg raise can also help you to identify serious back problems. If you feel intense back pain while doing the leg raise, that can be a sign of a herniated disk.
Make sure your back and shoulders stay flat on the floor and you keep your abs engaged throughout this exercise.
Even conditioned athletes tend to neglect the area of flexibility. They can bench press their body weight or run a 42K marathon, but they can't do a deep lunge or even touch their toes. Unfortunately, if strength and endurance aren't balanced with flexibility, the risk of injury is greatly increased. One wrong move can damage the back, tweak the neck, or pull a hamstring muscle.
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