Exercising your Hip Flexors
Keeping your hips in good health is really important, especially so in your old age. Everybody knows an elderly person who has slipped and broken a hip, and it’s not comfortable at all. The way to avoid this is to train your hip flexors, which are a group of muscles that let your hips function, allow you to lift your knees, and bend forward as well. This group of muscles is very important and technically speaking, they include the iliopsoas, the inner thigh muscles, and the outer thigh muscles, and together they greatly dictate the range of motion that you have.
One of the most common problems that you can experience is that of overly tight hip flexors. Most often the cause of tight hip flexors is sitting for too long, because when you sit for too long, your hip flexors stay short for a very long time. Over a prolonged period of time, if your hip flexors stay in a shortened position, they will eventually become tight, and this can be quite problematic.
When your hip flexors are tight, the results can include things like lower back pain, hip pain, and injury to your back and hips as well. Activities like jogging or running will put a lot of strain on the hip flexor muscles as well as your lower back, not to mention that running includes a lot of repetitive movement as well, thus making people who run far more susceptible to hip flexor injuries. You don’t have to be a fitness buff and run all day long to get hip flexor injuries though, they can also occur when you slip and fall, or even when simply walking up your stairs at a quick pace. When the overly-tight hip flexor muscles are stretched too far, as in when you do a movement or activity that you aren’t used to, it can cause pain and injury, especially in the groin and pelvis area.
Not to worry though, because there are quite a few hip stretching and hip strengthening exercises that you can do to keep your hip flexor muscles in prime condition, and keeping yourself from injury and pain in the process. Here are a few strength routines that you can do in your daily life in order to keep those hip muscles strong and fit. In addition to the exercises listed below, other things you can do to keep your hip flexors in good shape include getting up often from your chair, and stretching before any kind of physical activity.