Tips to Keeping Hip Flexors Healthy

Sometimes, I spend plenty of hours sitting down when I am making new designs. And every time I stand up, I would notice a little pain on my hips. I don’t mind it too much until recently when I read an article about hip flexor pain which could happen when a person sits for a long time while lacking in proper exercise.

I used to think that hip flexor problems are only common among athletes. I know of a friend who has been a runner for many years but has developed a serious condition affecting his hip flexors. For many months, he was advised by his doctor to observe anterior hip precautions.

The hip flexors are vital for the normal movement of a person. They are a group of muscles connecting the legs to the torso and lower body, allowing the legs to move in conjunction with the torso. These muscles also help in stabilizing your lower body and hips. If you are used to sitting all day, your hip flexor can become unhealthy. Because of that, you may suffer from hip pain and lower back pain. And as your problem becomes severe, your hip and lower back movement may also become limited. You may also notice postural problems as well as poor balance when standing and walking. In the long run, you may experience difficulty in standing and walking for an extended period of time.

The implications of healthy hip flexors on your normal life are very huge. That is why it is important to keep your hip flexors strong and flexible. You can do it with several easy-to-do stretches and exercises.

Yoga is especially good in strengthening your hip flexors. The same is true with leg lifts and sit ups especially when you also use small weights. If you can dangle from a pull up bar while doing leg lifts, that is one of the best ways to strengthen hip flexors. Just remember that when doing these exercises, you should always keep your back straight to prevent back injury.

As for stretching exercises, they are helpful to keep your hip flexors loose and supple. One of the most common stretching exercises for hip flexors is the kneeling stretch. This is done by kneeling on your right knee while the toes are down and then placing the left foot in front. Your knee should bend and align with the ankle. Start by placing your hands on your left thigh and then pressing the hips forward until you feel the tension in the right hip in front. Hold your position for about 30 seconds before switching legs. This is a very easy stretching exercise that you could do after two to three hours of sitting down.

It takes determination to develop healthy and strong hip flexors. Sometimes, I get carried too much with what I do that I forget about stretching and even standing up. It is always best to take periodic breaks during long hours of work and do basic stretching exercises for the hip flexors. It will be worth the effort.