The one area of your body that can always benefit from stretching is the hips.
Our hips’ primary function is to support the weight of our bodies both statically and dynamically. Without our hips, we’ll not be able to sit, stand, walk and have good postures.
The hip joint also allows for fluid motions and enables a range of motion that’s needed in everyday activities.
Stiff and tight hips face a limitation in the range of motion and your lower body movements whether flexion, rotation, or adduction.
To see better performance with everyday activities and athletic moves, a healthy hip joint is vital.
In fact, it’s vital for anyone.
With that said, a sedentary lifestyle and sitting for hours a day contribute to weak and tight hip flexors.
They also weaken your joints and affect the muscles that are adjacent to the hips such as hamstrings and glutes.
Stiffness in your hips and hip joint can also lead to lower back aches, hip pain, and frailness.
Tight hips may also put you at increased risk for injury due to the increased demands on tissues that aren’t moving properly.
The good news is that remedy is fairly simple.
Performing a stretch that’s effective for your hip flexors regularly can do wonders in loosening the muscles.
Whether at work, the gym, or at home, you can easily perform this kneeling hip flexor stretch for faster relief.
To restore the health of your hip flexors, add this to your regular stretching routine. It’ll not only loosen your tight hip muscles but also improve your mobility, flexibility, and hip health.
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How to do the Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
- Kneel on your affected leg and bend your good leg out in front of you. Plant the foot flat on the floor.
- If you feel discomfort in the front of your knee, place a towel under your knee or perform this on a yoga mat.
- Keeping your back straight, slowly push your hips forward until you feel a stretch in the upper thigh of your back leg and hip.
- Hold the stretch for at least 15 to 30 seconds.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times.