Integrate hip flexor exercises into your workout to better yourself in athletic and sporting activities. Don’t let weak hips throw off your balance.

Importance of the Hips

  • The primary force producing joints and involves virtually every lower-body movement including squats, jumping, running and lifting.
  • Assists in balance (twists, throws, presses)
  • Optimal hips generate force when you’re moving forward, backward, laterally and up-and-down.
  • Weakness will often adversely affect the glutes, core, and lower-body.
  • Few have optimal hips because of sedentary lifestyles.

Benefits of Stronger Hips

  • More efficient workouts: Stable, mobile hips allow for better execution of squats.
  • Reduced back pain: Loosen up your hips and engage your glutes so you don’t burden your back.
  • Less knee pain: Stronger hips help with leg alignment, while weaker hips may result in more stress on other joints.
  • Better balance: The core is better activated when the hips aren’t tight. Extra core engagement will help maintain proper posture.

Warning Signs of Hip-Related Injuries

  • Intense tolerable pain in groin area.
  • Pop in the hip when lowering into a lunge, mountain climbers or standing up.
  • Sharp pinch in the hip crease when squatting.
Consult a physician if these signs persist.

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