Importance of the Hips
- 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.
- Weak hips will often adversely effect 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 hip when lowering into lunge, mountain climbers or standing up.
- Sharp pinch in hip crease when squatting.
Consult a physician if these signs persist.
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