Reasons Why You Need to Work Out Your Hip Flexors
Your hip flexors are an important yet oft-neglected part of your body. It is the muscle group that connects the upper and lower parts of your body and helps it perform basic motor movements. Though it is a vital part of our musculoskeletal system, it is one of the muscle groups that gets worked out the least.
When we think of workouts, we usually focus on working out our arm, leg, and core muscles. We really don’t think about working out our hip flexors. There are two reasons behind this. One, we think that we’re already working out our hip flexors when we do core exercises. Two, we aren’t familiar with them. They’re buried deep beneath our core muscles that’s why we don’t notice them.
Whatever the case may be, you shouldn’t take your hip flexors for granted. Here are the reasons why you need to work out your hip flexors.
To maintain normal movement and prevent injuries.
These muscles, primarily the psoas, are responsible for controlling our balance and ability to sit, stand, twist, bend, and reach. If you have tight hip flexors, you are more likely to have experience lower back and hip pain, and injuries.
To improve your performance as an athlete.
Flexing your hip flexors is essential for maintaining the body’s stability. Moreso if you play a sport that involves a lot of running and needs your hips to be stable all the time.
According to a study in the Strength and Conditioning Research Journal, vertical jump athletes who performed hip flexor exercises developed better strength and decreased their run times. The study also recommends hip flexor exercises to active non-athletes. “An increase in hip flexion strength can help to improve sprint and agility performance for physically active, untrained individuals.”
To keep yourself agile and mobile despite working a desk job.
If you work a desk job like me (I’m a writer), there’s a bigger chance for your front muscles to shorten and tighten. This may lead you to develop a bad posture, which may lead to more serious orthopedic problems. You need to work your hip flexors out to prevent this from happening.
You want to intensify your core workouts.
If you want to have a better core workout, then exercising your hip flexor muscles is a great way to do it. Since the iliopsoas is located deep underneath the core muscles, working them out would require you to perform more intense and dynamic movements. Performing these movements would automatically strengthen your core.
Working your hip flexors has a lot of benefits, particularly:
- Strengthening your core
- Becoming more agile and mobile
- Having a better posture
- Preventing muscle pains and injuries from occurring
- Easing body movements
Working Out Your Hip Flexors
There are a lot of exercises for your hip flexors. These exercises are grouped into six types: dynamic stretching, fascia stretching, mobility exercises, muscle activation movements, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching, and three-dimensional core stability exercises
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