Six Workouts to Improve Hip Flexor Health
If you’re working a desk job, then you’re prone to a number of health risks. Sitting all day tightens your hip flexor muscles, which are responsible for controlling our balance and ability to sit, stand, twist, bend and reach. Tight hip flexors can make you prone to lower back and hip pain, as well as injuries. Not to mention bad posture!
Your internal health also suffers when you sit all day. People who sit all day have shorter life spans and are more likely to contract cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases like dementia.
Performing exercises for the hip flexors help you maintain the flexibility of your hip flexors while developing agility and losing weight.
It’s important to note that not all exercises available online are good for hip flexors. Because hip flexors are located deep and underneath your core muscles, you need a more intense workout that focuses on improving movement and mobility.
Exercises for Hip Flexors
There are six major types of exercises needed for unlocking the power of your hip flexors:
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching
PNF stretching is a technique which targets a specific muscle while relaxing the muscles and decreasing the stiffness surrounding a problematic joint. A common type of PNF stretching is the partner-assisted hamstring stretch.
Dynamic stretching refers to workouts where both joints and muscles move progressively using their full range of motion. This type of workout improves blood circulation in the body, particularly around joints. Examples of this type of workout are butt kicks and high knees.
Three-Dimensional Core Stability Exercises
These exercises work to strengthen the core and abdominal muscles and improve their level of endurance. Core stability exercises also prevent your joints from having unnecessary stress. An example of a core stability exercise is the plank. Three-dimensional core stability workouts activate both the abdominal muscles and the muscles adjacent to it on the sides. A rotating side plank is a great example of this workout.
Mobility exercises are full body workouts that help joints move flexibly and freely. Running is a type of mobility exercise.
The fascia is a connective tissue made of collagen that encloses muscles, nerves, and internal organs from one another. These exercises help loosen and lengthen the fascia in order to make muscles breathe and be more flexible.
Muscle Activation Movements
These workouts target muscle areas that are not working properly due to minimal body movement. By activating these muscles, you’ll be able to move your body more efficiently. Squats and resistance band exercises are examples of this workout.
How to Work Your Hip Flexors
According to injury specialist Rick Kaselj, the key to working your hip flexors is to use the sequential flow method. This method helps you target your muscles in a sequential manner in order for you to successfully ‘unlock’ your hip flexors’ strength and flexibility.
Visit the Hidden Survival Muscle website to know more about Rick Kaselj’s program and how you can achieve peak performance faster and better.