10 Easy Exercises to Strengthen Your Hips Relieve Pain
Focusing on strengthening specific areas of the body helps to reduce and sometimes avoid pain altogether. In our series of 'Learn Your Anatomy' we are bringing your attention to simple exercises you can do at home to live a pain-free life.
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While not everyone can have those supple hips like Shakira, you can all benefit from working on and strengthening muscles that support those agile hips. Although often ignored and uncared for, your hips are the fulcrum point for all the movements in your lower body. Sitting at work or home for most of the day leads to tight hip flexors that causes troubles like hip pain, lower back pain and injury.
Moreover, weak hips can lead to an antalgic gait, causing knee, ankle or foot injuries that can leave you resting in bed for days or months. And this is just the beginning, hip problems don’t stop here. Many of us are living with an artificial hip. In fact, hip replacements are on the rise peaking specifically among adults in early middle-age.
A 2005 study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine discovered an association between overuse injuries in the lower extremities and poor strength in the hip abductor, adductor and flexor muscles around the hip region. So, it’s worthwhile to take a look at your hip troubles and work to improve their strength and flexibility.
While nothing can beat walking, jogging and running, compound hip-specific strengthening exercises like squats, bridges and lunges are important to make sure your hips stay strong.