Hip flexors (also known as psoas muscles) are at the center of every major movement that you make. They are an integral part of your main core, and for them to function properly they need to be strong and flexible. If not, it won’t be long before to start noticing the effects.
Stiff joints aren’t good joints, and will highly increase your choices of muscle injuries, consistent back pains, poor posture, limited range of motion, and many other issues that will affect your health adversely. Unfortunately, for as important muscle your hip flexor region is, practically no one knows about it.
While many professionals, both in the medical field and the athletics are aware of this issue, they have been hesitant to bring it up, simply because there isn’t a well-known solution. This means we’re hit with a double whammy.
In addition to the fact that many people don’t engage in exercises that specifically target their hip flexors, we have also adapted lifestyles that tend to make them weaker, tighter, and shorter. Which, you guessed it, means more pain for us.
For example, if you spend most of your time seated, at work, driving, or in front of the computer, your hip flexors won’t regularly stretch nor strengthen. Even if you hit the gym afterwards, you will still have muscle imbalances (usually exhibited by a bad posture and walking style), which make it difficult to reach your psoas muscles using normal exercises.
To put it simply, if you want to avoid back pain, keep your muscles healthy (all over the body), and not break your back hunching over all the time, it’s really important to start doing exercises that strengthen and stretch your hip flexors.
Not convinced these are good enough reasons yet?
Here are more:
• Better performance during work outs: weak hip flexors usually contribute to slower movements of muscles, which in turn limits how much you can do when working out. Stronger psoas do the exact opposite – enhance the performance of your muscles during your gym time. This means you’ll get faster results without having to take more time out of your busy schedule.
• Increased range of motion: the slow and limited movement of muscles (caused by weak hip flexors) will make it very hard for you to manipulate your body’s motions. But you can change that by simply loosening your main core muscles, which happens when you exercise your hip flexors.
• Better support: when your hip flexors are strong and flexible they will offer better support for your skeletal structure, particularly your spine. That is a sure way of treating recurrent or consistent back pain. It will also help improve your posture and overall balance.
It may almost too good to be true, but the message is really simple. Your body wants you to keep it healthy and agile, so it can move about in the way it’s designed to do so. When you don’t so this, your body tells you something is wrong, usually with pain.
To avoid this, simply stretch your hip flexors regularly. One of the best ways to exercise your psoas is using the ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors’ program. This simple-to-follow program includes a step-by-step guide on how to target your hip flexors when working out. It also contains specific exercises that target your hip flexors specifically.
It’s simple, quick, and easy. Do yourself a favor and start now because the damage is irreversible.