Hip flexor stretches are one of the most important things you should
do regularly. Therefore, on this page, you'll see two ways of stretching
your hip flexors effectively.
Hip Flexor Stretches 1
Here, you'll be stretching the hip flexors on the side of the back leg.
Here's the text for these hip stretches.
Things To Watch Out for
Hip Flexor Stretches 2
Here's the text version of these hip stretches.
If you are wondering what hip flexors are and want to know more about them, read on.
Why Do You Need To Stretch Your Hip Flexors?
Your hip flexor muscles are responsible for bending your hips and
lifting your knees, among other things. Basically, these muscles are
used whenever you bring your upper body and the front of your thighs
So, whenever you bend your knees or hips, your hip flexors have
to shorten or contract. If you workout regularly, pretty much all of
your lower body exercises will make your hip flexors contract.
Also, if you tend to spend a lot of time sitting (like me), your
hip flexors will be shortened. To counteract these daily stresses on
your hip flexors, you should stretch them regularly to get them relaxed
and lengthen them.
Another thing is that tight or short hip flexors will cause lower back pain.
One of the main hip flexor muscles runs across your body from
your lower back to your thigh bones. If this muscle is short it'll pull
your lower back forward and force you to assume a bad posture. This puts
stress on your lower back and can trigger back pain. That is not the
Unnatural posture in the lower back will have a domino effect,
affecting other areas. It can give you all kinds of other problems as
So, if you could prevent all this by simply doing hip flexor stretches regularly, why wouldn't you?
Where are your hip flexors situated?
There are quite a few muscles responsible for flexing your hips.
Some of them are in the pelvic area, inside your hip cavity. So, you
can't see them with your naked eyes. Some lie around your buttocks. Some
run across and over your thighs. I won't bore you with the names and
detailed explanation of the muscles here. (I can't remember the names
anyway, I'll have to look them up.)
If you want to know more about the hip flexor anatomy, read this article at
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