Healthy Hips, Mobile Life…
By: Shannon Uppington DOMP, NSCA-CPT
I think Shakira was on to something when she sang “Hips Don’t Lie.” The hips are one of the most important joints in the body and strong but flexible hips are a good indicator of overall health and mobility. Tight and restricted hips can lead to pain throughout the entire body and can cause great discomfort during everyday activities.
The hips allow us to walk, run, squat, jump and essentially move. They carry the weight of almost the entire body and form the important connection between our torso and the ground. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, meaning it moves in many directions. Although the hip is meant to be very mobile, it is the second most mobile joint in the body next to the shoulder, it is very strong and is supported by many muscles and ligaments. Hip injuries can come in many forms, but nonetheless, they can be very debilitating and poor hip health can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life. Issues with the hip can also cause knee injuries, foot problems, back pain and other pelvic issues. Today, we will take a look at the anatomy of the hip, exercises to strengthen the hip muscles and stretches to improve hip flexibility and mobility.