Do you experience low back pain or discomfort? There is a high correlation between low back pain and the muscles of the hip; that is, when the hip flexor muscles are overly tight, they can lead to pain in the lower back. One route cause of this dysfunction is none other than prolonged sitting. Movement can be your medicine. Last weeks training tip hit on four exercises to keep your hips mobile. It’s important to move your joints through full ranges of motion often, if not daily. Another potential cause of low back pain is over exercising and not stretching properly.
Here are three more exercises to help keep your hips mobile, and that more specifically target the hip flexor muscle group that can antagonize low back pain, especially if you often experience tightness in your hip flexors from either prolonged sitting or not stretching properly.
Keep in mind, it’s important to breathe deep while you perform any range of motion, or mobility exercises. For these exercises specifically, holding each for 3 sets of 30 seconds or going for repetitions of 10 to 12 for 3 sets, while most importantly breathing deep to help relax the muscles, would be appropriate.
“First move well, then move often”- Gray Cook