Mobility in our hips is vital for bikers, runners, and nonathletes alike. Everyone can benefit from strengthening the hip flexor muscles that support this ball-and-socket joint.
Sitting for much of the day — something most of us are guilty of, contributes to tight hip flexors. Tight hip flexors can cause lower back pain, hip pain, and injury.
When babies learn to sit, they elongate their spine, which is naturally efficient and comfortable. Moreover, it provides the most skeletal support without requiring a lot of muscle strength.
In spite of this, around 4-years old, most of us began to slump. Why? Well, significantly, this is probably when we started school, and began spending more time sitting.
We’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Well, it turns out that, in the long term, too much standing isn’t all that great for us either. In fact, long-term effects of standing are back problems and muscle damage.read more