Written By: Jessica Mendoza
Your hip flexors are one of the main muscle groups that contributes to running athletes. These muscles are attached to the spine and are connected to the pelvis. They allow an individual’s body to drive their knee upwards while running and allowing the leg to propel forward.
We often neglect these muscles that we use daily and allow our bodies to adapt to these unhealthy habits. Repetitive movements or consistent sitting can cause our hip flexors to tighten and create pain. This will lead to two reasons: either our hip flexors are weak, or they need to be lengthened. Strengthening or stretching theses muscles can decrease the risk of injuries and improve an athlete’s gait while running.
Here are some tips that can help improve a runners’ hip flexor strength and flexibility.
Standing Psoas Band March
This exercise is perfect for runners since it allows you to target the hip flexors in a position an athlete would be in while running.
Exercise ball reverse crunch
This exercise will help you challenge your hip flexors and core.
This stretch will help lengthen the hip flexors and will decrease the tightness of your muscle.
Wall Lunge Stretch
This stretch will also help lengthen out your hip flexors and decrease the stress on your lower back.
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