A strong and stable hip joint reduces the risk of injury in your pelvic joints, spine and knees. It also promotes a good posture, as there is no limitation in the hips flexors area (above the thighs, the muscles which help you bring your knee up, that’s hips flexion) and you develop a stronger core and stability muscles.
For runners, and not only, strong stability muscles, a stable hip joints, strong glutes maximus and hips flexibility and mobility can save a lot of injuries, help recover faster from injuries, and help perform better.
By strengthening muscles around the hips joints, which also stabilize the joint, you can relieve lower back pain as well.
All exercises must be performed with correct alignment. If you lost technique and perform them with poor alignment then it’s for nothing. Dozens of repetitions are useless if they are not performed correctly.
Running is more than just placing one foot in from of the other. Running with good alignment, and a stable, mobile and flexible hip joint is the key to performance, speed or endurance, and less injuries.
Lie down on your back.
Soles of your feet, hip width appart, flat on the ground and knees bent.
Keep heels as close to your buttocks as possible.
Lift your hips off the floor – using the buttocks.
This exercise activates your buttocks and hip stabilizers in your hip joints. It will reduce some of the back stiffness and lower back pain, and also improve your posture.
Particularly full or deep squats. These are excellent to strengthen your buttocks, and all stabilizer muscles from your feet all the way up to your core. It is a natural movement and should be practiced every day.
I have already written an article on Deep Squats – Benefits And Technique, it’s more detailed.
3. Balancing exercises
Balancing exercises are again exercises which should be performed daily. They strengthen all stability muscles from the soles of the feet to the core.
Balancing exercises do not stop at just standing on one leg. Not at all. Try variations such as:
- standing on one leg and placing a pencil on the floor, then picking it up ( the SeeSaw)
- making a big circle around your body as far as possible, close to the ground but without touching (360 Degrees) – see video below
- imagine you are the center of a clock, stand on one leg and touch with the other leg (with the toes only) each number around the clock (without putting any weight on the leg that reaches out)
Get creative but do take care where you balance. Even if you have very good balance, in case you do lose balance make sure you will not fall and hurt ourself. Safety first.
These exercises and more are some of the balance exercises we practice on out Natural Human Movement coaching. They are also part of the online Academy – a 12 weeks, weekly training and planning on Natural Human Movement, with videos, audios and detailed technique descriptions.
If you want to know more about The Academy contact me.
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