I’ve been brainstorming this series for quite some time now. I’ve thought a lot about hips; your hips and my hips. And I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of ways we describe this part of our body.
We describe them with size: big hips, wide hips, thin hips, narrow hips
We describe them with splendor: captivating hips, full hips, lovely hips
But are they STRONG hips? Are they HEALTHY hips? Is this actually important to us as women? In this series I’m going to address this part of our bodies, a part of my body I’ve equally loved and loathed over the years. But I’ve come to a cease fire with my hips and decided that in order to make peace with them I must take care of them and they will love me back. Today I will talk about their importance and the value of stretching them out on a regular basis.
Structure: The hip joint is one of the largest joints in the body and is a major weight bearing joint. It’s comprised of your femur bone (thigh bone) and your pelvis. A healthy hip can support your weight and allow you to move without pain. Changes in the hip joint from disease, injury and pregnancy will significantly affect the way you walk and place abnormal stress on all joints above and below the hip.
There are 4 basic movements of the hip:
- Flexion (bring it up in front of you)
- Extension (straighten it out behind you)
- Abduction (lengthen it out to the side)
- Adduction (bring the leg back in to the center)
Now I’m not going to tell you which muscles of the leg and hip do what, there are way too many to tell you about. But what I would like to do is share with you some moves that will stretch out those hard working hips and get them freed up a bit. Come on ladies, you know you need it. More than that your hips need it! Can’t you hear them right now, they’re saying “please stretch me, and I’ll love you forever”.
Regardless of what you stretch on your body the benefits are going to be the same. And here they are:
- Increased flexibility
- Reduced muscle tension
- Enhanced muscular coordination
- Increased circulation
- Increased energy levels
So given all that you have to gain the only thing you have to lose is a few minutes a day to stretch out those beautiful and valuable hips of yours. So let’s get stretching!