The Importance of Strong, Healthy Hips

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Did you know having healthy, strong hips can lead to better balance, stability and overall health from head to toe?

Our hips help control full body movement by supporting the pelvis and core in order to form a strong foundation for the legs and arms to move from! 

If the hip muscles aren’t performing properly, our bodies will overcompensate in other areas which can lead to overuse and repetitive stress injuries.

Here are some facts about your hip muscles to keep them strong & mobile:  

🎯 The most effective way to target your hips is to practice proper body mechanics and alignment

  • Alignment refers to how the head, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles relate and line up with each other. Proper alignment of the body puts less stress on the spine and helps with posture.

🦵 Healthy hips provide stability and reduce strain in your knees & legs

  • Whether you’re walking, running, or performing a task having only one foot on the ground, your hips provide stability to your lower body – so it’s important to keep them strong! 

🏃‍♀️ Hips transfer power through the body during sports & daily activities

  • Energy will be lost between the upper and lower body if the core and hip muscles are not sufficiently able to transfer force.

💪 Abdominal & hip muscles work closely together and Pilates strengthens them both at the same time!

  • You hear it all the time in Pilates, a strong powerhouse is extremely important for protecting the lower back as well as the knees, ankles, and feet. 

To strengthen your hips, focus on targeted exercises that build strength in the tendons, ligaments, and the muscles that help your hip move. When surrounding tissues are strong, there’s less strain on the bones of your hip, so you’ll enjoy better mobility.

The benefits go beyond just your hips too! Strengthening your hips can also improve back, knee and foot pain.

Start our Heat Up Your Hips Series to learn the best moves and exercises to build your hip strength & improve your balance, coordination and overall strength! 💪

As you work through this series you’ll:

  1. improve your hip, glute and pelvic function
  2. relax overworked muscles & wake up inactive groups
  3. get stronger feet & a stronger pelvis
  4. improve your gait pattern for pain-free legs
  5. gain better balance & efficiency in movement

This series is for you if you’re wanting to make significant changes to your movement patterns, balance the musculature in your low body and improve your balance, coordination and strength.


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