Warning!! The way you build muscles may influence the way you stand ! In this first episode of the 4 mini-series [Picture Perfect Posture] , we look at how exercises that we love affect our posture.
If you are reading this, I bet you are someone often spend time at the gym and doing crunches is part of your “A Must Have” workout regime. When we do crunches , other than our abs muscles, our hip flexor muscles are working equally hard. So where is this hip flexor muscles?
HIP FLEXOR MUSCLE. WHERE ARE YOU?
They are a group of muscles attach to your thigh and then come up under your guts and attach to your spine. Their function is to lift the knee and bring the thigh towards the abdomen and to stabilise the spinal.
Do you know the hip flexors are in constant state of shortened when you are sitting most part of the day? What happens if we continue with exercises such as crunch, decline situps and leg raise. The hip flexors become prone to becoming tight and shortened further, putting pressure on the spine, causing an imbalance in the hip => protruding stomach [Anterior Pelvic Tilt]. Anterior Pelvic Tilt can be exaggerated when the hip flexor muscle is strong than the glutes and lower back.
HOW DO I FIX ANTERIOR PELVIC TILT?
Doing either of the 3 exercises on at the end of the workout helps to strengthen the right muscles and adjust your hip alignment. You will be more relax and more pain relief. Doing it consistently, they will correct your posture and performance.
The Glute Bridge strengthens the glutes , thighs, and lower back.
The Plank focus on the glutes , lower back, and abs. Check out the #30days60seccorechallenge
Hip Flexor Stretch
TO SUM UP !!!
Pro Athletic Trainer / Physical Therapist , Jeff Cavaliere show us how to reverse the effects of chronic sitting by addressing what muscles are causing anterior pelvic tilt and how to strengthen the areas that are weak. Watch Here
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