You might not know this, but “static” stretching alone isn’t the answer.
If you trust so-called experts online, they’ll have you believe it’s simply a case of holding a few static stretches for a period of time to try and lengthen the muscle. But it’s really not the case at all.
Static stretching has its place, but you need to attack your hips with a variety of movements, including the ones below:
PNF is an acronym for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. It is a technique where you are activating a specific muscle in order to relax the muscles around a joint so you can decrease the stiffness around a joint.
MUSCLE ACTIVATION MOVEMENTS:
Due to all of our sitting and daily technology use, many of our muscles are not working properly. With this technique, we’re targeting those muscles that are off and activate them in order to help the body move more efficiently.
In this unique technique, we are targeting the tissue that muscles are surrounded in and working on loosening and lengthening the fascia. Few people understand the negative effect this tissue can have on your body.
This is where you are activating the muscle around a joint and moving that joint through its full range of motion in a progressive manner. This leads to an increased range of motion around the joint, warming up of the muscle around the joint and improved circulation around the joint. Think of high knees or butt kicks.
In these exercises, we are targeting the joint and doing movements and exercises that help the joint function optimally. This allows a joint to move more freely.
3-DIMENSIONAL CORE STABILITY EXERCISES:
With these exercises we are targeting the muscle in all planes of movement so the core and abdominal muscles have good activation, endurance and strength in all planes of movement which leads to a decrease in unnecessary damaging stress on joints.
Remember, this is just the beginning. If you want to continue to live your best life, you must continue to care for your body and keep those hip flexors loose.