Exercise is incredibly beneficial to the human body and mind, and that remains true for those suffering from hip pain. However, you want to be sure to avoid common workout mistakes.
Physical activity key to health
We all know how important exercise is, that it’s a cornerstone of health. Looking at specific ways in which exercise helps the body shows the far-reaching ramifications that physical activity has on wellness. Here’s a snapshot of benefits from the Mayo Clinic:
- It helps people control their weight.
- It helps prevent the development of chronic health conditions.
- It gives us an emotional uplift, enhancing mood.
- It gives us more energy. How exactly does that work? “Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently,” notes the Mayo Clinic. “And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.”
- It helps us get better sleep.
- It boosts our libidos.
- It can be an enjoying and relaxing part of life.
The question is, how can you get those above benefits without making workout mistakes that cause reinjury and create obstacles to your recovery? Here are brief notes before discussing hip pain exercises with your doctor.
Mistake #1: No lateral exercises
Many of our daily motions are linear, moving along a straight line. You need to make sure that you’re putting your hips through side-to-side motion as well, in order to strengthen the muscles and avoid imbalances. Rollerblading and slide boards are two possible exercises.
Mistake #2: Poor form during lunges.
Avoiding hip pain requires workout adjustments if your form is off. For instance, you don’t want to allow your knee to collapse inward during lunges. Essentially, that puts excessive strain on certain muscles, possibly resulting in inflammation or bursitis. Check your lunges: your knee should be positioned straight above your ankle and over the center of your foot.
Mistake #3: Overdoing it with yoga
We tend to think of flexibility as entirely positive, but one major study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology revealed that people who have greater joint flexibility experience more reduction in cartilage and bone as they age. On the other hand, keep in mind that a certain amount of flexibility in the joints is necessary in order for the muscles and joints to work correctly.
You want to ask your yoga instructor if you can improve the way you are posing. “Once you've confirmed that you are, you may reach a point where being still in a pose is what you need rather than trying to find an even deeper stretch,” explains Prevention. “We tend to think of more as more, but sometimes, overdoing it creates an even bigger imbalance.”
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