Healthy hips need to do one thing− support your body and the myriad of movements it makes, and they need to do that job well. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to maintain fit and healthy hips. These tips will help keep you moving for years to come.
Sleep with your hips in mind
Many of us sleep on our sides or toss and turn during the night, switching from side to side and back again. While sleeping on your side every now and then isn’t necessarily bad, consistently straining your hips by side sleeping regularly can drastically change the way your hips align with your legs and torso.
There is, however, a simple fix: if you’re unable to sleep any other way, try putting a pillow in between your legs to support proper hip alignment. You’ll wake up with less pain, too.
Stretch, stretch, stretch
We all know how important it is to stretch when exercising. If you don’t take the time to properly warm up your muscles, joints, and bones before putting them to use, you could end up sore, in pain, or even injured. But stretching isn’t just for before your workout.
Try to incorporate some hip exercises and stretches into your morning routine. Starting your day off like this will help build muscle to strengthen your hips, and warm you up for the day ahead. Even if you’re just sitting all day, your body will benefit from a morning prep of light to moderate stretching.
Get up and move
Speaking of sitting all day, most Americans work in offices where we sit for a majority of the time. Then, we sit in our cars on the drive home and then sit on the sofa until we go to bed. Living so sedentarily can really put stress on your hip joints and cause pain throughout the years. Though regular exercise is ideal, not everyone can dedicate time each week to working out. But there are a few things almost everyone can do that promotes healthier hips. For example, simply getting up and moving a little bit every hour can help resolve some of these issues.
Try getting up and walking around the building once or twice, or even just taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Adding a little bit of physical activity will make for healthier hips, and more importantly, a healthier you.
Go shoe shopping
Your shoes might look and feel fine, but did you know that once your shoes have gone about 400 miles, they lose nearly all the support they originally had? All that mileage can add up quickly. Walking five miles a day (the recommended 10,000 step goal) means you’ll hit 400 miles in 80 days− and bad shoes can do more than just hurt your arches.
Bad shoes can make you side step, meaning you plant your foot at an angle and push off with the side of your foot instead of the ball. Walking on the sides of your feet can put stress not only on your hips, but on your knees, ankles, and the soles of your feet. This opens the door to many other injuries, like plantar fasciitis or other muscle inflammations. Bad shoes also absorb less shock, which means your ankles, knees, and hips have to take more punishment the harder you move. Try keeping track of the mileage on your sneakers and upgrading every 400-500 miles. This will ensure your legs (and your hips) are getting the comfort they need to move you from A to B.
While this only scratches the surface of ways to protect your hips, doing these few simple things can keep you walking, running, and moving smoothly for years to come.
Sometimes, though, you still end up with aches and pains, even injuries. When these occur in your hips, they can bring your life to a standstill. That’s where Airrosti comes in. We take the time to pinpoint the root cause of your hip pain and get you back on your feet, doing what you love. If you’re experiencing hip pain, visit us online to schedule an appointment and learn more about how our unique treatment fixes pain fast.
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