You train hard, you eat well…it should be enough to keep you in good health and physically and emotionally strong. Yet, there is a danger lurking in our bodies that’s not only hidden from us… but which even doctors are failing to identify. It affects nearly everybody, no matter how active or sedentary you are, or how old or young you are.
This problem affects not only our body but our whole well-being.
And when I tell you what it is, you’ll be shocked… because it’s tight hip flexors.
You see, our hip flexors are the engine through which our body moves. They control balance, our ability to sit, stand, twist, reach, bend, walk and step.
Everything goes through the hips.
And when our hip flexors tighten it causes a lot of problems in ordinarily healthy and active people, like us.
THE SHOCKING WAYS THAT TIGHT HIPS ARE HOLDING YOU BACK… THAT YOU WON’T BELIEVE
We’re not just talking about a bit of soreness; tight hip flexors are the root cause of problems such as:
- Bad posture
- Trouble sleeping
- Sluggishness in day to day life
- High Anxiety
- Digestive problems
- Compromised Immune System
- Circulatory issues
- Lack of Explosiveness in the gym or sports
Tight hip flexors affect nearly everybody, but few realize the impact on your whole body.
Again, everything flows through the hips. Think of the hips as a barometer. The health and flexibility of your hip muscles are an indicator of the strength and health of our whole body.
AND AT THE VERY HEART OF THIS IS THE “HIDDEN” MOST POWERFUL SURVIVAL MUSCLE. WHEN THIS MUSCLE IS HEALTHY, WE ARE HEALTHY.
The Psoas muscle
Your hips are the bridge between your upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body’s movement.
A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength.
When it functions well, it has the power to…
- Rapidly drop ugly body fat
- Train harder, heavier and gain strength faster
- Flood your mind and body with renewed energy and vigor.
Put simply, this muscle is the core of activity in your body. So, when it’s out of balance or if the psoas tightens, there are serious consequences, which flow throughout the body.
BULGING BELLY SYNDROME
Wonder why your stomach still sticks out even though you’re hammering the core exercises every day? It’s a common myth that bulging belly is due to weak abdominal muscles. The real cause is likely to be tight psoas muscles, which cause the lower back to curve pushing out the stomach. When the psoas works properly it pulls the abdomen back tucking the tummy in, giving you a strong, flat stomach.
FAT LOSS INHIBITOR
As the body’s “fight or flight” muscle, your psoas is deeply connected to our natural survival instinct. It instantly tightens in moments of danger to either protect you (in a fetal position) or help you run, fueled by the release of adrenaline. However, if your psoas is constantly tight, it signals to the body you are in constant danger, leading to overworking of the adrenal glands. When this happens, your immune system suffers and your body automatically switches into fat storing mode in anticipation of danger. Can’t shift that weight? Blame your hips also known as your “survival muscle”.
WHY “STATIC” STRETCHING ALONE ISN’T THE ANSWER
Knowing you have tight hip flexors is one thing. Knowing how to fix your hip flexors is another challenge altogether. The reason few people manage to fix their hip flexors is simple. It’s really a hard area to reach. If you see how the psoas is attached within your body, it’s buried deep inside your core making it tough to access. It’s a hard muscle to find, let alone train. So it’s little wonder why trying to loosen it requires more than a simple static hip flexor stretch.
That’s because you need to attack the muscle from a variety of angles using a variety of exercise techniques and modalities in order to “unpack” the muscle in the right way.
Pilates is a fantastic way to deal with tight hip flexors as it works to correct muscle imbalances. Pilates exercises include both the stretching of the muscles and strengthening the muscles that support the pelvic floor, as well as the deep and lower abdominal.