Often tight hips are a sign of too much sitting, something we all do too much of! Anyone can suffer from tight hips especially cyclists see my article on hip health for cyclists here.
The hip joint sits inside a capsule containing lubricating fluid, which helps the hip move smoothly. Inside the hip joint is cartilage, a strong but flexible substance that lines the ends of joints. Your ligaments keep the ball of the joint from slipping out of the socket.
The hip flexors are a group of muscles around the top of the thighs that connect the upper leg to the hip. These muscles allow you to bend at the waist and raise your leg and often feel tight from too much sitting and lack of use.
Main hip flexors muscles are:
- Rectus femoris
- Tensor fasciae latae
There are many hip stretches you can try, one of my favorite is the kneeling hip flexor stretch. Click here to try it out.
Below is also a video for a great exercise for building strength and mobility at your hip joint, give it a go let me know how you get on!