7 tips for healthy hips

Hip problems may be caused by many factors from bad posture to excessive lifting and carrying. But by following the below tips, you can keep your hip joints in good shape.

 

  1. Walking

Walking is one of the best exercises for hip problems. If you have a limp then walking with a stick may help the muscles to recover and build up again. If walking seems impossible then short, regular intervals are recommended to get your body used to walking again.

  1. Swimming and hydrotherapy

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When you are in the water, 75% of your body weight is lifted. These low-impact exercises are fantastic as they allow the hip muscles and ligaments to recover faster. But cold water is not recommended – warm water only.

  1. Sport

Being active in sport is good for hips because it breaks up any issues you may have with poor posture or technique. The key is not to overdo it.

  1. Ergonomics

Poor sitting posture is a leading cause of hip problems. Just ensuring your computer desk, screen and chair is at the right height can make a big difference.

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  1. Posture

Many a hip-pain sufferer has experienced relief by improving posture. Remember that posture can be changed for the better over time, for both standing and sitting, by retraining your body and strengthening the right areas.

  1. Break up your routines

Doing any one thing for too long will put strain on your joints. Break up the routine of daily life – for example, if you plan on doing four hours at the computer, or four hours in the garden, try breaking the activity into smaller lots if possible.

  1. Check flexibility and mobility

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Flexibility and mobility are critically important even for those who are strong and fit. This involves checking your muscle, joint and ligament health, and may reveal other problems which negatively impact the hips. For example, a strong person with poor flexibility may still experience debilitating problems. By addressing your flexibility and mobility, through targeted exercises, you will experience less strain on the hips.

Finally, for hip sufferers facing surgery remember that the above tips can also be considered essential ‘pre-hab’, which can significantly improve your recovery.

 

Do you have issues with your hips? How to you ease the pain? Have you tried any of the above methods? Tell us below.