One study performed on 120 healthy individuals found that 85% of men and 75% of women had an anterior pelvic tilt with many of them not reporting any symptoms at the time. Meaning that the majority of the test subjects were more apt to experience issues in the future or become injured and they didn’t even know it. Those are alarming numbers, especially considering the subjects were healthy. These figures shed light on our hip instability issues and show that they are comparable and correlate with the alarming rise of a conditions like type-2 diabetes. The major causing factor in both these conditions? You guessed it. Prolonged sitting and inactivity. As well as doing exercise activities incorrectly with prolonged poor posture.
So what can you do fix these deficiencies?
A good start is to get moving and spend less time in a seated position.
When you are sitting try and keep a good posture.
For the exercise and activities that you are doing, make sure that they have a functional training focus to help rebuild your postural foundations. It’s important that the exercises are being done correctly as this will have the biggest impact in your posture and in increasing your stability and mobility.
Related: Is your training functional?
Stretch. Everyday. This is a habit that should become as common place in your daily routine as brushing your teeth.
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Is Our Poor Mobility and Hip Instability as Big as the Rise of Diabetes in the Modern World?
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So what if you can’t touch your toes? Everyone over the age of 30 has a groaning sore back, knee or hip, right? Our poor mobility has long been brushed off as unimportant as we just don’t associate this lack of mobility, especially in our hips, as causing any major health issues. However, science shows that restricted hip mobility has strong correlations to back, spine, hip and other musculoskeletal issues in the lower extremities that can stretch up the kinetic chain of our bodies. Additionally, it also impacts athletic performance as this inflexibility can cause early muscle fatigue. Hip instability also throws us out of our natural movements by displacing our posture and throwing our bodies out of balance.
Related: The importance of staying in motion.
This instability in our hips is the bi-product of our sedentary lifestyles, specifically sitting. The long standing repercussion of this immobility means that we become more prone to malaise and other conditions associated with being sedentary putting this type of issue on par with the rise of conditions like type-2 diabetes. People every year visit their doctor’s and look for prescriptions and treatments to alleviate all sorts of pain and issues without actually addressing the issue itself, poor mobility, posture, and hip instability.
For example, anterior pelvic tilt is a change in posture that is a common cause of lower extremity pain, misalignment, and injuries. Anterior pelvic tilt happens when certain muscles in your hips shorten and other lengthen causing the pelvis to rotate forward as well as rise.