We've all been told things along the way with varying degrees of truth... Whether you're a seasoned triathlete, runner, or cyclist or just getting started, here are 5 of the most important things you need to know about your hips!
1. THIS IS YOUR POWERHOUSE
The strongest muscles in your body SHOULD be in your hips. If you're not using your hip muscles to generate power during cycling, you're missing out on a lot of power!
2. TIGHTNESS ISN'T ALWAYS WHAT YOU THINK.
Tightness can come from shortened muscles or it can come from muscles that are irritated or weak. For many (if not most) cyclists it's actually weakness that causes them to feel tight in their hips more than it is"shortened" muscles.
3. HIP MOBILITY EFFECTS THE REST OF YOUR BODY...
If your hips aren't able to move through the pedal stroke "well" you run the risk of irritating other areas of your body. If you've ever had pain in your knees, low back, or neck when you ride, making sure your hips are moving properly may be beneficial.
4. A SIMPLE BIKE FIT OR RUNNING ASSESSMENT CAN SOLVE MANY PROBLEMS.
A properly performed bike fit helps find the balance between optimal power, comfort, and aerodynamics so that you're left feeling and performing to the best of your abilities. Many times, bike fits focus on power and aerodynamics without taking into consideration whether your body can maintain this position.
5. YOUR BODY WANTS TO PROTECT ITSELF...
Any time your body feels “threatened” it automatically responds to protect that area by creating an internal “brace.” When you have knee pain your body will naturally try to protect it by limiting it’s movement. You still want to move which puts your knee in a tug-o-war between what you want it to do and how it’s trying to protect itself. This is not a game of tug-o-war you want to play!
At this point you're probably thinking, "well, what do I do about it?" Luckily, we can help! Stay tuned to your email for helpful tips to take care of your hip pain. OR if you don't want to wait you can join us online atfacebook.com/groups/triforhealth