Whether you’re an athlete or you’d just like to take a walk without pain, a clear path to moving better begins at the hips.
“The hips are an avenue toward more movement freedom, and life is always better when we have more of that,” says strength coach Kate Galliett, BS, FRCms, NASM-CES, founder of The Unbreakable Body program.
As the junction point between the top and bottom halves of the body, the hips play a key role in our movement, overall health, and quality of life.
At the same time, we’ve been led to believe that these ball-and-socket joints will eventually wear out and that we’re destined for hip pain, immobility, or even surgery. (For more on hip replacements, see “Get Hip” on page 14 of the October 2020 issue of Experience Life.)
But even if you’re currently dealing with hip dysfunction, or you’ve already replaced the joint, it’s not too late to turn things around. By paying more attention to the health of your hips, you can rehab from common health complaints that many of us assume are an inevitable part of aging — or prehab to prevent them in the first place. As a result, you’ll be able to move better.
Our experts provide an overview of the hips: how they work, what they do, and common issues that may crop up when time and our lifestyles take their toll. These recommended strategies can help keep your hips healthy, mobile, and pain-free for years to come.