One of the body’s primary functions is movement: Be it walk, run, sit, stand, carry objects from one place to another or carry out sporting activities. As humans we are not made to sit at a desk for a prolonged period of time 5 days a week and this is the main reason why the majority of people with office jobs suffer from frequent aches and pains.
Sitting for a long time causes a number of issues with the main one being problems within your hip complex.
What Is the Hip Complex?
The hip complex is made up of the bones which make up the hip joint namely the femur (leg bone) and the pelvis, as well as all the muscles, ligaments and tendons that attach around it.
The main problems that sedentary people face are tight hip flexors - the muscles at the front of the hip which help us pull our knee up -, and weak glute muscles which are the muscles that help us extend our hip otherwise knows as the buttocks.
The reason why the hip flexors become tight and glute muscles become weak when we sit for a long time is that the hip flexors are being shortened while the glutes are being lengthened and inactive. This is why you might feel that your glutes are numb and need a good stretch as soon as you stand up. Apart from problems in your hip complex region, tight hips and weak glutes might also cause problems in your posture such as a forward lean in your trunk and rounded shoulders which will in turn lead to further aches.
Unfortunately, at times a sedentary job or a standing desk is not always an option but there are a number of things and/or exercises that you can do to improve your lifestyle and to lessen the issues discussed above.
Do try and give the above exercises and stretches a go if you have a typical sedentary office job to alleviate some of the problems that you might be experiencing. It is also ideal to exercise in or out of the gym or participate in a sport 2-3 times a week for other health benefits and to make sure that you are prolonging and improving your way of life.
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