The hip flexors are important muscles at the front of the hips, connecting the thigh to the spine. They are important for a few reasons.
First, they create stability. Along with the other ‘core’ muscles of the torso and glutes, the hip flexors are key muscles in stabilising the pelvis and spine. This allows you to move and exercise without risk of injuring the lower back.
Secondly, they are powerful muscles used in explosive movements like running and jumping. Strong hip flexors will make you a better athlete.
Finally, tight hip flexors are one of the most common causes of postural problems and preventable injuries. We spend most of our day sitting down and this leads to the hip flexors becoming short, tight and weak. Combatting this with stretching and strengthening these important muscles will reduce the risk of injury to the knees and back, while improving posture and often relieving back aches.
Make sure you are both stretching and strengthening your hip flexor muscles to ensure your body is functioning optimally.