You probably have been told that you donโ€™t spend enough time stretching. Whether it was by a coach, a physical therapist, or a doctor; youโ€™ve probably heard that you could have prevented an injury by stretching more. You may have also been told that if you donโ€™t start stretching more, you will get hurt again! Like most people, you probably took the time to go through a full stretching routine before your next couple of workouts but slowly returned to your old habit of not stretching. Well, I am here with some good news: you donโ€™t need to spend more time stretching! This probably comes as a shock to a lot of you, so letโ€™s tackle the myths behind the benefits of stretching one by one, ultimately helping you answer the question, "How much do I need to stretch?".

Did you know there are 27 muscles that cross the ball and socket hip joint?! Some muscles act as primary movers while others act as dynamic stabilizers for the hip. When the hip capsule is hypomobile (or tight), your body is likely to compensate either up or down the kinetic chain to still achieve movement. This can lead to various pathologies in the lumbar spine as well as the lower extremity (1-5). The good news is there are many ways that someone can improve their hip mobility. In this article, you will learn why hip mobility is important for overall movement capacity and longevity, and we will show you 4 exercises to improve your hip mobility!