Does sitting really shorten your hip muscles?

When entering into discussions about the health consequences of sitting, people are often told that over time if we sit for too long our hip muscles actually shorten in length making it harder for us to stand upright. While there are some changes that occur to the hip muscles, it is interesting to look at the changes to the hip muscles when moving from a sitting to a standing position.

Getting a roll on

Recent research into foam rolling has highlighted the fact that foam rolling can be a powerful tool to help keep your muscles and joints healthy. A recent study reported that sessions of foam rolling after exercise can help to reduce the normal pain that is often experienced after exercise whilst another study found that foam rolling sessions produced immediate improvements in joint mobility. These are just a few of the benefits of foam rolling.

Beginning an exercise program

The new year heralds fitness and exercise goals for many people, however there are important considerations to be aware of when starting a new exercise program.

Remember that an exercise program needs to be based on you, your strengths, your weaknesses and your goals.

What may be suitable for you to do in an exercise program may not be appropriate for the person next to you who has been exercising five days a week for the past eight years or the person on the other side who has osteoporosis and has just had a knee replacement.