Anyone incorporating "hip hinge" into their everyday movements?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 03, 2011 at 10:13 AM

My hubby got into muscle balance therapy to fix his back, and while I was looking through his book about it this move in particular stood out to me as being at least as important as squatting. I'm still trying to master a real squat. No problems with floor toilets, but for hanging out and peeling veggies I don't seem to have the balance yet for an extended squat. Anyway, back to the question, I've been working on the hip hinge for things like weeding and picking up toys off the floor, and was wondering if anyone has worked on this, and if they have any suggestions for form or hazards to look out for.

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on August 03, 2011
at 03:46 PM

I've always done this a lot, it's comfortable for me - although squatting is fine too, it is less comfortable for long periods (for my inner thigh adductors mostly, I have some chronic tension there) and requires me to shift position often. I also do things like weed my garden, pick things up off the floor, wash my dogs etc in a hip hinge, rather than squatting, kneeling, or sitting.

It's a large component in many yoga classes as well. I do lots of yoga.

It's pretty easy to tell if you're doing it wrong (rounding through the low back), since I at least get lower back discomfort immediately.

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