Hip fractures are one of the most dreaded kinds of fractures, and for good reason. They can be very painful and have long recovery times. With incidents on the rise, it’s understandable that there’s concern. But have you ever wondered why the hip is such a focal point when it comes to fractures?
To answer this question, we’ll delve a little deeper into the structure of the pelvis, so you’ll get a better understanding of the benefits of the Backwards Swing Hip Strengthener.
This weight-bearing exercise directly addresses the dual issues of hip strength and balance.
Let’s take a look at the anatomy of the hip, and you’ll see why the Backwards Swing Hip Strengthener is so effective.
Weight-bearing exercises are crucial to increasing bone density. In this move, one leg swings while the other stays still. The stationary hip receives density-increasing pressure aided by the weight you hold (more on that when we look at “How” below).
Let’s take a closer look at the pelvis and the muscles this exercise targets.
The Anatomy Of The Hip
The muscular structure of the pelvis actually incorporates a fairly large area. “Hip pain” can be felt anywhere from the lower back to the top of the thighs, and everywhere in between. That’s because the main muscle groups cover this whole area. Here are the major relevant muscles of the hip:
- Flexors, which bring your legs forward and your knee up to your abdomen. They are also engaged when you bring your abdomen to your thighs (as in a sit-up).
- Extensors, which move the leg backward. Every time you walk or run, you alternate the use of flexors and extensors. The buttocks muscle – the gluteus maximus – is an extensor.
- Rotators and Abductors swing your leg out from your body (as in stepping sideways or leg lifts lying on your side). They also rotate your femur.
- Adductors run from the hip to the inside of the thigh, and bring your leg across the front of your body.
This is a basic overview, but it gives you a sense of how important it is to strengthen these muscles if you want stronger, younger hip bones that will resist fracture.
It’s also clear the role these muscles play in balance, a crucial factor in preventing falls that could fracture a hip. If these muscles are week, tense, or otherwise compromised, your balance and pelvic bone density suffer.
Because the pelvis is central to your body, it takes a great deal of force and requires significant flexibility and strength to perform correctly. This is one of the keys in understanding why hip fracture is such a concern.
And as you’ll see, the Backwards Swing Hip Strengthener targets all of these muscle groups and more.
Wear comfortable shoes for this exercise. You will also need a small weight – even a can of soup will do. You can gradually work up to a heavier weight.
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
- Hold the weight in your right hand (you can start with either hand, of course – just reverse the directions).
- Now step backward with your right leg at a 45-degree angle.
- At the same time, lean forward and bring your right arm down in front of your left knee.
- Return to the starting position.
- Repeat 10 times (or as many times as you are comfortable with), and then switch sides and repeat another 10 times.
I like to “round out” this exercise by following it with The Balance Booster, another Weekend Challenge that promotes balance.
And one of the best things about these and other Weekend Challenges is that they can be done anywhere. The same is true for the bone-strengthening exercises in the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System.
Winter Is Quickly Approaching In The Northern Hemisphere…
….so it’s challenging to practice weight-bearing exercises that are typically done outdoors, such as walking or jogging. I developed Densercise™ with this in mind, so Savers can practice not only weight-bearing moves indoors, but also resistance and postural exercises.
Amazingly, this incredibly effective program takes just 15 minutes a day, 3 days a week. And you can also incorporate the Weekend Challenges in with your “Densercises,” or do the Challenges on the other days of the week. It’s easy to use these resources to develop an exercise program that works for you. I am not a fan of “cookie cutter” workouts!
Please take a few minutes, if you haven’t yet, to learn more about the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System, the revolutionary customize-able system that effectively reverses bone loss.
Have a great weekend!