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Unlock your Hips

21 Mar 2017   Shanti Gowans

Sitting may be the most harmless activity known to human beings, but it can also be one of the dangers to your health. Even if you are amongst the most active of athletes, you can still suffer from tight hip flexors because of the length of time you spend each day planted to a chair.

Additionally, if you have tight hip flexors from sitting too much you may be activating your body into fat storing mode and it has nothing to do with inactivity. Sitting is a fat loss inhibitor. 

As the body's 'fight or flight' muscle, your psoas (hip flexors) is deeply connected to our natural survival instinct. It instantly tightens in moments of danger, to either protect you (in a foetal position), or help you run, fueled by the release of adrenaline. 

However, if your psoas (hip flexors) is constantly tight from sitting too much, it signals to the body that you are in constant danger, leading to overworking of your adrenal glands When this happens, your immune system suffers and your body automatically switches into fat storing mode in anticipation of danger.

If you have a desk job, drive to work or like to relax on the couch, you are like a lot of other people. You can consider decreasinge the amount of time you spend sitting, but in a majority and work related cases, there's no obvious way around it.

So here's what you can do. I personally recommend that you incorporate the Shanti Yoga Sitting Series into your day. They take less than 15-minutes and can unlock your hip flexors (survival muscle) so that you are not stuck in fat storing mode. 

Give them a try, and you will bring vitality back into your life so that you can be lean, active and energetic for yourself and loved ones.

Shift that weight: Loosen those tight hip flexors known as your 'survival muscle'.

 

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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography


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