Dear walkers, a Saturday morning poem…
homage to my hips
The hip joint is one of the most remarkable joints in the human body. Allowing us to walk, run, and jump, it bears our body’s weight, and the force of the strong muscles of the hip and leg. As one of our most flexible joints, the hip joint permits a greater range of motion than all other joints in the body except for the shoulder.
Walking is good for hip health.
A brisk walk can reduce the hip fracture risk in older men by 43% – 62%. A fast paced, long duration walk can slow down the bone degeneration of osteoporosis in women. Bones respond to pressure by building more bone. The best news is for adolescents – the body accumulates bone mass rapidly at this time of life, so running a 10-minute mile or doing box jumps from a box at least 15 inches high will increase your bone mass, now and in the future.
It doesn’t matter if your hips are original equipment or a new and improved “bionic” version, walking improves balance and mobility. We know these are skills which promote independence and freedom thru all stages of life.
So let’s get out there, “get hip” with our friends, relatives and neighbors and “pound the ground” because…