Health Advice



Are you flexor-ble?

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Around 1900, circus folk used the word "hip" to describe a person who was on to something -- hip to the news. During Prohibition, "hipsters" carried illicit liquor in a hip flask. Today, while "hip" and "hipster" are still part of everyday slang, we're more interested in helping you get hip to your hip flexors! They're a group of muscles near the top of your thighs that are vital for walking and bending, as well as doing exercises like squats and lunges.

A study published in the Archives of Gerontology highlights their importance in preventing a decline in your overall health. Researchers followed 433 seniors for a year and found that those who became less mobile -- a ticket to heart woes, cognitive decline and diabetes -- had far less flexor-bility. So, we suggest you do these hip-flexor stretches daily, but never to the point of pain.

Standing stretch: Stand with feet hip-width apart, toes forward. Bend your right knee and bring your right heel up toward your butt. Hold your right foot with your right hand, and gently pull up so your knee is pointing toward the floor. Hold for 30 seconds; repeat on other side.

Floor stretch: Lying on your back with legs straight and toes pointing to the ceiling bend your left leg, with your foot on the floor and knee pointing upward. Put your hands behind your knee and pull it slowly toward your chest -- keep your body, hips and right leg on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



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