Before you reach for that cookie, muffin or soda consider this: sugar, cocaine and heroin share the same neurological pathways in our brain, and just like a drug addict we need more and more sugar to be satiated. It helps explain why it's so hard to give up huh, myself included! Little wonder why conditions such as diabetes, cardiac distress and obesity are rife in New Zealand.
Most of us suffer from tight hip flexors due to the amount of sitting we do. Why are they important to stretch? Because they are a big contributor to lower back pain.
Our hip flexors muscles start from the spine of our lower back, cross our hip joints and attach to the bone of our upper leg. When they get tight they pull our lower backs into an arch and compress the joints of our lower spine together - squeezing the discs and nerves between them. Ouch!