A group of muscles often overlooked and undervalued are the buttock or gluteal muscles (glutes). Toning them not only gives us a beautiful derriere but are responsible for much more than that.
WHAT DO THEY DO FOR US?
stabilize the pelvis - essential for pelvic and spinal health
support the hip joints and it's integrity
in walking and running, each time the foot hits the ground the glutes contract and propel us forward
support your body when we stand; bear our weight
enable us to stand on one foot (balance)
healthy glutes reduce back pain and sciatic pain
The glutes are a team of 3 players: The gluteus medius, gluteus maximus and gluteus minimus.
The most effective strengtheners are side planks, clams, bridge and one legged standing poses like warrior I and eagle.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY ARE WEAK?
TIGHT HAMSTRINGS. When we have weak glutes the hamstrings (back of the thighs) tighten to bear the load. If you have tight hamstrings, check your glutes. Strengthening the glutes if needed, will allow the hamstrings to relax and stretch out.
HIPS & KNEES. Other issues that come up are hip & knee pain and difficulty walking and standing upright and balancing on two feet.
BACK & SCIATIC PAIN. Weak glutes from perhaps too much sitting and not enough activity contributes greatly to back pain and sciatica.
Join one of my weekly remedial yoga classes. Your hips will thank you! I have a few spots available on Wednesdays at 10:00am and 5:30pm and Monday nights at 6:00pm in Thornbury. Call 705-888-9686 :)