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. They are used in almost all of our daily activities and even in how we sit.
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, squats, clams, bridge and one legged standing poses like warrior I and eagle and a few others.
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 long extended periods of sitting and not enough activity contributes greatly to back pain and sciatica.
How to work with me:
I teach exercises to strengthen the glutes in almost all my classes.
Listen to one of my audio recordings of live classes online that take you through some exercises to strengthen the glutes.
Join a live online class in real time when available.
Join my email list to be notified of upcoming classes in-person and online.
Consider a private session live online or in-person at my studio by appointment.
Call 705-888-9686 or email Joanne@innerjourney.ca to discuss your options.