Our glutes are the largest group of muscles in the body. They consist of three muscles which work together to abduct (move away from the body), rotate and extend the hip making them vital to our everyday movements.
Most people are familiar with glute maximus. The other two glute muscles are the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, which are found on the sides of your hips stacked on top of one and other.
By strengthening all three muscles your posture will greatly improve, not to mention your sports performance and overall strength and stability.
With so many people sitting in a chair all day long, the glutes simply become lazy aka Dormant Bottom Syndrome. Too much sitting can, in fact, lead to muscle degradation, back and neck pain and a whole myriad of other ailments. By strengthening your glutes your spine will have more support, you will be able to walk and hold yourself better and your pelvis will be more stable. All of this leads to better movement patterns and better posture.
Weak or tight glutes can be a factor in low back pain and knee pain. If our glutes are dysfunctional then the load they are supposed to carry is dispersed to other muscles which places inappropriate stress on the joints.
Keeping the glutes strong will not only make you look good, it will improve your posture and help you avoid injuries to your back and knees.
If you would like to know how to better strengthen your glutes, get in touch with our fabulous Pilates Instructors in the Art Of Pilates studio.