Our inspiration to write this article was due to the increasing amount of lower back pain in fit and healthy clients. Sure we all want to have buns of steel because it looks good, but it’s also an important aspect to making sure you body is functioning well and balanced.
Did you know the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in your body? It is large and powerful because it has the job of keeping the trunk of your body in an erect posture. It is the chief antigravity muscle that aids in walking up stairs. It has an important role in the way you move and support your pelvis.
Lower back, hip and leg pain can often be due to weakness and poor function of your glutes. Every time you get up out of a chair or a car you are using your glutes because you’re performing a squat pattern. So if the glutes aren’t doing their job, something else has to overwork and this is going to create an imbalance in your body. If you’re doing running training or sports and your glutes are not working, eventually this is going to cause you an injury.
- Regular stretching of your hip and lower back
- Bridging movements to strengthen
- Make sure glutes are firing before adding load in squats and lunges
- Change foot positions to find different weight bearing to help strengthen.
- Practise Pilates to get all your muscles firing properly. Switching on your gluteus maximus and you will feel stronger, be in less pain and be able to continue exercising without the frustration of rest due to recurring pain!
Hope these tips help you if you suffer from lower back hip or leg pain . Check our timetable for classes VIEW OUR YOGA & PILATES TIMETABLE HERE