Glute Stretch: The extensive gluteal group of muscles (3 in all)extend over your backside. Some extend at the hip (that is allow you to move the leg back) and also abduct (ie allow you to lift your leg sideways). The function they have in our body is to help get us up stairs and hills and are engaged while running, but they don't get involved with general walking on even surfaces.
Tight muscles have difficulty strengthening. So, if you prefer to have a nice little backside, doing a regular regime to stretching with exercising is a must. These muscles can also be problematic with spinal alignment so check our page on POSTURE EXERCISES
as well. If these muscles are excessively tight, it can cause back pain.
1. Sit with ankle on opposite knee.
2. Bend forward drawing head down towards the ankle.
3. Repeat the process with the other leg.
Exercise 2: For those who can't manage the above, another more gentle stretch is this one.
1. Put the left foot up on the right leg.
2. Pick up the right leg with both hands behind the thigh and draw down towards your chest.
3. Repeat with other leg. Hold for a good 20 seconds, not forgetting to breathe.
BELOW you have access to our online Correct Posture Test which will help you to discover exactly what stretches will be of benefit to you. You'll also enjoy for our monthly pilates magazine. The EZINE (called NEWSY PILATES STUFF), provides useful illustrated information about exercises and stretches, a little bit of gossip, and video stretches - and of course it's FREE. The form below is a simple one and requires little time to complete.