Glute Stretches: This is literally a pain in the butt! 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 when you are walking on even surfaces. So find the hills...
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.
However, this stretch is not all about tight little derriere's, it also about a healthy lower back. If these muscles deteriorate you lower back with squeal, but if they are healthy it will smile!
Often too, if hamstrings are too tight, the gluteal muscles will not be happy. So, do both , strengthen your glutes, and stretch your hamstrings.
1. Sit with ankle on opposite knee.
2. Bend forward drawing head down towards the ankle.
3. Repeat the process with the other leg.
Looking for a different STRETCH? You'll be interested to know that there are many more. Where else do YOU feel tension in your body?
Click on this link for all our Pilates Stretches.
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.
Check out our collection of DVDs - you're sure to find one that is just right for you. There are 4: Core Strength Exercises, Stability Ball Exercises, Resistance Band Exercises & Stretching Exercises.