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Protect Your Best Asset: Stretch Your Glutes!

Many people think that lower back pain is caused by problems with their lower back but we have found that your gluteus maximus and medius are the two most frequent culprits. Here’s 3 other reasons to stretch your glutes

1.    Stretching your glutes after a workout helps spare you from a stiff body the next day.

2.    Doing glute stretches will help keep you mobile as you age.

3.    Stretching your glutes helps keep you injury free. Nobody wants a pulled glute!

 

First move: begin with your legs in table top with foam roller under your lower back and above your upper glutes. Slowly move legs side to side while holding the edges of the roller with your hands.

Second move: stack your legs like a figure four with left leg on top and move legs into table top position. Begin rocking legs side to side once more and finish on the left side. You should feel this in your periformis.  Once in this position, unfold your legs and gently bicycle kick for approximately 20 seconds. Repeat with right leg folded on top and bicycle on the right side of the body. 

On a side note, having this roller under your lower back is highly therapeutic. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana or the supported bridge pose is considered a considered a healing pose. Here are just a few of the benefits:

– quiets the mind- promotes introspection
– stress relieving
– stimulates abdominal organs- opens heart and lungs
– reduces fatigue
– alleviates headaches

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