Let’s face it, no one likes to do squats. They can get quite boring after awhile.
When my second child was born it was (and still is) one of the few things I could do whilst holding her that would stop her crying almost straight away. Well that and walking lunges. It was a win win really. She settled and I got to do some exercise!
You may have heard about glute muscles. There are actually three of them in your butt – Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus for the anatomy people out there. They each work differently and together to extend, rotate and allow your legs to move in different directions. The glute muscles are also important in stabilising your pelvis and supporting your spine.
It’s very common these days for glute muscles to be weak. This is becoming more common as people spend more time sitting down. This causes the muscles at the front of your hips (the hip fexers or psoas muscles if you are interested) to become short and tight whilst the glute muscles become long and weak. This can show up as different problems in different people. Things like lower back pain, runner’s knee, shin splints and heel pain are just some of the potential issues that can occur.
Check out these 4 awesome glute exercises that aren’t squats. They will really get your heart rate pumping and help strengthen those glutes at the same time.
Of course if you are already suffering from any of these conditions and have pain, it is recommended you visit your own health professional to determine the correct treatment for your individual circumstances. Different people seem to get results from different practitioners but chiropractors, osteopaths, myotherapists and physiotherapists can all help with glute weakness.
If you don’t have any current issues thats great! Keep doing what your doing but give these a try to prevent that weakness in the first place.