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I loved seeing this quick, simple article in my inbox a few months ago about commonly overlooked muscles. It came at a perfect time for me. I was reminded of the importance of my stabilizer muscles, which is something I had been neglecting until I read the article. The information in the article helped me remember the value of strengthening certain muscles such as the adductors, gluteus medius, quadrates lumborum, and pelvic floor. All of these smaller muscles are great for supporting the function of other major body parts and improving our posture.
This article came at a perfect time for me because of where I was in my pregnancy. I was just finishing up my 1st trimester and hadn’t put on a lot of weight or developed much of a belly yet. It made me stop and think about the future changes that were going to happen to my body and how my posture would be affected. Thus, I quickly started incorporating stabilizer muscle exercises into my fitness routine.
Since adding these exercises into my weekly regimen I’ve yet to experience any back or hip pain; YAY!! The only time I get flare-ups are after long bouts of traveling with too much sitting. So, with that said, do you have to be pregnant to incorporate such exercises into your routine??? Absolutely not!!!
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Check out the article below to learn more about hip mobility and ways to fix movement dysfunction.
One way I love to target my gluteus medius is by using a resistance band around my ankles/knees while walking forward, backward, and laterally. When the glutes aren’t doing their job properly and are weak, movement in the hips suffer which affects your strength, power, mobility, stability, posture and athletic performance.
The following article gives signs of weak glutes and how to cure them, check it out!
If you struggle with knee pain, poor balance, tight hip flexors, or weak ankles I urge you to look into incorporating such exercises into your fitness routine and by doing some research of your own.
3 Reasons You Need Strong Glutes
#1: banish back pain
#2: prevent knee pain
#3: improve athletic performance
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