The Gluteal Muscles:
Gluteus Maximus – this muscle assists with hip extension, external rotation and is the muscle responsible for allowing you to lower yourself gracefully into your chair rather than plonking down like a sack of potatoes. Maximus is also the largest muscle in the human body.
Gluteus Medius – as the major abductor of your thigh, Medius will up your Nutbush game at the work Christmas function. More importantly though it will allow you to maintain single leg stance during running and walking.
Gluteus Minimus – it is Minimus’ job to support Medius and is also the muscle that allows you to cross your legs.
Your glutes are involved in almost every action or activity that you do, including running, dancing, walking, sitting and maintaining balance. Building strong gluteal muscles is helpful in relieving back pain and knee pain because it is the glutes job to stabilize your pelvis and maintain integrity in the movements of associated joints and muscles.
As we age, losing strength in the glutes can impact our confidence to undertake our daily activities. Glute weakness has an impact on the way we walk, lessening our gait stride and impacting the feel of being balanced while walking. The glutes are also responsible for stopping us from toppling forward, this can be especially challenging when we are navigating the usual hustle and bustle of busy environments such as crowds and buses.
A great booty matters 😉