Most people nowadays lead a sedentary life. Gone are the days when we used to hunt for our food, and carry water for miles to feed our families. Convenience has taken over, and as man has progressed we now perform many tasks from a desk stuck behind a laptop or computer.
What’s the Problem with that?
Well sadly our bodies are not designed for sitting around. We are designed to twist, squat, lunge, pounce and hunt like our feline friends.
If you sit for the majority of the day, this leads to quad dominance. The quads are located at the front or top, and hamstrings are at the back of your leg.
The short explanation…
Without going into too many details if you sit a lot and your quads become tight, your bum becomes a second pair of feet!! This is not how we are built; our bodies become imbalanced by lazy glute or bum muscles, and tight quads. Glute strength is essential for hip stabilization, Poor hip stabilization results in poor posture and a bad back!
All good things come in pairs…
Muscles come in a sequence of partnerships the biceps have the triceps, the quads are in partnerships with the hamstrings. Your muscles should be a mirror strength of one another, in other words all muscle need to be kept toned for good posture.
Want to be strong and powerful?
When it comes to strength and power, your posterior chain (hip and lower back extensors) is your key to success for helping to manage back pain and improve common postural problems.
Exercises to strengthen the Posterior Chain
Always remember to consult your health professional before embarking on any new exercise regimme.
Beginners Exercises (Body Weight)
Good Mornings Glute Bridges Reciplical Reach Cobra Prone Cobra Lunges Squats Hyper extensions Glute bridges
Hamstring curls on a Swiss ball or Bose Glute Bridges on a Swiss ball or Bose Glute kickbacks Single leg Romanian Deadlift Intermediate pistol squats Sprinting
Advanced (added resistance)
Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts Romanian Deadlifts Deadlifts All variety of squats Kettle bell swings Pistol squats (deep) Death March Nordics
We could go on forever… Confused?
No problem just talk to one of out Health and Active PT’s today, we are only too happy to demonstrate J