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Yoga Pose: Plank with Leg Lift Exercise

Could sitting too long be flattening your buttocks and putting you at risk for back pain?

Could sitting too long be flattening your buttocks and putting you at risk for back pain?

When we sit for long periods of time our hip flexors shorten and their antagonists muscles, the gluteal muscles or buttocks, gradually lose tone. Gluteus maximus is the largest and most surface of the three gluteal muscles. As such it makes up a large portion of the shape and appearance of the buttocks.

Sitting too long is not only the culprit behind a flat derrière but could also be why your hamstrings just won't loosen. When the gluteals weaken they call on other muscles to help, including the hamstrings. The hamstrings and the gluteals have a love-hate relationship. As freinemies, they work together to stabilize the pelvis as well as to create the extension of the hips and thighs. However, they also play a tug-of-war when it comes to posture and an imbalance between them is often the common culprit in back pain.

A study in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy compared top clinical exercises and found front plank with hip extension as the best exercise for recruiting the gluteus maximus. Additionally this pose will strengthen your core and help to maintain pelvic stability.