As we age, we lose muscle mass due to being less active. That old school line the “secretarial spread” was not nice, but it was true! Unfortunately with most of us working remotely, we spend more time sitting than we used to, and it shows. Our buns are saggier, we may have more cellulite due to less blood flow and restricted movement, our backs are weaker, and we look aged. Below are the best exercises for firmer stronger buns.
First, let’s talk about WHY strengthening your glutes is more than just looking good.
If your glutes are weak, you have less lower body strength, and will more likely lean forward and be more apt to fall.
When we have a “pitched-forward” stance, we are imbalanced. When your shoulders are not aligned with your hips, you will have your head in front of your shoulders as well.
This posture not only puts you at risk of falling if you are over 50 but puts more strain on your lower back.
Practice standing up tall with your spine elongated, and your head over your shoulders with your glutes tight. Now walk regularly, but slightly squeeze your glutes to be aware of them as you step forward with each step.
It’s great to feel muscles when they are engaged.
However, on the other hand, if you do not feel them, or know how to engage them…you’re already in trouble
Dead muscles, or when our muscles are not used, they deteriorate. This is known as sarcopenia. Or, age-related muscle loss.
Even if you are in your 30s, your muscles are shrinking with each year, IF you are not challenging them to stay strong.