The effect of this exercise is to give you more energy, better posture, a more solid core, and train your muscles to work together more efficiently. This makes for a nice Big Bang, all in one exercise!
Here’s a few of the high points:
- It lets you become aware of how it feels to be in good alignment, with shoulders and core supporting you.
- It lets your butt muscles be the star. The more you can train your butt to be the main muscle you use when you bring your leg to the back, the better off you will be. It means you will be averting low back overuse and possibly pain.
- It helps you to walk efficiently, using your butt muscle more than your hamstrings or low back. You are also training your hips to remain stable so that your walking gait does not stress your hips, knees, or back. In addition, it reinforces using your core as you walk or do other activities.
- It heightens your awareness and reminds you to sit up straight if/when you are sitting. If you use your core and good shoulder alignment, it will keep you from slouching or rounding your back. You will also be more aware of sitting right on top of our sitz bones, so that your pelvis doesn’t tilt forward or back. All of these things will help to keep compression stress off of your spine.
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