|The Benefits of a Strong Butts|
First of all, a strong butt does not mean no butt. Current trends in popular culture, with emaciated models and super skinny actresses, have made real women feel that in any extra "junk in the trunk" is unattractive and undesirable. Not only is this body style not realistic for most women, it is not ideal. In fact, women are genetically predisposed to carry extra weight in their lower bodies to help in childbearing. Additionally, in many cultures a full bottom is considered very desirable and sexy, and a full, round derriere is envied and appreciated by men and women alike.
That being said, a strong, healthy butt offers many health benefits, in addition
to making us look and feel better in our jeans. First of all, because of the
large size of the muscle group that make up the posterior, the butt muscles make
the rest of our bodies work more efficiently.
This supportive base relieves pressure on the lower back and also allows for
more efficient posterior leg function in movement as well as in standing
A strong butt ensures maximal muscle efficiency. "When the gluteal muscles are weak other muscles are recruited to produce certain movements. These recruited muscles function best in a supporting role, so the result will be weaker and, over time, could develop into a chronic, overuse-type injury," says Donovan. Also, the gluteals stabilize the hip joint and, consequently, play a major role in keeping the knee healthy. Strong gluteal muscles help control hip and thigh movement, preventing the knees from folding inward.
Donovan explains, "This is a common problem in women because the female pelvis
is wider than the male pelvis, forming a more acute angle between the hip and
knee. Hence, strong gluteal muscles help strengthen the hip joint thereby
stabilizing the knee joint and helping to prevent knee pain." In fact, the
health benefits of having strong gluteal muscles are so well recognized at this
point, that development and strengthening of these muscles is a focus of
Accorrding to a physiogiest, "Because these muscles are large in mass, when
toned, they are engines that burn calories for fuel. While all muscles act in
this way, the gluteals have the greatest potential for burning calories (even at
rest) due to their size and mass." The more muscle you have, the more fat your
body is able to burn when you are in a resting state.
Numerous health benefits derive from a healthy, strong butt. In addition to making our posture better, our knees function better, our hips less prone to injury and pain, and our other muscles groups work more efficiently, they also turn our bodies into fat-burning machines that enable us to burn calories even while resting. A follow-up article will discuss in detail easy ways to strengthen these important muscles so that your body can get the full health benefits of having a strong butt. Not to mention, you'll look great in your jeans.
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