I found a buried treasure in my freezer today. We are down to slim pickings in our house food wise but luckily when I went to NYC a in June I picked up some delicious bagels and froze them the second I got home. They didn’t taste as good as if they were perfectly fresh but with some butter and a little toasting they were still amazing.
Later on a leftover Jason’s Deli salad that was hanging out in my fridge from when I went on Thursday.
Some days it just takes a little extra motivation to get out the door for a run. Yesterday I decided to crack open my new Running Times magazine and read a few articles to get a little motivation before I went out the door. No furniture and a large belly = laying down on the floor anytime I am home (including as I am typing this post).
I came across an article about all of the different injuries that can occur when our glutes don’t do their job when we run. They can cause anything from hip flexor problems to IT Band pain and even feet problems. If our glutes don’t fire when we are running then other muscles have to work extra hard and pick up the slack which may result in injury.
From the September 2012 Running Times article ‘Hibernating Heinies’:
“When you sit for long periods of time, as most of us do, the very muscles you want to use in running are not able to engage properly. We’re slumped forward over a computer, head forward, arms forward. Our range of motion is very limited. The posterior to anterior swing phase is lost. When you’ve been sitting at work for six hours and you go out for a run, the glutes are functionally asleep and the opposing muscles- quads and hip flexors- compensate. Eventually they are overworked and injured.”
How do you know if you’ve got weak glutes? They included two tests to see if you do:
How can we strengthen those really important muscles?
“The big ‘muscle’ located between the ears is critical to flute activation. Think about your flutes– tensing and releasing, being aware of knee alignment, using flutes to push off while walking and exaggerated backward walking. These cues can be accomplished throughout the day and as a pre-run warm-up to reawaken neural pathways and give lazy flutes a kick in the shorts.”
They also included four awesome exercises to wake up your glutes!
Ready, set, go… let’s all do the moves and get our glutes STRONG!
Do you think you have weak glutes? How do you strengthen your glutes?
How many hours a day would you say that you sit down? Do you have a desk job?
Are you a leftover eater? Do you bring home food from restaurants and eat them or do they just sit there?
WHO WATCHED THE MARATHON TODAY!?!?!?
-We are about to go watch it at my parents’ house!!!