Unfortunately, Legs Matter Week 2020 was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, however, we still thought it was worth writing a blog about the importance of legs and showing you some exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home to keep them strong!
When looking at the legs, we need to break it down into its individual components:
⁃ Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. Because of our feet, we are able to get going and do what we need to do. Flat feet, for example, can cause knee, hip and back pain so it is important to exercise the muscles in the foot to strengthen the arch.
⁃ As we move up the leg, the Calf is next. We have two muscles in the calf called gastrocnemius and soleus. Simply, one which works when the leg is bent and one when the leg is straight. Strength and flexibility are therefore important for both of them.
⁃ Next is the powerful thigh muscles (quadriceps) and the muscles on the back (hamstrings). They play a vital role when we look at peoples’ pelvis orientation because they attach to the pelvis on the front and the back. This, in turn, means as they both attach to the lower leg they affect the function of the knee.
⁃ The last one to mention is the most powerful muscle which is the glute muscle. The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. An interesting fact which many people are not aware of! In the modern-day, many occupations involve us sitting on our buttocks for long periods of time. The glute muscle is attached to the pelvis, and therefore sitting down directly applies stress to the pelvis. It is therefore even more important to keep this muscle strengthened.
As the saying goes, “ one would only start building a house when the foundation was level”, therefore at Back2normal, we want to help you maintain a stable pelvis, your foundation, and help strengthen your body from the ground up. Take a look at the videos we have provided on this website for further information.