The past 2 months I have been travelling and sitting way more than usual, mainly due to the amount of driving done. And seriously, I have been feeling my hips stiffening, my spine struggling and my butt withering, wasting and pining away…
In 2014 I blogged ’50 days to save your butt’, which I am now updating and reposting. I hope you accept this invitation and journey with me for the coming 50 or so days to learn more about your body and to experience the effects of small changes in your daily routine. So that the next time you feel your body starting to pine…. you listen and take action:
1. to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for): to pine for one’s home and family.
2. to fail gradually in health or vitality from grief, regret, or longing
3. Archaic. to be discontented; fret. verb (used with object), pined, pin·ing.
4. Archaic. to suffer grief or regret over.
5. Archaic. painful longing.
Origin: before 900; Middle English pinen to torture, torment, inflict pain, be in pain
Synonyms: dwindle, decline, languish, droop, waste.
A while ago I wrote about our family neck and my aunt who has such trouble finding pants that fit. This is becoming a very common phenomenon. But just like love lifts us up where we belong… I would like to offer 50 ways for us all to get our butts back up where they belong…. So, if your butt is starting to dwindle, decline, languish or droop…
One or two tips per blog starting with releasing your quadriceps:
Most all of us are filled with blind spots of tension. Start paying attention to your quadriceps, learn to release and take the time to stretch daily!
Why? Because you absolutely NEED this length in order to walk with ease, to utilise your butt muscles.
Hold for 30-60 seconds at a time. Stretch away at your kitchen bench, waiting for the train, getting coffee, after going to the toilet. Many opportunities abound to stretch away, many times a day…. You can also create levels of difficulty in balance and coordination; grab your left ankle with your right hand while brushing your teeth with your left hand. Play!