Variation #2: Side Leg Raise for better Hip Function
Back pain, your pelvis, and Hip Rolls™
Watching my video, you may be asking ‘What does rolling around on the floor have to do with my back?’ And ‘why should I do a lateral leg raise anyway?’ The answer: Because one of the many benefits of a proper side leg raise is a healthy, pain-free back.
Our bodies are uniquely organized with an upright pelvis to keep us on two feet. The pelvis forms a bridge between the torso and the legs. It’s also a bracket from which the legs hang straight and true, away from the body’s centre line so we can walk without tripping over our own feet. The pelvis also distributes the weight of the upper body downward into the floor. When you balance the strain of weight-bearing and maintain a level pelvis as you walk, you protect your spine and the muscles of your back from soreness and stiffness.
Here’s the Body-in-Motion approach: It’s the muscles on the sides of the pelvis that do the balancing and leveling. To strengthen these muscles—your lateral gluteals—the conventional side leg raise is, at best, a blunt instrument. My signature sequence, Hip Rolls™, is a major improvement over the typical side-leg or back-leg raise because Hip Rolls™ move through all three planes—a true 3-D Workout™ movement sequence. They strengthen the whole gluteal group, sides and back, while placing you in the right position for the leg raise. Hip Rolls™ and leg raises work together to build this important muscle group and keep your body in pain-free motion.
Conventional leg raises create unnecessary tension during positioning, loading and lifting. Hip Rolls™ minimize this tension by combining movement elements designed to smoothly roll you into position using proper grounding, alignment, and weight shift. These whole-body actions activate a wide range of muscles and connective tissue, strengthen the gluteals and build whole-body connectedness.
Use my Hip Rolls™ to get you into the right position to enjoy the great sensation that comes with your new side leg raises. Practice about three times a week, alternating sides, for a total of six or eight Hip Rolls™. It takes just five minutes a day to avoid the common back pain and stiffness that may be keeping you from enjoying life. And how about effortlessly rolling over in bed? That’s another Body-in-Motion benefit from Hip Rolls™.