- SPINAL ARTICULATION
Bridge work helps the cerebral spinal fluids move up and down the spine, from the sacrum to the cortex of the skull. This enables you to think clearer and have increased circulation throughout the body.
- TIGHT BUNS
Did you know that stronger glutes don’t just make you look better in workout leggings? They actually help contribute to your overall health. Many people have low back, hip and knee pain that correlates with weak glute muscles. The bridge is one of the best exercises to help target and isolate these important muscles – all while getting to lay down!
- BETTER POSTURE
Are you reading this on your computer or phone right now? That means you are probably leaning forward and rounding your shoulders and back. Most of us sit this way throughout the day, which can cause headaches, weakness and tight muscles…all from our poor posture! Bridging strengthens the back extensors, which can help us stand up straighter and decrease side effects of poor posture.
- DECREASED BACK PAIN
Poor spinal movement often leads to back pain and weak hip and abdominal muscles. Bridge pose addresses these issues. The pose focuses on the core and surrounding musculature, which can then help support and strengthen the lower back and, in turn, lead to decreased back pain. Not only that; regular strengthening with bridges can help prevent back pain in the future!
- FEELING GOOD
A bridge is considered an inversion pose because, in it, your heart is lifted higher than your head. Inversions have been shown to increase blood flow, which can help balance hormones and release endorphins. And, as Legally Blonde says, endorphins make you happy! All of this can lead to peace of mind, better sleep and improved mood! (And, let’s be real, who doesn’t want that? 🙂
- INCREASED BALANCE
Bridging works the muscles of the body’s posterior chain, which include the back extensors, gluteals and hamstrings. These muscles play a vital role in our ability to maintain balance and regain it when we start to fall. Strengthening the posterior chain will help improve balance when standing, great for anyone working on their Tree Pose!
To summarize, if you want to lift your buns, strengthen hips and hamstrings, stretching your quads and hip flexors, decrease pain, improve your health and prevent injuries, do more bridging.
Your body will thank you. 🙂