The glutes comprise of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus.
Glute activation exercise, like the squat with lateral leg raise, is a great exercise to help strengthen your glutes and stabilise your hips. Strong glutes help to prevent back and knee pain and help you to run faster, cycle further and lift more - handy when you have a newborn and a toddler!
Squat with Lateral Leg Raise
Place the band around your legs.
Stand with feet hip-width apart.
Bend your knees and push your butt back to lower into a squat.
Stand back up and lift your right leg out to the side, keeping your knee straight.
Return your right leg to the floor.
Squat again. This time when you stand back up, lift your left leg out to the side, keeping your knee straight.
Remember, inhale going into the squat and exhale as standing out of the squat.
Keep your core engaged
Keep chest lifted and your back straight
Keep your core engaged using the exhale and gentle connect hips to ribs.
Do 3 sets of 20 reps to fire up those glute!