Mar 2, 2016

7 Reasons to Do Bridges Every Day (+Workout Video)

Doing bridges every day is an effective way to stay healthy with little effort. We live in a sedentary society that suffers from neck, shoulder, back and knee pains but still is too lazy to incorporate some exercise into a daily routine. The good news is, you do not have to create a workout routine that is packed with tons of necessary and unnecessary exercises. Consider doing bridges on a daily basis and you will feel the following:

1. Better posture

Whether you have a sedentary job or you are a stay-at-home mom, chances are you spend your days in front of the screens – be it a television or a smartphone. Even when reading this on your laptop or phone, you are probably leaning forward or back (we are all guilty of this).

Bad posture is linked to frequent headaches, tight muscles and neck and back pains. Doing bridges regularly has been shown to improve posture and prevent all those types of pain. 5 minutes a day will be enough to keep your posture healthy.

2. No back pain

Back pain can also be caused by poor spine movement. If you live a mostly seated lifestyle, you have a higher risk of suffering from low back pain. Doing bridges on a daily basis is a great way out. Not only do bridges help relieve low back pain, they also help prevent it down the road.

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3. Better balance

Bridges help to train your posterior chain, namely the gluteals, hamstrings, and back extensors that play an important role in your ability to keep your balance and regain it when you start to fall. Doing bridges every day will help you improve your balance and strengthen your core.

4. Stronger glutes

Although walking and running can help tighten and strengthen your buns and legs, you cannot do those workouts whenever or wherever you want, right? Bridges are a simple yet effective glute-toning exercise that you can perform even in the office, of course if your coworkers don’t mind.

Bridging helps to strengthen gluteal muscles, working the rest of your core. This means that you get stronger glutes and better posture at the same time. What can be simpler? Running or walking? Or maybe bridging?

5. Scoliosis prevention

Even though scoliosis cannot be prevented, it is believed that bridging is totally good for people suffering from scoliosis. Doing bridges regularly can help strengthen your spine and return proper movement to it. Bridging can also help relieve pain due to scoliosis, including low back pain and rib pain.

6. Better workout performance

This reason is not as important as the aforementioned ones, but still worth your attention. Since bridging helps strengthen gluteal muscles, it boosts your overall sports performance. When you have strong glutes, it is much easier to run, cycle, jump, walk and hike. Not to mention that you burn more calories and fat when you have high workout performance.

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7. No knee pain

A lack of control of the femur – upper leg bone – often leads to knee pain. Bridging helps the femur stay in line with your knee and toes, preventing injuries and pain. Sure, if you suffer from knee pain, it does not mean that you should do bridges each day. All you need to do it to see your doctor asap.

Bridging has many health benefits. It is one of the easiest exercises that you can do either in the morning or in the evening. Just make sure you do it correctly. If you have no clue how to do bridges, check out the video below.