Buttocks 50 terminology nuances Some terms are neutral and suitable for speaking of the buttocks, for example, behind or behind; others are part of the childish vocabulary (foufounes) or familiar (popotin); however, most words describing the hindquarters can not be written in this article. Whatever the name given to it, the posterior is formed of three gluteus muscles: the gluteus medius runs along the outer edge of the hip; the gluteus minimus is the smallest; the gluteus maximus is the most important because it is the largest muscle of the human body and the one that gives its curve to the back. The gluteal muscle, more than a beautiful pair of buttocks When you move your leg backwards, your gluteal muscle is at work. It also activates when you lift your thigh or turn your toes out. These movements allow you to get up, walk, climb a staircase, bend or stand up straight. When the gluteal is weakened by lack of exercise or bad posture, other parts of the body must take over, says the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Over time, this can cause a muscle imbalance that will place undue stress on the torso or spine or even injury. Researchers have shown that some movements strengthen the buttocks (and give you a beautiful look, back): these are the flexions, lunges, climbs, extensions of the hip on the floor and the multidirectional extensions of the hip. Pear silhouette, sign of longevity In fact, people who accumulate fat around the waist and on the buttocks (rather than on the hips) are more likely to die, even if they are not overweight, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. By following more than 15,000 men and women with various body mass index (BMI) scores for more than 14 years, researchers have found that normal-weight people with an apple-shaped silhouette are more likely to die from heart disease. or any other cause than overweight or obese adults in whom fat accumulates around the hips or thighs. Research on the links between the silhouette and the health continues, but already tells us that a high waist circumference (89 cm or more in women, 102 or more, in men) is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is a set of health problems that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, among others. Limit consumption of laxatives This happens to us: after a few days of constipation, we feel bloated, we have cramps and we want it to stop. Swallowing a pill may not be the answer: walking, drinking water, adding fiber to one’s diet (fresh fruits and vegetables, oats, for example) can often solve the problem. If your first solution goes through a laxative and you take too long, you may be addictive, and your gut may lose its ability to function without help. Do not take laxatives for more than seven days. Also note that fiber supplements are mild, while stimulant laxatives (Dulcolax, Senokot) work by triggering intestinal contractions to force the expulsion of stool. Before taking a laxative, try to find out with the doctor what causes your constipation and the best ways to fix it.