Butt Kicks Have More Benefits Than You Realized

Have you tried butt kicks? It would be hard to find a type of exercise that makes you feel more like a high school cheerleader. But this isn't a bad thing. According to Tripboba, butt kicks can often be referred to as bum kicks or butt kickers. They are normally done as a warm-up exercise and are popular with runners and athletes of all levels. New York City-based strength and conditioning coach Kristian Flores, C.S.C.S., tells Open Fit that butt kicks can raise the body's core temperature, stretch lower body muscles, and lubricate the joints.

In addition to being a great way to start your training session, Healthline says butt kicks are perfect for runners who are looking to improve their stride, run faster, and protect themselves from injury. Sure, this exercise may be one of the easier moves to perform, but we don't always need to be drenched in sweat to give our bodies some extra benefits.

Remember to check your form to avoid injury

If you're wondering how to do butt kicks, Open Fit suggests starting by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Kick your left foot up towards your left glute, return to having both feet on the ground, and repeat the same movement on the right side. Your arms should be bent at a 90 degree angle by your sides and keep your chest up as you gradually start increasing speed and running in place. Also, make sure to land lightly on the balls of your feet. Healthline warns that if they are not done with proper form, you are at risk for a muscle sprain or joint injury.

Even though they are often done at the beginning of an exercise session, they can also be saved until the end as a transition into your post workout stretch. Healthline notes that butt kicks can give a vigorous stretch for your quads. As a warm-up or cool-down, whether you're a cheerleader or sans pom-poms, it looks as if butt kicks are a great exercise to incorporate into your routine, no matter your level of fitness.