Friday Fitness with Farel: The Biomechanics of Motherhood

What the heck am I talking about? Quite simply; this is about how you physically move through your world as a mom. Over the years I have drafted a more clinical look at "mommy movement patterns"...let me know if this rings true for you:

"Motherhood happens asymmetrically, with ever increasing, dispersed, non-compliant load (aka. BABY/CHILD)"

Sound about right?

Your role as a mom is very physical and that lovely child, whom you care for non-stop, just gets bigger every day. Everything about motherhood can potentially pull you out of good posture or alignment, causing you muscle fatigue and/or pain. All of our FIT4MOM instructors are specially trained to develop class formats which address this challenge you face all day, however, with some insight and intention into your world, you can help reverse this forward pull too! Here are some TIPS:

  • Place your shoulder blades into your back pockets - This is a general reminder to draw your shoulders back and down (like you are placing them into the back pockets of your jeans) throughout your day.
  • Keep a low level "fire" in your belly - Think of a low flame in a fire or a low light, and then imagine a slight contraction in your core as you move through the day. This is an anticipatory contraction which supports your spine before your body is asked to react to motherhood.
  • BREATHE - Most of us move through out day holding our breath or taking very shallow breaths. We diminish our power in each moment when our breath is limited. Whenever you think of it, remind yourself to stop, breathe deeply and then move.

Recognize the physical challenges of motherhood and then decide to move differently through them. Being intentional will make a HUGE difference in how you feel! #LIKEAMOM

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