The first thing my pelvic floor physical therapist (Success Physical Therapy, LLC) taught me when I went in with a bad case of diastasis recti (abdominal separation from my pregnancy) was how to use my breath and core interconnected. Next up on her list–teaching me to change the way I move throughout the day. Honestly, changing habits that I built over the course of a lifetime felt…well…kind of impossible. One of the little nuggets of information I retained from our work together as patient and physical therapist (I still bug her often for work and consider her a dear friend) is this: Whenever possible, widen your base of support. Work with gravity. Not against it!
For example…instead of bending at the waist to pick up toys, can you widen your base by adding a leg for support? Can you use a hand on your knee to get up off the floor instead of rounding your back to stand? Roll to get out of bed and use your arm for support instead of jackknifing the body.
I’ll be showing you more activities of daily living in the coming weeks. I know it isn’t as sexy and fun as workout videos–you’ll get those, too–but what you do for the other 23 hours you are not in the gym has a tremendous impact. So bear the bore, people. It will save you some aches in the long run!!
Is my daily movement perfect now? Ummmm….not even close. Has it improved vastly? Heck, yes. Don’t aim for perfect–just better. Being aware is the first step.
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