One of the goals of My Fit Family is that it will be a place where people can come and share: inspirational stories, their own fitness tips, recipes, and more. My Fit Family was always intended to include all of you–because everyone has a story to share.
Whether you are just starting out or you have been doing this health and fitness thing for a while–you belong here! So, I’m excited that one of our former Mom-spirations has shared this great post with us on core stability for moms. Annie has a fun and down to earth personality and I know you’ll enjoy following along with her at Strong Brees where she talks all things fitness, food, and more!
Core Stability for Moms
Whether you hit up the gym on a regular basis or not, it’s safe to say that being a parent requires you to be in shape- a ‘try to close the trunk, carry a child on one hip, with grocery bags in the opposite hand, while wearing a diaper bag’ type of shape.
Even if you aren’t interested entering in the next big fitness competition and could care less about a six pack, increasing core stability can make tasks like swinging a baby carrier or loading a double stroller into the trunk easier.
Core stability is one of those fitness buzz words that’s often used interchangeably with core strength but it’s different than throwing in some crunches and bicycles at the end of your workout. In fact, core stability exercises often don’t look like you’re even training the abdominals.
It refers to the ability to maintain proper positioning of your spine and pelvis throughout a movement despite what your extremities may be doing. To do this– keep stability in the spine, and the muscles that compromise your core (abdominals, back, hips and pelvic floor) should work together to resist movement.
Adding just a few core stability exercises into your weekly routine can help prevent injuries, reduce back pain, improve posture, increase balance, as well as make many exercises and household chores easier. In other words, it will make picking up an overtired, tantrum throwing toddler up from the floor less strenuous. And let’s face it, our kids aren’t getting any smaller.
It’s no secret that pregnancy can leave your entire core feeling like mush and whether you’re a new mom*, a gym going veteran, or somewhere in between try performing a few of the exercises above (listed in order from beginner to advanced) twice a week to increase your core stability.
*Please get your doctor’s approval before returning to exercise