Hey mamas! One of the most common injuries around Christmas is unfortunately back pain due to all the lifting we do. If you think about it, a mother lifts a lot of things.
That’s a lot of lifting. If you have kids you are likely dealing with any range of small to large toys… If you are a newly expecting parent then you potentially are moving your nursing furniture around (aw). However, this excessive increase in lifting, EVEN if you are an avid exerciser can lead to more room for error.
The unfortunate truth of it is injuries come when you are least expecting it – it’s not going to be in the gym when you are PR’ing your deadlift or squat. It’s going to be when your husband or partner needs you to catch the tree box that they are lowering down from the attic and your body is contorted in all weird angels. That is when it usually happens, in the element of you being off-guard.
So how can we best protect ourselves as women around the holidays?
Tip 1: Learn How to Hinge Your Hips
Tip 2: Don’t rely on your “Back” Muscles
Tip 3: Hold Heavy Items close to Your Center of Gravity
Tip 4: Learn to Functionally Squat
My favorite recommendation is encouraging you to have glutes and core training actively in your exercise repertoire.
Stay tuned for next week where we will be going over some easy ways to add glutes and core training to your routine, AND some easy ways to quickly relieve back pain <3
Finding joy in your health & wellness,