Did you know that how you stand affects the tone of your pelvic floor?
If you want to get your body EXACTLY where it needs to be to tone and flatten your tummy, perk-ify (I love that word so much I made it up…) your butt and strengthen your pelvic floor at the same time as reducing lower back, knee and hip pain… you need to start with the essentials.
But here’s a little taster for you: How to stand. Keep following my updates (up there in the pink cloud… put in your email address so you don’t miss out!) for how this is relevant to your pelvic floor… but for now. Just believe me when I say it does 😉
This is your postural alignment homework which will directly benefit your pelvic floor…
That means, when you’re standing, your weight should be through your heels, not the balls of your feet. You should be able to lift your toes and your butt should curve out. I’ve said it before: don’t tuck your tailbone! That doesn’t mean you let your tummy hang out though! Draw belly button through to spine, but do it without moving your pelvis.
Keep checking yourself as you’re standing – weight on the front of your feet? Rock back!
PS : you won’t be able to do this if you’re wearing shoes with any heel at all… so take your shoes off!
When you’ve got that, try finding your abdominal muscles.
‘Belly button to spine’ is a lot harder without butt tucking isn’t it? But that’s what you’re aiming for. Try it. Stand side on to the mirror… weight through your heels, tension out of your knees, butt curved, like butts are supposed to be. That demonstrates core engagement, but you don’t need to switch it on the whole time.
That’s it – go practice and tell me how you get on!