Mom­bod: Strong, sexy back

Moms do heavy lift­ing and lean­ing ev­ery day. Here’s how to keep your pos­ture on point to pre­vent im­bal­ances and pain.

Shape (Malaysia) - - Contents - By MARY AN­DER­SON

HAV­ING KIDS MEANS lots of repet­i­tive moves (tot­ing, lift­ing, push­ing) that can tweak your align­ment. But shoring up your pos­tural mus­cles—the ones that get the most taxed do­ing all of the above—is ac­tu­ally pretty sim­ple. You’ll want to do moves and stretches that coun­ter­act the im­bal­ances you’ve cre­ated. Alycea Un­garo, owner of Real Pi­lates stu­dios in New York City, sug­gests us­ing a 2-to-1 ra­tio: “If you’re weak on your left side— maybe it’s the arm or hip you don’t use to carry your kid—do a side plank on your left arm, one on your right, and then left again to even things out.” (The same ra­tio goes for stretch­ing, only the ex­tra TLC is for your tight, over­taxed side.)

And when you’ve got 10 min­utes, do the drills at right from Shan­non Crump­ton, a post­na­tal fit­ness spe­cial­ist in Mont­gomery, Alabama. She uses th­ese pos­ture- strength­en­ers with her mom clients be­cause, she says, “the best de­fense is a good of­fense.”

CHIN UP!

As you push, re­sist lean­ing your head for­ward—keep that neck in neu­tral.

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