Before living through the past two years, I certainly took my mental health for granted. I posted quotes about positive thinking on the regular, and I generally lived my life with a glass half full attitude. I don't think there is anything wrong with this type of thinking. But it does miss the mark when it comes to improving outcomes for anyone who has experienced a mental health challenge.
Before I had experienced the postpartum period, I had a lot of ideas about what exercise after birth must be like. I knew that there would be changes to my client's pelvic floors, that some of them would be breastfeeding, that fatigue would likely be an issue, and that exercise could be a really great tool to add stress reduction and strength back into their lives.
If you hit up google or pinterest for a quick workout routine to follow, you'll likely miss out on a few key exercises needed to elicit functional strength and an injury free body. Sure, you'll find squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and crunches that heavily target our anterior chain. But what you're less likely to find are exercises that help to strengthen our lateral hips, glutes, and hamstrings.