Understand Your Body, Elevate Your Health, and Reclaim Your Spark ~ Naturally
Book By: Dr. Brianne Grogan, DPT
Founder of FemFusion Fitness
Certain pieces of these "lady bits" of information have really stuck with me after finishing the book. I love that Brianne acknowledges that not everything in the book is going to connect with every woman all the time. But she encourages you to really own the pieces that do resonate with you. For instance, since reading the book I daily think about these suggestions from Brianne:
- Move everyday
This way of phrasing the importance of movement just lifts pounds of pressure off of me. While I certainly will not (and frankly cannot) "exercise" everyday I can sure move everyday. One day I can do some heavier household chores while appropriately engaging my pelvic floor and core musculature. The next day I can dance to a few of my favorite songs. I can practice yoga, I can get up from the computer and take a walk. I can chase my kitten around the house. I can move everyday.
- The 80/20 Rule
When it comes to my lifestyle: diet/nutrition, stress management, physical fitness, minimizing my exposure to toxins, etc. it is completely unrealistic to think I'm going to get it right 100% of the time. So, I'll be quite content to get it right 80% of the time. Even if I aim for 100% and land at 80% I'll accept that. Can't crockpot my bone broth for 24 hours (to get the most benefit) but I can crockpot it for 16 hours? That's ok. 80/20 Rule! Ate clean all week then indulged in too many potato chips on Saturday afternoon? It's ok. 80/20 Rule!
- Stop Rushing to Pee
Of all the things that we do in a rush, peeing shouldn't be one of them. For goodness sake, I need to give my body some relaxed moments if at no other time, then during urination. Instead of pushing it out as fast as possible so I can get back to my day, I now try to mindfully pee. Gently relax my pelvic floor muscles and allow it some time, concluding with some pelvic rocks (tilt back and forth) to help fully empty the bladder.
Those are a few of the bits I've learned from Brianne that I use and think about everyday. The book is so rich with practical, inspirational, and simple tools to empower you with information that isn't overwhelming and will make you smile. I also love, of course, that she spends plenty of time on the importance of pelvic floor function and health. How this topic continues to get missed in women's health is still baffling to me. No such issue in this book, however. Brianne helps us understand our body and the inner core mechanics and postures that will help us age radiantly! Brianne also provides free online videos to walk you through what she calls the "Inner Core Energizer".
Again, this book isn't specifically for women who are experiencing pain in the pelvic region and we wouldn't (nor would Brianne - as she does discuss) recommend that you take part in "Kegels" or inner core strengthening techniques until you are fully able to relax your pelvic floor. After years of holding my pelvic floor tight and clenched in, my pelvic muscles became hypertonic (too tense) and lost their proper function. Which lead to repercussions like persistently painful sexual intercourse. After rehabilitating the muscles through specialized pelvic floor physical therapy and the concepts in the video guide Healing the Pain 'Down There': A Guide for Females with Persistent Genital & Sexual Pain I can participate, though modified, in the Inner Core Energizer routine. And for my female friends and family members who are exhibiting symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse (when pelvic floor muscles become too loose and pelvic organs begin to drop because their support structure, the pelvic floor muscles, are weakened) I love telling them all about 'Lady Bits' and Dr. Brianne Grogan. Thanks again to Brianne for this comprehensive resource for women!