102: The Lie We Tell Ourselves (and have been told by others) About What Our Bodies Can Do

102 The Lie We Tell Ourselves (and have been told by others) About What Our Bodies Can Do Brianna Battles Practice Brave Podcast

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How often have you been told, or believed that you “can’t do  ____ because of ___,” when it comes to exercise? For example, “I can’t run because of my knees,” or “I can’t deadlift because it hurts my back.”

We are often quick to take pain or discomfort with exercise and eliminate it completely.

We have created absolutes. While sometimes indicated, oftentimes, there’s an opportunity to adjust mechanics before eliminating the movement altogether.

The thing about athleticism is we have OPTIONS, not limitations.

Yet, we often see an emphasis on the limitations in the medical, practitioner, and fitness communities.

There are many variables we can adjust that provide options to still do the activity, to our own unique capacity. In this episode, I provide examples and shifts to our approach as athletes and coaches to help explore our options when it comes to exercise and unique needs.

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Want to learn more about safe exercise through pregnancy and postpartum? My free workshop for athletes teaches the strategies you need to prioritize your safety + performance while being mindful of your core + pelvic floor system. briannabattles.com/athlete

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The Practice Brave podcast brings you the relatable, trustworthy and transparent health & fitness information you’re looking for when it comes to coaching, being coached and transitioning through the variables of motherhood and womanhood.

You will learn from athletes and experts in the women’s health and coaching/performance realm as they share their knowledge and experience on all things Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism.

Whether you’re a newly pregnant athlete or postpartum athlete, knowing how to adjust your workouts, mental approach and coaching can be confusing.

Each week we’ll be tackling questions around adjusting your workouts and mindset, diastasis recti, pelvic health, mental health, identity, and beyond. Through compelling interviews and solo shows, Brianna speaks directly to where you’re at because she’s been there too!

Tune in every other week and share the show with your athlete friends!

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