ask stylebook: breathing for stability?

Bethany: I read your blog post on Monday and learned that breathing is an important part of pelvic floor stability. I thought my pelvic floor were muscles, what does breathing have to do with it?

Adrien, Fitness on the Run: Breathing exercises are so integral to treating pelvic floor weakness. First, the pelvic floor muscles start at the bottom of the hips (“the trunk area”) and the diaphragm is the top. This entire area is part of what we call “core muscles” (the back is also part of the “core”). Everything between works together to support the pelvic floor.

Second, most people breathe shallowly which doesn’t allow for your muscles and organs to stay well oxygenated. Deep diaphragmatic breathing during the day will help your pelvic floor gain and sustain stability. When you add in exercise, coughing or sneezing it is common to “bear down” on our organs, for example your bladder. Regular practice of diaphragmatic breathing not only helps keep those sneezes from producing embarrassing moments, it is a great stress reliever throughout the day.

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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 1,500 clients, 25 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now-more-than-ever passionate about helping others view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty workout weeks to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Now, Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down”, a healthy mix of strength and metabolix work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength. Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change, or improvement, is always within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help Alexandrians learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness and listening to clients’ success stories and bragging about her twin 12 year old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!

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Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

703.299.9333

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