Return to running postpartum is a process and should be paired with a rehab program to meet your long-term goals and wellbeing. We want to establish an early foundation and continue building on that with progressive overloading week-by-week to get stronger, feel confident in functional movements, and test out which variables work for you. Learn what makes up a postpartum return to run checklist!
Slow breathing in and out through the nose forces you to breathe correctly and tolerate a more normal balance between oxygen and CO2 in your body. If you wake up from a night of sleep exhausted with a dry mouth, have been told that you snore, or sleep with your mouth open then you can be confident that this is affecting your ability to utilize oxygen and allow tissues to recover.
Gradually exposing your tissues to this problem will ensure you get more comfortable with it and your tissues actually get stronger as long as you choose the correct dose of tissue load.
BFR can be performed with classic strength training exercises, compound exercises (squats, pushups) simple exercises (leg extensions, bicep curls) or even with steady state exercises (walking, biking, rowing, etc.).