3 thoughts to get you over the hills with a smile.
January 12, 2018
Last week I joined a new playgroup and to get there I was looking forward to walking the buggy through a local estate situated within woodland. Little did I know I’d have to push my not very light darling up a really steep hill and come down the other side too.
Both of these are truly challenging when pushing a buggy. There are many times I’ve got to the top of a hill red faced, with achey fingers and a back ache.
I had a think about what I could do to make it easier on myself and had the following thoughts.
Remember it’s your whole body getting you up the hill and not just your arms. As soon as I had that thought, my whole back was in use and I was aware of the strength of my legs. Pushing became much easier.
Think up! It sounds obvious as you are walking up a hill, but it’s really easy to bend over the buggy and look down. Think of your body being in line with the gradient of the hill. It won’t actually be in line but the thought will help your body move in the right direction. You should feel lighter for this.
Walking down the hill, you feel you have to grip the handles really tightly for fear the buggy will roll away but you don’t have to. As soon as I let my grip go slightly I felt less strain on my arms and the strong back muscles were able to come into play.
Of course all these thoughts didn’t help me get to my destination less sweaty, I need to to get more fit, but my back didn’t hurt and I didn’t notice any achiness later in the day as I would usually.
These kinds of ideas help us find an ease of movement we might not otherwise find and are taken further in Alexander Technique lessons. If you’d like to book a one-to-one session, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07785 391 016.