how to exercise for your cycle and pregnancy with claire falconer
The fitness industry is built to serve men. Perhaps that doesn’t surprise you if you’re a regular listener, and today’s guest Claire Falconer wants us to celebrate our biological difference as cyclical women, and to put our cycle front and centre of our exercise routines. Claire says that when you understand and work with your cycle, not only do results come quicker and more easily, but you avoid longer-term health issues that can come up from gymming like a dude.
Claire Falconer is a personal trainer, yoga teacher and health coach with 15 years under her belt in the fitness industry. She’s worked privately with hundreds of clients all over the world, and has developed a passion and specialism in women’s health especially hormonal health, preconception, pregnancy and post natal women.
Claire studied functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine in California under Dr, Mark Hyman, is certified with Precision Nutrition as a nutrition coach, is currently undertaking her degree in Health Sciences Naturopathy and is a certified Menstrual Coach from the Institute of Menstrual Health by Nicole Jardim. Self-described as a bit of a geek who always has her head in the current health & nutrition book Claire loves staying up to date and living a balanced life.
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I personally loved this conversation and learnt so much myself about:
pelvic floor health,
working with our bodies in each menstrual cycle phase,
pregnancy, post-partum, and menopause.
I feel inspired to get back into a regular exercise routine! How about you? DM me on IG and share this episode on your stories, letting me know what you took.
Thank you so much Claire for chatting with us!
connect with Claire:
Connect with Claire at www.coachedbyclaire.com
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In today’s new episode of Wild Flow Podcast I’m chatting with Asina Mona Kupke all about reconnecting to your cyclical nature to tap into your soul’s purpose.
You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?
Today’s guest on Wild Flow is here to expand the horizons on who gets to participate in menstrual cycle awareness, and to specifically include people who identify as neurodivergent, queer and those who aren’t tapping into their body’s rhythm for fertility purposes.