Deep Breathing System: Breathing your Way to a Stronger Core

 Deep Breathing System: Breathing your Way to a Stronger Core
Strong abs are created through a deep inner core which functions as a unit.  Breathing is an auto response to help keep us alive but breathing correctly can also help:
-Strengthen Deep Inner Core
-Strengthen/Improve Pelvic Floor Function
-Strengthen and Heal Rectus Diastasis
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Cleared for Exercise

Cleared for Exercise
These were the three words I could not wait to hear after having my first child. I sat in the office in a body I did not associate myself with: empty squishy tummy, the kankles that never left, still in maternity clothes, bags under my eyes, and exhausted. All I wanted to do was return to exercise. I could not wait to work off the 70 pounds of weight my body loved putting on during pregnancy. I was cleared for exercise.
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The Pause Button

The Pause Button

Life didn’t come with a pause or a stop button, so neither should your commitment to your fitness and nutrition.  Yes, that is correct. This is the cold hard truth: pausing is quitting. You develop the habit of quitting every time “life” happens to pause your fitness and nutrition, stopping your workouts, or ignoring your nutrition. However, by hitting pause you are sabotaging yourself in achieving your goals.

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The Great Divide: Diastasis Recti

The Great Divide: Diastasis Recti

The mommy pooch, mummy tummy, or muffin top, why does this happen? 

You are eating right, you are doing crunches like they are going out of style, you feel stronger but that dreaded pooch your sweet angel baby gave your remains and they are way beyond diapers. 

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April: C-Section Awareness Month

April: C-Section Awareness Month
Before they happened, to be honest, I had no idea what was involved in getting a C-section. I have gone through two C-sections (the first was unplanned and the second was the only medical option). After my first, I felt defeated. I felt that I didn’t pace the halls long enough, bounce on the birthing ball just right, breathe in a perfect cadence, and meticulously listen to all the instructions of the nurses to “naturally” have my first son. I was determined to “VBAC” the second time. 
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Scars & Stretch Marks

Scars & Stretch Marks
I look in the mirror and I feel I failed you. I look back at the pictures of victory in the athletic arena. I scrutinize over my many choices that could have been better since that time. Maybe I could have abstained from that decadent dish while dining out, or pushed myself a little harder in a prenatal workout, or chosen to workout rather than sleep in my delirious state of being a new parent to get back to you. 
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