Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Diastasis Recti Exercises (Videos)



It's a new year, and, like most of you, I have made some health goals.  One of these goals is to get my stomach back in shape.  

I have three wonderful kids.  I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world--not even a hot body.  I tell my mom that after I die I'm going be a hot angel with a hot bod as a reward for having kids.  

All joking aside, I still would like to be in the best shape I can be in with what I have to work with.  Unfortunately, after having kids I have a stomach condition called Diastasis Recti.  Basically, it is a separation of the stomach muscles.  To learn more about Diastasis Recti and how to test to see if you have it click on this link.

After having my third child, Bud, I have been afraid of abdominal exercises.  I have a 2 1/2 finger separation of my abdominal stomach muscles after all!  After stumbling across Mutusystem.com as well as Inspiredrd.com I learned that doing the typical exercises--crunches, sit-ups, leg-lifts, etc.--was actually a bad idea.  These sorts of exercises could even make it worse!

What kinds of exercises can I do?  On Inspiredrd.com it gives you a chart with different exercises you can do.  Some of these can even be done all throughout the day!

I am a step-by-step learner, so here are some videos from YouTube.com to help any of you who may have Diastasis Recti  (or would like some core workouts).  



I am going to do these every night before bed.

Here are the three things I am going to do to help my stomach:
1.  Exercise my stomach regularly.
2.  Drink a cup of water when I feel like I want to eat.
3.  Avoid "the machine."


Yes, that is a candy machine currently full of Skittles.  Sweets are my Achilles' Heel.  I really should fill that thing with peanuts or something.


Even though I refer to my stomach as my cottage cheese belly, these three were worth it.  I love being a mommy!

Some more exercises to get you that healthy body you deserve:
Popsicle Stick Workout
Dice Workout

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