As a Mum I understand that excitement when you finally manage to attend an exercise class ALL BY YOURSELF. Having one hour to yourself, to actual listen to what the instructor is saying…bliss!
As a postnatal qualified instructor I would like to share with you my three top tips for checking whether an abdominal exercise is unsafe when attending a mainstream class.
It’s important for you to observe and understand what your tummy is supposed to look and feel like when you add weight to it in a certain way.
These tips will help you determine if an abdominal exercise is too difficult for you.
Are you in control of your movements during your exercise class?
The fundamentals of Pilates, the principles underlying this unique form of movement, teach and train individuals to develop control while exercising. The fundamentals, also known as the principles, are the main components of all Joseph Pilates’ exercises, including mat-based and standing exercises.
There are typically 8 principles included in Pilates’ exercise method, all of them helping to improve the effect of the exercise. Control is one of these principles and indeed, Joseph H. Pilates’ book, written in 1945, is titled ‘Return to Life Through Contrology’. [Read more…]
Here’s Part 2 of “5 FAQs on abdominal separation”.
Below are 5 more FAQs about abdominal separation, which I’m happy to answer:
WILL THE GAP GET WORSE IF I HAVE MORE CHILDREN?
Everyone has abdominal separation. Diastasis recti happens when there is a gap of 2 fingers or more. Abdominal separation is most common after having a baby. What happens during pregnancy is the six-pack muscle (Rectus abdominis), which runs down from your breastbone to your pubic bone, is joined together by a fibrous sheath called the Linea Alba. This mid-section of the body stretches and expands to allow room for the baby. The muscles don’t actually split; it is more an abdominal “separation”. A bit like a piece of cling film coming apart. [Read more…]
After giving birth to my son in October, I was not surprised to be told by my Midwife to start doing the old pelvic floor squeezing to tighten up my lady bits! I was however shocked by the vagueness of this statement.
As a trained pre/postnatal fitness expert, who enjoys keeping her education on this subject matter up to date, these squeeze and lift exercises in recent years have most definitely changed.
Should we or shouldn’t we plank?
Planks are a phenomenal exercise for core strengthening, but only if done correctly. Holding a plank will engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and in doing so will work more than just your core, by also working the glutes and hamstrings. A plank supports correct posture and improves balance. [Read more…]
Recognising when you are happy and remembering what that feels like makes it easier to recreate.
In this day and age, it is very easy to analyse our unhappiness, faults and flaws in order to find the causes and make improvements. Have you ever thought about analysing your happiness?
As humans, we have the ability to observe our emotions, meaning we can recognise our feelings of glee and contentment. This allows us the power to harness and savour these moments and to take time to be grateful for them. [Read more…]
Keep those tootsies cosy this Autumn.
That special something in the air at this time of year definitely indicates that autumn is upon us. A crisp breeze, crackling logs on the fire and the bristling colourful leaves rustling under foot. The amazing array of colours and picturesque scenes inspire many.
Autumn brings tradition with Harvest Festivals, dressing up ready to trick or treat with Halloween and all to be followed by the thrill and excitement of Guy Fawkes’ Bonfire Night.
The perfect excuse to sneak a hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows and cream!!!), the amazing aromas of scented candles, snuggles under the duvet, the return of fluffy onesies and the joy of hearty comforting food makes autumn a dream.
As with everything in life, there are always draw backs and in Autumn it has to be the start of the return of ice-blocks for feet. [Read more…]
Will you benefit from a Pilates class?
So, you wake up with a sore back, neck ache, stiff shoulders or some other ailment. What is the one thing you should not make an excuse not to do? Well the answer is, avoid going to a Pilates class. So why is that?
Since Pilates is a total body workout, it can prepare and help to repair your body for the challenges of everyday life. Pilates is a specific type of exercise that focuses on both the mind and body to achieve optimum performance.
Keeping it brief, here are some of the major benefits: [Read more…]