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Postpartum Exercise for Real Moms

February 4, 2014

The following is a guest post by contributor Wendy Powell of MuTu System. What’s different about your life as a mom? Well, let’s see: Your body has changed – it’s emerged from pregnancy and childbirth with stretched bits, wobbly bits, weak bits, achy bits Your energy levels regularly dip – Whether your child is a […]

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5 Exercises to Heal Diastasis

November 1, 2013

It’s the first of the month, so Wendy Powell is back with some fitness tips!  Here she is with 5 exercises to heal diastasis. What exercises will really work to fix a Diastasis? As promised I am giving you 5 of my very favorite exercises for healing, reconnecting and restoring your core. As I explained […]

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2 Diastasis Recti Fixes that WON’T work – and What Will!

October 1, 2013

It’s October 1st which means it’s time for Inspired RD contributor Wendy Powell to talk fitness.  Today she’s teaching us more about diastasis.  Take it away, Wendy! First I just want to say Hi and thank-you so much to Alysa for asking me to contribute here, I’m excited to get to know you! 2 Diastasis […]

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Quick Posture Tip for Busy Moms

September 20, 2013

It’s Friday!  Which means two days of NO driving to school and picking up from school and dropping the other kid off at school then picking the other kid up at school then running errands then driving home. Phew!  Are you in the car all week too?  If so, here’s a quick tip to help […]

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Toe Touch Crunches

March 1, 2010

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.  Raise your legs up with feet flexed.  Reach your hands up and touch your toes.  Slowly lower your shoulders back to the floor, keeping your legs raised.  Repeat. Before performing any abdominal exercises, make sure to check your abdominal muscles for separation […]

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Side Plank with Modification

March 1, 2010

Lie on your left side with feet extended, right foot stacked on top of the left.  Bend your left elbow and place it directly beneath your left shoulder.  Engaging abdominal muscles, lift your hips and knees off the mat.  Hold as long as possible, then gently lower.  Switch and repeat on opposite side.  Modified version: […]

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Bicycle Crunches

March 1, 2010

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet on the ground and hands behind your head. Engage your abdominal muscles and slowly lift your feet off the ground until your knees are bent at 90 degrees. Contract your abs as you raise your head and shoulders off the ground. Bring your left elbow toward […]

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Reverse Crunches

March 1, 2010

Lie on your back with knees bent, and extend arms down your sides with fingers pointing toward your toes.  Gently exhale and stabilize your core muscles.  Cross your legs at the ankles and slowly bring your legs back and up “crunching” your abdominal muscles.  Inhale and slowly lower legs to starting position.  Repeat. Before performing […]

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Single Leg Balance with Leg Extension

March 1, 2010

Stand on your right foot with your left food an inch or so off the ground.  With hands on hips and bellybutton tight, extend your leg to the rear, back to the middle, to the left, back to the middle and to the front.  Return to starting position and repeat.  Do 15 repetitions and then […]

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Push-Up with Rotation

March 1, 2010

Perform a push up.  At the top of the push up, rotate your body into a side plank position with one hand on the other ground and the other hand pointed up toward the sky.  Slowly rotate back to push up position and perform another push up.  At the top of the next push up, […]

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