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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Abdominal Seperation-How to help with diastasis recti post partum

Right now I'm sitting here sucking in my abs:)  I'm trying to figure out a good exercise to help the seperation of my abdominal muscles that's come after having my five kids.  While I've found some great exercises to help my back, my ab muscles are still needing some help.

Excercising, for me, has never been about how well I look, but how about how well I feel.  Diastasis Recti(the separation of the stomach muscles), can have a few health problems because it decreases the ability of your abdominal muscles to hold your other organs in.  This can lead to back problems(that's me), pelvic instability, and hernias.  Now, my new exercise endeavor is to strengthen my upper back(which I'm still having some problems with), and increase the strength of my transverse abdominal muscles(the one that helps stabilize and bring together my other ab muscles).  That means no more crunches lifting the head off the floor and more exercises that strengthen my "girdle".  Here's some great videos I found and links that talk more about diastasis recti and how to help bring those muscles back together.  Another easy exercise to do while sitting...just suck in those abs.  You'll feel it, trust me.

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