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This was my first week trying to fit in workouts while also adding back in my Tummy Team exercises and attempting to get up early to do it. It was a mixed success. I did manage to workouts almost daily, but I didn’t always manage to get up early. A teething baby resulted in a few fussy nights. But I’m trying to stay on track.
This is a fun workout. Simple, easy and best of all, short. I totally forgot she suggests doing this was weights. I’ll have to try that again some time. You don’t have to be very coordinated to this workout, since it’s mostly marching and walking in place.
I forgot how full body this workout is. But I like that it incorporates weights and the balance portion is a great test to my core as I’m regaining strength. I look forward to coming back to this one when I’m a bit stronger and upping the weight.
21 Tone Up
This is only the second time I’ve done this workout. Definitely full body, a nice cardio challenge. If you are still repairing your abdominal separation like I am, make sure you really focus on core engagement with this workout.
Pilates in Pajamas II
It’s been a while since I’ve done this workout, but I really enjoyed it. I liked the slight element of adding weight to it. But over all it is not a super high intensity workout. Plus, it’s Pilates which I enjoy but don’t do much anymore.
Pilates in Pajamas
This workout was harder than I remembered. I’ve done it many times, in various levels of fitness, including while pregnant. But this time I tried to really concentrate and focus on engaging my core, and modifying movements as needed. I was surprised by how hard the side leg series was. I stopped and took breaks if I needed to, but I kept going. Many years ago, before Fit2B, Pilates was my primary form of exercise. I was pretty fit back then, hopefully I will be again.
It’s been a while since I’ve done this workout, but there is a lot to like here. I decided not to do downward dog, since I still have a decent size diastasis. This would definitely be a good cool down after a walk or run.
It may seem silly to keep going over these simple core workouts, but I think it’s actually incredibly useful. Because it can be difficult to remember to engage the core once we start harder workouts. Routines like this help me to preserve my core awareness.
After being so bummed out last week when I discovered that my DR was still so large and deep, despite so much of my hard work for the last few months, I decided to do something about it. At first I felt paralyzed, like I couldn’t do anything. Then I decided to take action. I am not limiting myself to the Foundation Five. That is definitely an OK step, but not where I wanted to do right now. Instead I started setting alarms on my phone to remind me to do the exercises and stretches I had learned from The Tummy Team. I tried to do Core Wake Up (the shortest core routine on Fit2B) almost everyday. I still did the workouts I had planned, but I was very intentional. I focused on making sure I was really engaging my core and modified when necessary.
Don’t let a set back keep you from exercise. Find a way to make it work while still taking care of your body. Part of me wanted to just give up and eat cookies. (not that there is anything wrong with eating cookies sometimes). But I knew that I needed to keep moving. I’m hoping that by adding back in the exercises from The Tummy Team, I’ll be able to improve my core engagement and awareness, hopefully healing my core in the process.
If you need a little more help; rehab rather than just fitness, check out The Tummy Team.