This is a workout I did religiously when I was pregnant with my second son. It’s enough intensity to work up a sweat, but not so hard that it gave me Braxton Hicks contractions (which I had ALL THE TIME). Plus, as much as I love running, I did not love running while pregnant. The bouncing and pressure on my hips and pelvic floor felt awful!
The great news is, walking at an incline can be just as effective as running. You’ll torch some serious calories, work up a sweat, get your cardio in and save your joints (and your pelvic floor) at the same time.
Not pregnant? This is a perfect cardio workout for the postpartum period too, especially if you have diastasis recti or pelvic floor issues or prolapse. Keep your abdominal canister pressurized, and if you feel any discomfort, modify the intensity by decreasing the incline, or decreasing the speed.
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Looking for support to stay active during your pregnancy or start your postpartum recovery? Here are some options to get you started on a great path forward:
1) Take the Pelvic Floor & Core Strength Quiz. After taking the quiz, you'll get a score and based on your results, guidance on what steps to take to move you forward in your recovery.
3) If you're pregnant, want to be way more active than you have been, AND want connection with other mothers, but don't know where to start…join the Expecting to Flourish™ Membership - a mom-driven and expert-guided virtual space empowering moms with a new approach to prenatal fitness and birth prep that actually prepares you for the physical and emotional hurdles of motherhood.
If you’re postpartum and ready to get moving, need to heal your body but you don’t know where to start…join us for Postpartum Repair & Restore LIVE, a science-backed and fun-stacked, Diastasis and Pelvic Floor Strength program. Start healing your diastasis and eliminating leaking in 8 weeks or less with our guidance.
4) Do you prefer working one-on-one, or have a high risk pregnancy, a severe diastasis or leaking that won’t quit? You might be a candidate to work with us privately. To find out, take this quick self assessment! If you qualify, you'll be invited to schedule a complementary Postpartum Strategy Session with us where we'll take a good look at what's not working in your repair process, and come up with a great plan just for you.