Exercise was once something I dreaded.  However, I’ve been walking since 2012.  I love to walk my neighborhood listening to worship music, enjoying creation, and burning calories.  Walking is the best, most effective exercise for all around fitness, but sometimes you need to change your routine.

I really needed to target and tone some of these 40-year-old muscles.  Over the past month, I’ve been using a new exercise routine that combines pilates and yoga.  Now, I’m not into all the New Age yoga.  I know who has blessed me and who I worship.  However, the actual moves in yoga and pilates are so graceful, reminding me so much of my dancing days.  They also require multitudes of strength and balance.

You may recall me mentioning that I have been diagnosed with diastasis recti, which is a separation of the abdominal muscles and the linea alba tissue between my abdominal muscles actually has a hole in it.  This probably happened when I was pregnant with my twins.  Crunches, jackknives, and planks are exercises I have done many times in the past in an attempt get rid of this baby pooch.  At the time I had no idea that I was actually causing more damage to my abdominal injury.  So I have to be very careful what types of exercises I perform.  I contacted an awesome coach several months ago, and she has provided me with therapy exercises to try to heal my abdominal muscles.  If you’d like more information about her or diastasis recti, you can visit her website http://www.carriefit.com/flat-belly/

Carrie happens to be a Beach Body coach.  I received information from her about some new exercise routines and I started doing PiYo by Chalene Johnson.  There are some PiYo exercises that are not indicated for those with diastasis recti, but Carrie has posted tons of videos with modifications to these exercises so that you can continue with the program.

PiYo is great because there are instructors performing different levels of ability recorded on the video.  Some of the workouts are intense and wear me out, but they are all excellent.  At the time I may be complaining, but when the workout is over I feel accomplished and healthy.  PiYo also has a healthy eating plan based upon whole foods and lots of resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle inside and out.  I will add the only negative I can say about the program is the limited modesty of the clothing, but I do understand exercise videos try to showcase potential results for people,

Here’s a link to the official trailer for the PiYo program:  PiYo trailer.  Check it out!  If you’d like to order, here’s a convenient link with free shipping: PiYo
I’m still on the initial 8 week program, but I cannot wait to measure myself to see the results.  I cannot wait to see  how much strength and flexibility my body has regained!  If you’re looking for a new workout routine, PiYo is excellent for strength, cardio, sculpting, balance, and overall health.

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