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Increasing the Strength of Your Pelvic Floor

Increasing the Strength of Your Pelvic Floor

I would harbor a guess that almost everyone has heard of ‘doing a kegal’. I would harbor another guess that most of you are doing it incorrectly, if at all. Dr. Arnold Kegal was one of the first to address the importance of strengthening of pelvic floor muscles, particularly in postpartum women. Kegal exercises quickly became popular in people with incontinence issues, and physicians and media began to tell ladies of all ages that strengthening the pelvic floor was important.

The Number One Myth When It Comes To Abdominal Training

The Number One Myth When It Comes To Abdominal Training

Abdominal (or core) training has been on the rise for at least a decade. We do exercises to make our core strong, make our abs look good and to make activities of daily living easier. In fact, regardless of your fitness goal, it’s undeniable that to be successful, some element of core training must be incorporated.

But what exactly is core training??

Eyes *Always* Open

Eyes *Always* Open

You've just got to your fitilates (Pilates) class and laid your mat on the floor, the class hasn't quite started yet so you stretch out on you mat and close your eyes to focus on your breathing. Deep breaths in through your nose, expanding the rib cage like a balloon and exhaling through pursed lips feeling the connection of the deep abdominals as you fully exhale.

The above scenario is a great example of how to warm yourself up mentally for the class ahead. You can choose to lie down, sit cross-legged or even stand up but bringing awareness to your breath is perfect. Often we need to shut out some of the world around us and closing our eyes is a great way to do that. But once class officially begins, in the world of Pilates, it's eyes open. Always.