My Fitness Routine | Healing my Diastasis Recti | The MuTu System
So, this year I totally jumped on the "New Year, new you!" bandwagon.
I started a new fitness program starting January 2nd.
After I had Helen, I waited over a year to start working out again. This time around, I wanted to jump into it sooner. BUT, it was more frustrating, and I kinda gave up this fall.
You see, I developed a diastasis recti (a separation of the abdominal muscles) during both of my pregnancies.
Last time, I did a little research and learned that you should avoid crunches if you have a DR. So I followed normal, non-diastasis-specific exercise programs and tried to avoid crunches. This time around, I did some deeper digging a realized that there are a LOT more exercises that you should avoid if you have a DR. Planks, push-ups, pull-ups, and twisting are all no bueno. Most fitness programs include those exercises. I know I could just skip or substitute those movements, but I HATE following a program that I can't actually, well, follow!
So I decided to start from the beginning, and really try to heal my diastasis.
I went for the MuTu system, which is a 12-week program designed specifically to help you heal your diastasis recti.
Hopefully I can get rid of my diastasis recti so I can move on to more advanced workout programs. My dream is to be able to do a pull-up, but I can't start training until I'm healed.
Here's what I've been doing:
I'm basically following the MuTu program. For the first few weeks, you simply do a 17-minute ab/stretching workout, plus a daily walk outside. It has been in the teens BELOW zero here in northern Minnesota, so I've been skipping the walk. Now it's a lot warmer, so I'll be starting up again.
I try to do the workout routine every day. That way, I actually do it about 5 days a week. Life gets in the way.
I'm also trying to be more mindful about my posture, and making sure to squat instead of bending over to pick something up.
Here are my starting stats:
Diastasis gap: 2 1/2 - 3 fingers
Waist: 26 3/4 inches
Belly (across my belly button): 28 inches
I'll check in at 4 weeks and we'll see if there's any change!
So there's my current fitness routine! Let me know if you'd like a more detailed post about diastasis recti.