Smutty Fitness Articles

Fitness tips, exercise and diet advice.

Smutty Fitness: Beyond sit-ups

Hayley Posted by Hayley at December 16, 2016 18:51:23 December 16, 2016 18:51:23

After my second child I realized I had diastasis recti. And then I realized that I'd had it after my first 5 years earlier - but just dismissed as Mom body. I've quit sit-ups as I've heard that they just make it worse, but my regime of toe-taps and wall sits is not giving me results. Any suggestions?  Thanks! --- Diastasis recti is the stretching and separation of the rectus abdominals (the six pack muscle). Full Article

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Smutty Fitness: Treadmill intervals

Hayley Posted by Hayley at December 12, 2016 20:35:49 December 12, 2016 20:35:49

The winter has hit us hard here on Canada’s west coast, which means running outside is out of the question. It’s not that we west coasters can’t handle the cold, but our city can’t seem to clear the snow (all 15cm of it) off the sidewalks before it freezes and turns into a giant skating rink. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Pilates moves

Hayley Posted by Hayley at December 9, 2016 16:19:23 December 9, 2016 16:19:23

If you didn’t know this about me already, I am IN LOVE with my Pilates practice. Although I will never look like a graceful dancer, the movements of Pilates have been so great for all of my sports and it keeps my body pretty pain free. I understand that Pilates is not only expensive but can be intimidating for us “less flexible” types. Full Article

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Smutty Fitness: Holiday Dos and Don’ts

Hayley Posted by Hayley at December 1, 2016 19:21:42 December 1, 2016 19:21:42

It’s that time again. The holiday season. The time when we eat and drink WAY too much. The time where tumbleweeds blow through gyms. And every year, one month following today, we are either in a panic trying to undo all that we did over the last 30 days or we have decided that this is the year we finally get ourselves fit. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Exercise before surgery

Hayley Posted by Hayley at November 9, 2016 19:46:05 November 9, 2016 19:46:05
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I was in the best shape of my life recently, and doing a mix of workouts: hiking, at the gym with a trainer, running, yoga, etc. Unfortunately I tore my ACL about a month ago, and the MRI says I also fractured a couple of bones I have an appointment with a specialist in a month, and will then have to wait to get surgery sometime thereafter. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: CrossFit etc

Hayley Posted by Hayley at November 4, 2016 19:38:04 November 4, 2016 19:38:04
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Hi Hayley! I've been doing CrossFit for about three years and I love it, 3-4 times a week. The reason why I enjoy CrossFit is because the workouts are different every time. I used to run and every time I would run I would experience foot pain or knee pain, which I don't get with CrossFit.  My question is, how do I incorporate some sort of cardio in my life? I notice that CrossFit is starting to make my body look a certain way and make my clothes fit differently (broader shoulders, larger quads). Full Article

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Smutty Fitness: Restarting the running

Hayley Posted by Hayley at October 21, 2016 17:18:12 October 21, 2016 17:18:12
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Hi Hayley, July last year I started running again. When I say ‘again’, I had previously used running intermittently as nothing more than a weight loss tool and didn’t veer off of the treadmill. I started running (outdoors) as a way to burn off some of the excess weight that crept on after I moved to France, and found that I really loved it! So much so that I signed up for my first marathon - a hilly trail course in the Scottish Highlands – which I finished in just under 4:15. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Butt alignment

Hayley Posted by Hayley at October 17, 2016 19:13:12 October 17, 2016 19:13:12

Hi Hayley! It recently came to my attention, after seeing a podiatrist regarding pain in my feet, that my pelvis isn't evenly aligned (i.e. my left side is lower) and that my pelvis is tilted back, causing my butt to stick out more than it should. Who knew!? Anyway, now I'm feeling self-conscious about how I look when I walk and also concerned that I'm doing some major alignment damage to my body. Full Article

Smutty Fitness: Be a stronger hiker

Hayley Posted by Hayley at October 14, 2016 19:34:43 October 14, 2016 19:34:43

Hi Hayley, I just recently moved to Vermont - land of hills, mountains and great hiking everywhere. I've been looking forward to getting more in shape, but without fail, every hike starts okay - usually with an incline with varying degrees of steepness and then 5-8 minutes in, I'm wheezing, can't breathe, and normally need to stop soon after to catch my breath. Full Article

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Smutty Fitness: Explosive training

Hayley Posted by Hayley at October 7, 2016 19:29:38 October 7, 2016 19:29:38

The beauty of explosive training is that you don’t need a gym to do it and I feel like most training scenes from boxing movies usually take place outside, in the cold. Am I right? All you need to do is find a park that has some stairs you can run up and down, a bench you can step and jump onto and a field where you can run sprints. Full Article