Bring the jungle gym right to your front door! #VancouverTumblebus #YMCCommunity

When planning a party for the kiddos, a few thoughts come to mind…

Do I have the space to accommodate the the kids, what can we do to keep them entertained, and what’s not going to break the bank?

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Young kids, generally have a lot of energy to burn, so having physical activities is a great way for them to burn off their excess enthusiasm and the sugar coursing through their bodies from the candies and cake that they’ve just consumed.

In the Summer months, you can take advantage of the great weather, and hit up one of the local parks where the weelets can run around like maniacs, climb, slide and swing their little hearts out, and frolic about in the spray park.

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When the weather is less that co-operative, or you’d like to have the party at your home, but don’t have the space or the equipment, there is a solution!

The Vancouver Tumblebus! Perfect for kids ages 2-9yo.

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A TUMBLEBUS® is a gym on wheels filled with fun equipment—bars, beam, vault, mountain, trampoline, rings, zipline, monkey bars and much more—thereby bringing the best possible physical education class to children at daycares, elementary schools, private schools, special events, birthday parties and everywhere else!

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To book a party with Vancouver Tumblebus, you can reach Trish Mandewo at 604-726-0856, info@vancouvertumblebus.com or on their Facebook Page.

Mention Raincity Parent when you’re booking a Silver Party, and you’ll receive $10 OFF and a t-shirt for the Birthday kiddo!

It just comes with the territory of having babies… Not true! #PelvicFloorWeakness #YMCCommunity

If you’ve ever given birth, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

My Mum has it, my sister has it, my girlfriends have, it’s just a part of life now after having babies. Right? Nope!

Giving birth after effect

After being pregnant, having a baby or being overweight or obese, many women experience “leakage”. This can happen during exercise, sneezing, coughing and even laughing too hard. You may also find that you need to pee more frequently and urgently, and on occasion, not get to the potty in time! How about farting by accident in the middle of yoga class or when you’re in the vicinity of some uber gorgeous man? Have you starting having issues going #2? What about having sex with your partner? Has it become uncomfortable or even painful?

Did you just fart?

Did you hear that?

If you said “Yes!” to any or all of the above, then you probably have a pelvic floor problem.

What is a pelvic floor problem? It’s when your pelvic floor (the group of muscles that hold your bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum in place) become stretched, weakened or even too tight and don’t function properly.  The most common types of dysfunction are stress incontinence (leaking with exertion) and pelvic organ prolapse (when the internal organs protrude into and eventually out of the vagina). Stats will tell you around 33% of women have pelvic floor challenges but because it is a taboo subject it is often not reported so the real number is likely much higher.  

Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, your first line of defence should be seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist – you do not need a referral and it is covered by extended health if you have physiotherapy benefits.  A gynaecologist may also be helpful if surgery is required and if so, a pelvic floor physiotherapist should remain part of your pre-hab and re-hab care before and after surgery.  

Recently I decided that after years of suffering from “leakage” after having my babies, I wanted to get this issue under control. I hated buying extra pads because of my new desire for exercise. Every time I did high impact moves like running and jumping, my bladder became my worst enemy.  After having my first child, whenever I’d attend a fitness class, I would suffer from “leakage”.

Pee during exerciseTotally embarrassing!

Even though I’d pee before class started, as soon as a high impact exercise began, I’d be wetting myself like a dog kept indoors all day, excited to see his owner come home from work.

I thought that this was the new me and the only way to deal with it was to wear a pad during exercise.

I decided that this really sucked and made an appointment with Kim Vopni at Pelvienne Wellness.

Pelvienne Wellness

Kim is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Consultant, a Certified Fitness For Fertility Specialist, a Certified Pfilates Instructor and is trained in the Hypopresive Method. She is also a Trained Post Partum Doula which has many clients referring to her as The Fitness Doula.  

She asked me questions regarding my pregnancies and deliveries and had me do a series of movements to see how my body was moving.

When our session was done, Kim recommended that I make an appointment with a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.  She recommends all of her clients do so and she advises that you should schedule a pelvic floor assessment with your physio every year as a proactive approach. There is a list of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists across Canada available on the Pelvienne Wellness website.

If you do have pelvic floor issues and you are into fitness, here is a list of exercises that you can do and also ones that you should avoid:

Pelvic floor safe cardio exercises

  • walking
  • swimming
  • seated cycling
  • cross trainer (low resistance)
  • low intensity water aerobics
  • walking in the water, and
  • low impact exercise classes.

Cardio exercises to avoid

  • running
  • jumping
  • star jumps
  • skipping
  • boxing
  • high impact exercise classes that involve running and jumping, and
  • sports involving stop-start running and rapid direction change (e.g. tennis, netball, basketball, hockey, touch football).

I have also stumbled across an App for pelvic floor-friendly exercises that you may find helpful.

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For Apple users.

For Android users.

I think that the authors of the pregnancy books, that we all pick up when we find out that we’re expecting, should really include information regarding your pelvic floor, for during pregnancy and after delivery. The information should be provided towards the beginning of the book so that you can start the exercises early to help prevent injury, strain and tearing of your lady parts once your baby decides to make it’s way into the world. Women don’t tend to know about ways of prevention until AFTER they give birth, and by then it could be more difficult to correct. Kim Vopni also offers workshops in person and via skype called Prepare To Push, where she covers the preventative information. This will also be coming out as a book in early Fall.

For more information about pelvic floor health, please visit the Pelvienne Wellness website.

 

Lighting that “#InnerFire” #YMCCommunity

For the past 30 days, I’ve been challenging myself to workout daily.

I’ve been doing 2 challenges, one was a 24 Day Challenge, the other was a 30 Day Challenge and I’ve been doing the 7 Minute Workout, sometimes twice, daily.

Ab Challenge Guns Buns & Abs

I got myself a “check-in buddy” to keep me on track and we have been checking-in via Facebook everyday. She’s in the UK, so there is a slight  significant time difference, but we’ve been keeping each other motivated.

I must say that my legs have never felt or looked this great!

Our daughter’s swim lessons began a few weeks ago and I was dreading wearing a swimsuit. I’ve always been self-conscious about my thighs, even in high school when we had swim days for PE, I would wear shorts. Now, two kids down, and a pile of workout days behind me, I’m not so shy anymore. I even made sure to go for a wax and eliminate the “warm woolies” before displaying my half naked glory.

If you’re planning on starting a fitness challenge or just a daily workout routine, make sure you wear comfortable clothing that moves with your body, but isn’t restricting. I usually wear my yoga gear, as it’s breathable, moveable and, let’s face it, it’s my regular form of attire. I like to call it “The Mommy Uniform”.

Inner Fire is a small Vancouver-based company that creates yoga apparel and lifestyle products for the urban yogi. But the clothing is not limited to just yoga. I love the inspirational words printed on the tops! Puts a little smile on my face when I read them.

I AM ENOUGH!

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It’s my 20 year high school reunion this year, so I fully intend on looking better than I did back in my high school days.

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 8

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

Blargh! Where did the last week go?

Between field trips, Halloween, Daddy Travel, a seriously ill family member and complete energy drainage from caring for 2 littles all day, I never made it in to the gym:(

Not once.

I hate myself. I feel like I’m letting people down, including myself.

My mind has been racing. I’ve been juggling too many thoughts and I’m exhausted.

Now the Little Dude and I both have colds.

I still want to go to 30 Minute Hit. It’s a great workout, it’s nearby and it’s a comfortable environment.

This is my own failure, and I have to smarten up and make a better commitment otherwise I won’t see the results that I want.

Here’s hoping for a better week. I want to succeed!

Strong. Healthy. Beautiful.

Strong. Healthy. Beautiful.

Still thinking about it? Sign up for a FREE trial session and see for yourself:)

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 7

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

This week was a pretty good week!

Even though it was a short week, my Birthday AND my Anniversary, I managed to get in twice. Both times, I was last to go through the circuit, which made me a pretty good target for getting my butt pushed by the trainer to work my hardest.

Some days just get away from me, where the kids aren’t co-operating, they won’t eat their dinner in a timely manner, which runs into bath time, which runs into bedtime, which runs into Mommy’s exercise time. Those days do suck, but if I can’t make it into the gym, I tend to get a run in.

Trying to stay committed to a schedule is a great way to keep my sanity. The kids will hopefully get used to this and as long as we’re having dinner earlier than later, I should be able to make it in for a workout.

Hubby will be traveling a lot over the next little while, so I think I need to try getting Little Dude to hang out in the “kiddie corral” again. This may mean, “hopping” into the Port Moody location, as the kiddie area’s proximity is a bit closer to the actual workout area so maybe he won’t feel like I’m abandoning him;) Did I mention that you can “hop” between the different locations?

Strong man.

Strong man.

Bosu balancing.

Bosu balancing.

Taking a break.

Taking a break.

 

 

 

 

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 2

30 Minute Hit

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

So here I am, just completed week 2 .

This week was a bad week for me:( Hubby was away for work and I was solo Mom for the beginning of the week. So, I didn’t make it in for a workout until Tuesday night. It was a great workout and I seriously got my sweat on! Bob was no match for me.

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Bob

Then, two nights in a row of evening meetings, took away my workout nights. LAME!!

Come Friday night, my girlfriend and I head out of town for my very 1st EVER, weekend away from the kiddos! This was a much needed break for me as I have never ever had a night away from the kids since my daughter was born 4 years ago!

Needless to say, poor commitment by me this past week. But sometimes life throws a wrench in your best laid plans. I promise myself to do a better job this week and kick Bob’s butt more than once;)

Don’t forget, 30 Minute Hit is raising funds to Kick the *&%! Out Of Cancer, so please follow the link and make a donation in support of the BC Cancer Foundation.

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

Kick the *&%! Out of Cancer

30 Minutes, just for me. {Series} Week 1

30 Minute Hit

30 Minute Hit New Westminster

So I’ve made it through my first week at 30 Minute Hit  and I’m still enjoying it!

I made it in 4 times over the past week and I’m feeling phenomenal! The first session that I went to was tough. Starting out with a new fitness routine, your body starts using muscles that you obviously haven’t been paying too much attention too before.

My arms, calves, and hamstrings were screaming the most, but settled into it after my second session. The more I went, the easier it became. I also had the privilege of meeting more of the trainers, who were just as fantastic and supportive as Stacey has been. My sister has even signed up for the FREE Trial Session.

Week 1 (front)

Week 1 (front)

Week 1 (side)

Week 1 (side)

 

Here’s me being brave and sharing my 1st images for my journey.

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

Kick the *&%! out of Cancer

Throughout the month of October, members are invited to participate, as 30 Minute Hit Kicks the *&%! Out of Cancer , honoring or remembering their mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother, friend etc. With every jab, cross, front kick and uppercut, their members will help to uncover the cure for women’s cancer through the number of times they complete the 30 Minute Hit Circuit in the month of October.

I will be sporting pink throughout the month honoring my own friends and family who have suffered this terrible disease.