“Because I had worked in pre and post-natal fitness before, I was aware of diastasis, but it’s not the same until you go through it yourself,” Haley, 37, tells PEOPLE. “Right away when I found it, I backed off from doing any severe core conditioning. For some of us, it is hard to accept because you are fit, you feel fit, but there is danger in doing [core exercises] and lifting large amounts of weight during pregnancy.”
When it comes to awesome effective workouts, one of our go-to gals who always BRINGS IT is Sara Haley. We know that we can always count on Sara to give us a sweat session that delivers results, makes us feel awesome and strong — and doesn’t take up our entire day. Which is exactly why we’re pumped to share her Belly Blaster Workout with you today. This 20-minute no-equipment-needed workout alternates strength and cardio moves to get you moving, sweating and feeling the burn. You may not be able to spot train — but you can make your entire core stronger, which is exactly what this Belly Blaster Workout is about. Oh, and, there are no crunches involved. (Can we get a hallelujah for that?!) Now, grab a towel, some water and let’s do this! —Jenn
“What matters is that you are challenging your body in a new way — going breathless at times, walking longer than you thought you could, walking farther than you thought you could,” said Sara Haley, a certified trainer and cohost of Mom Talk on People.com. “This is when you will see changes and results and feel the most successful.”
I was so excited when this workout dvd arrived at my door. Sara’s pregnancy workout dvd set was one of my favorites with all three of my pregnancies, so I knew this one would be good too. And as a busy momma in the midst of the postpartum period I need workouts that I can do at home, that will fit into a naptime or a time short enough that Andrew will play happily by himself. This DVD meets those requirements.
You’re not only not alone, you’re also likely better off skipping the crunches anyway because, well, they’re not only potentially useless (okay, fine, that’s maybe an exaggeration but we’re just oh so over them – and the fact is that there are definitely far more efficient ways to strengthen your core) but they’re also potentially causing more harm than they’re even worth.
Fitness Expert and Reebok Master Trainer, Sara Haley (the woman behind the free 28-day #SayNoToCrunches challenge) lays it out for us!
Sara Haley is a pre and postnatal fitness specialist and creator of the award winning prenatal program, Expecting MORE and postnatal program, Expecting More®:The 4th Trimester Workout. Here she shares 5 Simple Prenatal Cardio & Strength Moves You Can Do at Home in Less Than 20 minutes PLUS offers a chance to win her signature pre- and postnatal workout DVD collections!
This workout is perfect for any new mom, regardless of her fitness level pre-pregnacny. As someone who works out consistently, I found them to be a satisfying workout and enjoyed working the parts of my body I felt were most affected by my pregnancy. It felt like working out with a group of my new mom friends in the best way possible.
We used to view pregnancy as a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy an extra serving of dessert (Hey, we’re eating for two!), but now we know regular exercise and a healthy diet are extremely important in those nine months. In fact, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends moderate workouts for at least 30 minutes a day to keep your body healthy during pregnancy—and make labor recovery easier too. We reached out to celebrity fitness trainers (and moms) Andrea Orbeck and Sara Haley (that's her below) to give us an action plan perfect for moms-to-be.
You’ve got a stack of baby books covering your coffee table. You’ve got a shortlist of baby names that will be perfect for your little bundle of joy.
In just a few short weeks, your life will change forever with the addition of a tiny new family member… what’s to worry about?!
Despite all the excitement of a new baby on the way, it’s totally normal to feel clueless about your changing body and how to prepare for what’s next.
We’ve rounded up the top pregnancy tips on food, fitness and yes, even sex, from 20 pregnancy experts and moms who have been there to help you prepare.
I turned to celebrity trainer and hot mama Sara Haley, an expert in workouts for pregnant women and new moms. Sara created the exercise series Expecting More®, a prenatal program for moms-to-be, and Expecting More®: The 4th Trimester Workout, helping new moms get their pre-baby bods back.
It’s that time of year. The kids are back in school, and suddenly, life is crazy busy again, which means getting in a workout can be even more challenging. As a mom of two and pre/postnatal exercise specialist, I’ve found the best way to do this is to involve your kids. I hope you and your little ones will find this 10-minute workout fun and effective!
Do you know what diastasis recti is? I didn’t either. Despite the fact that it occurs in up to two thirds of pregnancies, none of my doctors or nurses ever mentioned it. Basically, it’s a gap that opens up between the left and right sides of your adominal muscles (“diastasis” means separation and “recti” refers to the rectus abdominis). Many women have a minor case that heals on its own after giving birth. Those of us who are petite (me), have had more than one pregnancy (me), and are of advanced maternal age (me), however, are at risk of a wider, more stubborn separation. Same goes for women who carried multiples.
I’m officially well past the point of being able to claim my fat as being my “baby weight”. Honestly, I had “baby weight” before I had a baby. I sometimes call it a “food baby” or “beer baby”. Basically, I’m quickly running out of excuses to get healthy and get in shape (and fun things to name my belly fat!) Enter pre and postnatal fitness expert Sara Haley!
Think the only thing scarier than birthing a baby is the idea of getting back in shape afterwards? You’re not alone. Those first few workouts back are going to “almost be harder than when you were pregnant,” says Sara Haley, prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist (and mother of two).
I love and hate this phrase. As a fit mom and pre and postnatal specialist, I hear it a lot. “Oh, you just bounced right back!” And yes, it is flattering to hear, but the truth of the matter is I didn’t just “bounce back”. It takes hard work and dedication, whether that means sticking to a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and for most of us, doing both... religiously.
As every mom can attest, it takes a lot of hard work to grow a baby for nine months, and all that growth can do a number on a woman's body. But that doesn't mean you can't reclaim your body confidence after your bundle of joy is born. In fact, prenatal, pregnancy and postnatal fitness expert, Sara Haley, recently released a new workout series, Expecting More: The 4th Trimester Workout.
Happy Breastfeeding Awareness Month! When PAM asked me, Sara Haley, to share a vlog about breastfeeding, the timing was kind of ironic because I had just finished weaning my second son. So I thought that the best vlog for me to do would be to share with you the Top 6 Reasons I Miss Breastfeeding. I’m hoping that this might help those of you are now weaning – to prepare you for how you might feel.
Jenn recently tested out Sara Haley’s new Expecting MORE: The 4th Trimester Workout program. She liked it so much that we put it in our top 5 postnatal workout DVD list. The workouts in the program are designed for all moms, whether they had a baby six weeks, six months or six years ago, and they are even safe for those recovering from a C-section and diastasis recti.