ImageThis week’s art installment comes courtesy of my five-year old, M. These are my kind of snowflakes because I can enjoy without any of the side effects that cold weather brings.

Surely I am not the only one feeling like she needs to unfurl her body after cold, icy, snowy, or illness-filled days? My friends in the northeast and midwest are undoubtedly wearier than I. Well, I’ve got two great links to help you do just that:

  • Katy Bowman offered up 30 days’ worth of alignment challenges via Facebook then posted them all here.
  • The Fascia Freedom Fighters give you some TLC for your shoulders here.

Along slightly different lines, here’s a great interview with one of my favorite pelvic floor specialists, Julie Wiebe, PT. I love it because she really talks about the comprehensive nature of the “core,” a term that gets tossed about a lot with major implications. Here’s a taste and it will show you why I really respect Julie’s thought-process:

What I have learned from helping women rebuild a solid central foundation, can be applied in multiple populations, because everyone needs a central stability for efficient, effective and powerful movement and fitness. (Please note: I don’t like to use the word “core” anymore…means too many different things to different people. So I use words now like foundation, central stability, postural control, and sturdy anchor.)

Julie Wiebe, PT

Here’s a conclusion from a study Julie cites that further challenges the conventional wisdom that if a woman suffers from incontinence she should simply do Kegels:

These data suggest that women with incontinence have increased PF and abdominal muscle activity associated with postural perturbations. This finding challenges the clinical assumption that incontinence is associated with reduced PF muscle activity, and suggests that training control and coordination of abdominal muscle activity may be important in treatment of this condition. The contrasting effects of increased bladder volume on PF and abdominal muscle EMG are likely to present further challenges to the maintenance of continence.

from “Postural response of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles in women with and without incontinence,” Neurology and Urodynamics, 2007;26(3):377-85, Smith MD, Coppieters MW, Hodges PW.

Comfort food abounds in the blogosphere right now:

Let’s talk kiddos, shall we?

Have you wondered why all the fuss about fermented cod liver oil? Have you opted to stick with “plain” fish oil instead? Wellness Mama offers up a great post detailing the differences between the two.

You guys know that a big thing for me is that we regular folks shouldn’t be training as if we were athletes but instead should be moving in ways to promote wellness. I loved this post directed at fitness professionals because it urges them to think about their everyday clients differently from their elite athlete clients. If you try to practice periodization for yourself or your clients, give it a read.

I was super excited for the talented Elana Amsterdam this week as one of her recipes was highlighted on Jamie Oliver’s blog. It’s for a fruit-sweetened brownie, and I may or may not have made a special trip to the store after reading it to find a soy-free baking chocolate I could use to make them.

As always, thanks for making it to the end of the week with me! Hope your weekend is filled with fun, family, rest and lots of walking!

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