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Why do we need to do strength training? Why not to do only cardio and eat right? A lot of women are scared to strength train because they think it will make them bulky and make them look like men. This is one of the biggest misconceptions out there and continues to deter women from the weight room. Strength training is important for an overall fitness program. If you want to reduce body fat, increase muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently than strength training is for you!
Lets talk specifically about strength training for moms. Why is it so important?
Women often neglect the upper body workout, but we are born with less upper body muscles than men and we need them for not only lifting the children but toting laundry, hauling groceries and hefting garbage.
Back problems are among the most common ailments and many problems start during pregnancy. A lot of back injuries result from misuse of the back when other muscle groups should be doing the work, therefore moms should strengthen the muscles that support the back.
Another area that is very important to strengthen are the abdominals. Every woman who has given birth is anxious to get her tummy back into shape. But having a flat stomach for looking better in a bikini should not be the only reason. To strengthen the core will help to strengthen the lower back. It will help to prevent the abdominal muscle separation and prolapse of internal organs. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you ever wish you had more hours in the day? I certainly do! What would you do with the extra time if you had it? When I speak with my clients about the greatest obstacle when adopting a regular exercise routine they always talk about lack of time. We are busier than ever with constant demands on our time from work, children, families, friends etc.
Whether you have just given birth or have several children, it may seem next to impossible to find the time and the energy for exercise. But we all know how important it is. I find that the clients who are the most successful in adopting an exercise program that lasts are those who manage to integrate it with their families. Try to think active living instead of exercise. There are so many things you can do. Read the rest of this entry »
Pregnancy is a special time in a women’s life involving several changes in her body but for many, they are not prepared for how these changes can affect daily living. Although some may want to just “sit and rest”, once they begin to move again, they quickly realize that symptoms don’t magically disappear and may get worse.
Pregnancy doesn’t have to be painful and uncomfortable and there are many avenues that can be explored to help manage prenatal discomforts.
Massage therapy can make you feel good during pregnancy.
During the first trimester here are some areas to focus. Fatigue and musculoskeletal changes influenced by the hormones estrogen, progesterone and relaxin which affects the composition of collagen in the joint capsules, ligaments and fascia to allow greater elasticity. These changes create new body awareness for the mom-to-be as well as new aches and pains especially in the feet, hips and joints. Having regular massage therapy helps ease overuse and prevent new injuries from occurring and relaxes these tired feet. Read the rest of this entry »
Imagine a tranquil warm soothing environment with softly playing music accompanied by spa robes in a nicely decorated room. Easing away tension and stresses with soothing slow repetitive massage motions calming our mind and body. Flowing movements in rhythm with music followed with a gentle and supportive stretch as we breathe and rest.
Did you know there is more the meets the eye to this image?
Massage therapy helps us take inventory of any sore, achy and painful areas from our daily stresses. It improves blood circulation, which decreases overall healing time. Enhances awareness of our body in the moment, allowing our nervous system for a rest and reset period to integrate the training we have chosen for the day. Whether it is dance, running, cycling or strength training, massage helps the muscles to accept changes with ease. Read the rest of this entry »
And you know exactly what I am referring to.
If you’re a new mom, there comes a point when you give up trying to “keep up” and give in to reality. Your life has changed, permanently. And it’s not going to get any easier either. This is true. There must be a way to cope.
If you are more of a veteran like myself, you have come to this conclusion probably years ago, but just accepted that craziness is the new norm and everyone yells at their kids trying to get them out the door for school, don’t they?
Well not anymore and at least not this mom. Read the rest of this entry »
“Everything is energy that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” – Albert Einstein
There is a shift taking place when it comes to pregnancy and birth in our modern culture. The truth about birth is returning to the light and is being embraced by more and more women and their families.
Many mothers-to-be are reclaiming their natural rite of passage. “Our children deserve to be brought into the world with trust, gentleness and love. ” Read the rest of this entry »
I personally believe in training our bodies as a whole. What do I mean by that? To train whole means to incorporate not only our physical body but also our mental and emotional bodies into our workouts. How our physical body reacts to our chosen lifestyle (good or bad) is a direct reflection of how our minds feel. Lets take a look at each element in more detail.
Physical: the things we can see, feel and touch
We are very familiar with our physical body, especially after we have a baby. The postpartum body can be difficult for some when the media does an extensive job on examining what is accepted as “beautiful” or “normal”. We often compare ourselves to others and expect our bodies to transform instantly. Working out is not just a quick fix it’s a lifestyle change. It takes time and hard work to succeed. So when you’re looking through magazines and watching what seems like perfection, don’t sit there and compare. How can you compare your beginning to someone else’s ending? Read the rest of this entry »
A moms dream!! Increase your energy and mood in 60 seconds flat! – By team member: Donna Foster-Larocque
As we head into the third month of the winter season, you might find your energy level is low and that you feel tired or simply exhausted all the time! If you’re like me, you’re also looking forward to waking up to warmer weather and to more sunshine!
But there are ways that you can kick start your body to increase your energy level and improve your mood in just 60 seconds! Yes, you read correctly, in just 60 seconds you can improve your overall mental and physical health.
First, let’s focus on some tips to help improve you mentally. Read the rest of this entry »