fitness

4 Big Things You Need to Know About Exercising While Breastfeeding

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Many women have questions, concerns and doubts regarding exercise while breastfeeding.  Is it okay? Will it affect my milk supply? Will it change the taste of my milk? Will it affect the baby'? Are certain exercises better than others? And the list goes on. Here are four important facts that might answer some of your... read more

4 Great Reasons to Focus on Your Fitness During Pregnancy

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You might not feel motivated to move your body while you're pregnant, but pregnancy is the absolute right time to turn your focus to fitness and get into a regular exercise routine -- seriously! Here are a few reasons why: 1. Fewer aches and pains. Regular exercise throughout pregnancy helps reduce common body aches. Since... read more

Do You Find This Fit Mom’s Message Inspiring or Insulting?

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Remember the "Hot Facebook Mom" that made headlines a few months ago? How could you forget her, right? She was the mom with three under three who incited an Internet frenzy when she posted a picture baring it all (and her flat abs) underneath a statement that asked, "What's your excuse?". Now that... read more

6 Easy Moves You Can Do to Help Shed the Baby Weight Fast

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As a physical therapist and perinatal fitness instructor, I am often asked by new moms how to best shed the post-baby pounds and regain a waistline. One of the most effective exercises I have found is the plank, which is why it's a common feature in my classes on BabyWeight.TV. Here is a... read more

5 Things to Know Before You Plan Your Prenatal Fitness Routine

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Many moms-to-be are uncertain about fitness options during pregnancy, and in the face of such uncertainty end up doing very little in the way of exercise while pregnant. Those who did not exercise regularly before becoming pregnant are afraid to start something new, and those who were active before are often afraid to continue their... read more

8 Easy, Feel-Good Yoga Moves for Expecting and New Moms

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Yoga is a great form of exercise during and after pregnancy. It can help you to stretch, strengthen, become more aware of your body and connect with your breathing. Try this simple yoga flow to strengthen and tone all the major muscle groups, including the core! The complete flow will take you about... read more

5 Easy-to-Do Exercises You’ll Actually Want to Try

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Need a quick energy boost?This short circuit of five exercises is a great way to rev up your metabolism and get a full body workout in a few minutes (because, let's face it, all you really have most days is just that: five minutes). The low-impact version of each exercise is appropriate for beginners and... read more

4 Simple Strategies to Jump-Start Your Fitness Resolutions

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Was one of your New Years Resolutions for 2014 to get fit or control your weight? If so, you probably already know that those are of the most difficult resolutions to keep (sorry!). It's usually easy to find motivation in the beginning, especially if you over-indulged over the holidays (who didn't?!) and have some new... read more

Uh Oh! Modern Moms Aren’t Moving as Much as Grandma Did

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Did you ever think about how your mother or grandmother spent their days when their children were young? Apparently it was quite different than it is today, especially in terms of physical activity. A Mayo Clinic study compared the activity levels of mothers of young children and mothers of older children in 1965 to that... read more

3 Ways To Boost Your Baby’s Brainpower — Before Birth

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I once thought that intelligence and brain capacity were genetically predetermined for the most part and not significantly affected by external factors. However, recent evidence shows that certain variables during pregnancy and childbirth can affect a newborn's brain development. 1. Eat well and take your vitamins! Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, especially... read more