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Two Reasons to Exercise While You’re Pregnant…

19 Apr

According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers contacted 39 0f 52 women who were participants in a study 20 years ago that examined their exercise habits before, during, and after their pregnancies.  The follow-up found that moms who exercised through their pregnancy weighed less and were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who stopped exercising when they became pregnant.
Another reason to keep moving if you’re a mama to be!

(via Rodale, photo courtesy of ABC News)

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Get Your Jazz Hands Ready!!

8 Apr

IDEA,  the world’s largest association for fitness and wellness professionals, conducted its yearly survey to find out the top health and fitness trends of 2011.   This year, aerobics, water fitness and martial arts-based classes had the largest decline in popularity and dance and boot camp classes showed the largest growth.

I was surprised to find out that Jazzercise, founded in 1969, is still popular around the globe and was just named most successful fitness franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine.  The founder, Julie Shepherd Missett, continues to choreograph 30 new songs every 10 weeks to keep her classes fresh and keep members motivated.  Pretty impressive when you consider how easily fitness fads come and go.  Remember those  Reebok Step Aerobics videos?

Jazz hands up!

Is Your Personal Trainer Certified? You may be surprised…

24 Mar

Dangerous Personal Trainer

Women’s Health sheds light on an alarming practice in health clubs and gyms across the nation.  Before you invest in sessions with a personal trainer or take your gym up on the offer of a free session with a trainer – know that not all personal trainers are certified and not all health clubs and gyms ensure the trainers working for them are certified.

Unfortunately, Shalla Miguez found this out the hard way.  During a free session with a personal trainer in the gym she had just joined, Miquez warned the trainer that he was pushing her too hard but she was ignored.  Five days later she was in the hospital diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition caused when muscle fibers break down into the bloodstream so severely that they clog the kidneys, making them unable to process urine properly. Read the whole story here.

You have to do your own research!  Experts recommend personal trainers who have been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), two of the nation’s most reputable fitness organizations.

A Cup of Morning “Thinspiration”

22 Mar

At her heaviest Pam weighed 264 pounds.  She made a decision to lose the weight after a child asked her when her baby was due and she wasn’t pregnant.  This was the turning point when she knew her lifestyle had to change.

Pam started exercising 3-4 days per week and avoided junk and processed foods.  She now eats up to 6 small meals a day to speed up her metabolism.  She incorporates lean proteins such as fish, chicken, nuts, tofu, mushrooms and eggs into her daily meals and pairs it with complex carbs.

Pam lost her weight the good ol’ fashioned way and has kept it off for 6 years!

Read the full story here.

(via CNN)

It’s all that Good Clean Living

18 Mar

The US life expectancy has risen to an all-time high of 78 years!  Babies born in 2009 can expect to live to age 78.2.  Experts attribute the increase to better medical treatment, vaccination campaigns and public health measures against smoking.

(photo courtesy of texascollaborative.org)

Be a Fat Blaster! 3 simple tips.

18 Mar

Follow these 3 simple tips when working out to blast more fat!

  • Shorter but more frequent and intense workouts can burn more fat
  • Incorporate strength or resistance training into your workout.  Muscles burn fat!
  • Drink lots of water!  Your body needs to be properly hydrated when working out. 

P.S.

Information obtained from this article on SheKnows.com.

P.S.S.

The woman in the picture is me.  Yep, I look fantastic and happy as hell while doing sit ups in the gym.

P.S.S.

That’s not really  me.  I’m the beast of a woman in the last row sweathing buckets and breathing heavy.  Photo credit Women’s Health.