Congratulations! You’ve welcomed your beautiful, bouncing bundle of joy. After the new motherhood fog begins to wear off you’re probably yearning for a little “me time” and may want to get back into your workout routine. We’re here to help you settle back in, but before you do, check out our post-baby exercise tips.
Skinny or Toned?
The difference between dieting and cardio and WEIGHTLIFTING, dieting, and cardio is the difference between skinny mush and a lean, toned body. Weightlifting with a certain intensity will add definition to your body and increase your metabolism. To simply lose weight, one must eat less and move more. So, after you’ve plateaued, do you move even more OR eat even less? There’s only so much time in your day and only so little you can eat. That’s a tough decision.
What if you could eat MORE, do MORE, and look BETTER? Here’s where weightlifting comes in…
Often, people diet by cutting food from their diet, but is this really a good idea? The answer is no. The foods we eat affect our energy, our moods, and, of course, our health. Cutting too much food from your diet is disadvantageous when coupled with your everyday exercise. So, if cutting food from the diet isn’t the solution, what is? How will you know what you need?
You’ve been working out and eating right and you’ve lost some weight. The last few weeks, however, have found you at the dreaded plateau, or even worse, you’ve started to gain weight. Your personal trainer has made some changes to your exercise program in an effort to jumpstart your metabolism, but nothing has been working. You are out of ideas and quickly getting frustrated. There is a real fear that you are going to get completely disgusted, throw up your hands, and say, “forget it, I’m done”, and let all your hard work fall aside.
Nutritional counseling could be your saving grace and may very well be the unsung hero of weight loss and healthy living. Nutritional counseling does not just address what you should eat and not eat. It delves further into the “whys” behind your eating habits and patterns.
Did you know you can boost your exercise and training results by adding strength training to your workout routine? While any exercise is better than doing none at all, adding strength training to your routine will burn more calories, long after the workout is complete. Why is that? Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat, even at rest. And for those of you worried about “bulking up too much”, worry not. You control all of that through the workouts and weights you choose to do and lift.
Most people think of dieting and eating healthier foods when they think of the words “meal plans“. One of the most important and often overlooked aspect of meal plans is the concept of scheduling your meals and snacks for the greatest health benefits. For many people, the pitfall in their dietary or eating habits is not necessarily that they eat bad foods or the wrong types of food, but that they consume too many calories at once, or at the wrong time of day.
Ideally, the best way to keep your energy up and your metabolism at peak efficiency is to eat 6 smaller meals or snacks instead of the traditional “three meals a day”. There are several benefits to eating on a six meal schedule. Your blood sugar will remain at a more stable level throughout the day. This is most important for people over 40 years of age, when the highest potential of developing Type 2 Diabetes occurs. On a six meal schedule your metabolism works at an optimal peak, which could potentially lead to weight loss without any other lifestyle changes such as exercise. Ideally, healthy diet and exercise go hand in hand when a person is trying to lose weight, but even a small increase in metabolism can shift things in favor of your weight loss goals.
In addition to increased metabolism, meal plans featuring a six meal schedule will help to keep your energy up throughout the day. Fewer peaks and valleys in your blood sugar level will help ease or eliminate those morning, afternoon, and evening crashes one feels in between meals. Many people who eat on an erratic schedule consume too many calories late at night, and wake up without hunger and skip breakfast. Healthy meal plans that break up your caloric intake throughout the day prevent overeating late at night and waking up feeling sluggish and still full. Skipping breakfast allows that sluggish and bloated feeling to persist and keeps your energy low, which actually makes the body struggle to conserve its fat reserves. Waking up hungry allows a person to take in one of their biggest meals early in the day. This offers the body the longest amount of time to metabolize and use those calories, and provides energy for the body to function early in the day.
Contact us for more information on how scheduled meal plans can promote a healthier lifestyle and assist with your particular fitness or health goals.
Are you one of those people who avoids the weight room? Surprisingly, many seem to think that the weightlifting room is only for body builders.
But that’s not the case at all! There are many benefits to adding weight training to your workout program. Here are the top eleven benefits to weightlifting, that’ll make you want to hit the weight room the next time you’re at the gym.
Some gyms advertise low prices and tons of perks, but they don’t tell you that those perks only come with a higher-priced membership. Make sure to ask about these extra costs so that you know exactly what you’ll be getting with your membership!
Spending forty-five minutes on the treadmill and then doing a few reps on the weight machines can get boring, and makes it easy to get into a workout rut. If you are looking for something new to energize your workout routine, consider a studio cycle workout, which offers several benefits!
A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals & is set apart from other resolutions in that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year’s resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. Generally, it is interpreted as a positive lifestyle change. A 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that those who set New Year resolutions shared a much higher success rate when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.