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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.

It is always preferable doing some exercise rather than no exercise at all, but your results will be even better if you cross train. In many cases, when you go to a gym, you will see people on the treadmills and stationary bikes, and other people lifting weights. Most of the time you will never see those two groups cross over, and that is where the opportunity for greater gain is lost.  If you can lift three hundred pounds, but can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded; that is a serious problem. If you can run a 5 minute mile, but struggle carrying bags of groceries to the car; THAT is a problem. You want overall fitness; not just in specific areas. By cross training, you will address the strength and aerobic capacity of your body, and appreciate those improvements in your day-to-day activities. In the end, isn’t that what you want? You don’t go to the gym just because you enjoy going to the gym. You go to make yourself stronger, get in better shape, and then see and experience the results of your hard work when you are not at the gym.

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.

We achieve the most when we are healthy, and exercise is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and mind. There is a huge variety of workouts people can make use of, but one workout that maintains popularity is the studio cycle workout. A studio cycle workout is a group exercise in which several individuals make use of stationary bikes while a leader paints a beautiful picture of terrain and environment to modify how the group is pedaling.

Fitness equipment is usually purchased with dreams of everyday use and easy accessibility. In the beginning, it appears a good investment, but over time, the distractions of life and the ever-beckoning couch draw us away. Treadmills become clothes hangers and exercise bikes end up in the next yard sale. Our intentions are in the right place but in the end, we waste time and money with no lasting benefit. What went wrong? An environment designed for relaxing and taking it easy makes it easier to break away or simply say, "I'll do it tomorrow." The tomorrows become more frequent and it's on to the next expensive new equipment and the cycle repeats. This may also tie into our "New Year's Resolutions", as well. Be honest: if both of these statements have struck a nerve, maybe you need to rethink your fitness game plan.

Walk into almost any gym, and look for anyone cranking out the pull-ups from an over-head bar. Chances are, you may never witness such a sight. Most people won't even attempt them, probably remembering their embarrassing attempts in high school physical education class. The neglect of this reliable exercise is sad in itself, but what makes it sadder is that it is the single best exercise to build the Latissimus Dorsi (Lats), those muscles that provide that classic V-shape, which does wonders for your physique.

There is no doubt aerobic exercise is important for overall health. We don't want to diminish its significance. However, if you want to get into the best shape of your life, weightlifting is more important than cardio. As we age, it is often not our aerobic health that causes us to become debilitated. It is the loss of muscle mass and bone density that causes issues as we get older. Only weightlifting will build muscle and increase bone density.

Carrying a baby and giving birth takes a lot out on your body. Not only is your range of movement highly limited for the final trimester of pregnancy, but your body naturally gains weight as your appetite increases to help your baby grow. Other symptoms like swollen ankles, worsened allergies, shortness of breath, and flat-out exhaustion are also common. It is no wonder why during the 9 months of pregnancy that many women's fitness routines become less regular. However, there is hope to regain and maintain fitness after your baby is born. Read on to see our post-baby exercise tips for the new mom.

There is nothing like holding your new baby and realizing your life will never be the same again. Your bundle of joy already has you wrapped around their finger, and there is nothing you can do about it. You realize there is nothing you wouldn't do to ensure your child’s health and happiness. With all you have going on in your life now, is it any wonder you have little time to think about your needs? Here are some exercise benefits for new moms to help you get started.

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