How to Get Back In Shape After Pregnancy

It’s normal and predictable that carrying your baby for 9 months and giving birth have changed your body greatly. Your stomach muscles had been stretched to support your growing bump; along with the excess weight is just what nature set in getting ready for breastfeeding your baby and maybe it is also the negative effects of comfort eating while pregnant! Also there is an inevitable change in the chest area for the reason that the breasts get bigger while pregnant and nursing your baby afterwards, the tissues are stretched resulting into sagging boobs or medically known as breast ptosis.

 

So, since you are here reading my post about how to get back into shape after pregnancy, I do assume that you are very keen towards this matter. So the question now is, when and how should you do it? Let’s admit it, going on a diet is not fun and certainly not recommended if you’re breastfeeding a baby. Exercise is the best option, put together with sensible and balanced eating. Other than helping you lose some excess weight, that can increase your self-confidence, frequent exercise boosts your overall fitness and health and is great for mental performance too, considering the fact that exercising produces endorphins or otherwise known as the ‘feel-good’ hormones.

 

There are various “less risky” forms of workout you can consider, this includes:

  • Walking

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5 Healthy Foods I Incorporate in My Diet Every Week

Eating healthy is extremely important.  Getting sick is the last thing we want from happening to ourselves and family.  With the busy lifestyle most of us have, we tend to take our food for granted.  We settle for fastfood because we do not have the luxury of time to prepare food.  The kinds of sickness we hear today are very disturbing and most of these ailments are triggered by the type of food that we eat.  So, how come we do not give our food priority?  It’s high time to change our habits and give food preparation some serious thoughts.

Let me share with you 5 healthy food items I make sure I eat every week.

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  1. Green leafy vegetables

A study made by Audrey Cross, PhD of Columbia University showed that people avoid the greenery section in supermarkets because they do not know much on how to prepare leafy greens.  You will be surprised that a significant number of the respondents of her study never ever considered of going to the greenery section.  One time, according to Dr. Cross, when she was invited to a talk in a first grade class, 3 pupils never tried eating lettuce!

The best leafy greens are kale which contains the most antioxidants according to the Human Nutrition Research Centre Stude, Swiss chard, mustard greends,   and spinach.

  1. Olive Oil

This is a powerhouse and a good oil for the greens discussed above.  Olive oil is a great part of a Mediterranean diet so you can just imagine how healthy they can be with such a diet.  The best olive oil is the one that’s least processed. It has powerful antioxidant component called polyphenols which are usually found in teas.  Polyphenos are known to help keep cells from causing harm to the body.  A study conducted in Greece revealed that breast cancer incidences are reduced to 12% for people who are green eaters and consume olive oil regularly.

  1. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds have high fiber content which help lower cholesterol at the same time prevent constipation.  It has lignans, a form of polyphenol that helps protects cancer. It also has omega-3 fatty acids which are great for the heart.  In storing flaxseeds, you will have to put them in the fridge to prevent it from getting rancid.  The flaxseed oil has to be kept in the refrigerator.  It is not good to heat it or mix with baked goodies.

4.     Oatmeal

Oatmeal helps you fight that bad cholesterol so it’s good to have some at all times.  It’s easy to prepare without so many fuss.  Nutritionist recommends the long-cooking type rather the one that’s instant. You can add milk, sprinkle with brown sugar and even a small portion of butter and you have one healthy meal! Or maybe you can add fruits like banana or strawberries, it’s your choice.  You can also make oatmeal cookies which are simply delicious.

5.     Tea

When you drink tea instead of soda, then you live longer.  Tea whether it’s black or white brings you a great deal of antioxidants.  Green tea has more polyphenols which are known to be free radicals.  Green tea also enhances our metabolism.

 

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Tough Mudder: Preparation Checklist

 

The Tough Mudder is a training course consisting of 10 to 12 miles of running, hiking, tugging and moving through dirt, ice, flames and power voltage. It isn’t for any average person and it is an honest test of what an individual is absolutely competent at. Getting yourself ready for the Tough Mudder, or another form of obstacle race shouldn’t be overlooked. Though it’s true that a person with acceptable levels of physical fitness will make it around what is usually not just a timed course, there may be a strong possibility that you could be running against other guys that seem to be like they could spend a long time looking at themselves in the mirror. You wouldn’t like to find yourself looking like the person on the Mister Muscle advertisements, so here’s a checklist you can go through in preparation for Tough Mudder:

120114-F-CB366-912 Senior Airman Danielle Sturdivant, with the 56th Communications Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., crawls through the ìelectric eelî obstacle during the Tough Mudder at the Mesa Proving Grounds in Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 14, 2012. DoD photo by the U.S. Air Force. (Released) (more…)

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Shoe review: Vivobarefoot One VS Vibram EL-X

You may already know, my personal preference would be to run trails every time I could, however, I continue to get my track running while I’m training.  So, I’m excited to have the chance to try out some smart road shoes from two great companies, Vivobarefoot and Vibram. So, hang in there and I’ll present you with my thoughts on both footwear!

 

Vivobarefoot One

VEVO1

 

I’ve read lots of advantages to this model but doubtful till I could try it personally and they’re right! I’m impressed through the flexibility and functionality of Vivobarefoot One. (more…)

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