workouts

Uncovering the Truth about Abs

Planking, crunches, and core work, oh my! These along with a plethora of devices that are on the market today like the Ab Wheel, the Ab Coaster, the Ab Cruncher and the Ab Doer all promise to deliver rock hard abs and a strong core. The burning question is however, do they really work? The simple answer is yes; they do work. With the help of these devices and exercises your core and your abs will become stronger. Unfortunately, if you want to see them, it’s not that simple.

What many people don’t realize is that you can’t spot lose weight. What this means is, you can’t simply point out a spot on your body and decide that this exact place is where you are going to lose the weight regardless if you concentrate on toning that area or not. For example, if you are looking at yourself in the mirror and think I love my body but… I really would like to lose just a little bit more of this back fat right around my bra line. Your only option to make that happen is to lose some weight overall and hope it comes off in that specific area. You can tone that area, however, and it can make a difference but especially when it comes to seeing your abs, you have to face reality.

The reality is, is that your abs are made in the kitchen. Regardless of your efforts in the gym, if they are not matched in your diet as well, you will never see your abs. Males generally tend to have a lower body fat percentage and so it can be a little bit easier for them to achieve this than it can be for us, women. Achieving and maintaining abs is a lot of work and a full time commitment so mentally prepare yourself to dedicate all of your efforts towards your goal.

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Post-Baby Slim Down Advice

Whether you are becoming a mom for the first time or you are having baby number four, your post-baby body is always something in the back of your mind. As if adding a new and enormous responsibility to your life isn’t enough, the fear of how your body will look and react in the aftermath of childbirth can also be a major concern. While we understand that everyone’s body is different and will heal and adjust at various rates, there are a few helpful reminders we would like to share to help with transitioning back.

First, wait until you are fully healed to start a workout regimen. The doctors will most likely suggest you wait six weeks post-partum or possibly even longer if you have had a cesarean section. Yes, it is important to get back into a workout routine, however, if you jump in too soon you may end up with complications and not healing properly. Listen to your body; you will know when you are ready.

Next, pay attention to your calorie intake. If you are breastfeeding, you will need to eat approximately 300 calories above what someone who is not breastfeeding should typically consume. Make sure to check with your doctor to find out exactly what the best plan is for you. Keep in mind that your calories should be comprised of a healthy balance of proteins, fats, veggies, and carbs. For example, a bag of chips should not be your serving of carbs for the day if you are trying to shed pounds. Rather get your energy from complex carbs like sweet potatoes or added energy from fruit, and don’t forget to eat breakfast. Once you get into a routine of eating right, you really can’t go wrong. Also, if you feel really motivated try meal planning and freezing them before your baby is born. This way, you won’t even have to think about dinner in the first few months.

If your post baby eating habits are on point, then you should be on track to losing almost all of your baby weight. Remember that the last 10lbs can be the hardest to lose, and you will have to work for it. Start incorporating exercise into your daily routine even if it’s only 20 minutes per day in the beginning. Be sure and increase your intensity and duration steadily over time. You can even get creative and use your little one as a prop.
The last thing to remember is that you should not compare yourself to others. Just because your best friend into her pre-pregnancy jeans in the first two weeks post-baby, doesn’t mean you will too. Keep in mind; it took you around nine months to get this way so give yourself around nine months to get back to where you want to be. You have enough pressure on you as it is so the last thing you should do is make yourself feel bad. If you find yourself feeling down, talk to other moms who are or were in your situation. Support from those who are empathetic to what you are enduring is always uplifting. Just remember to try and stay positive and motivated and you will succeed!

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Quick Workouts For The Modern Day Woman

Regardless if you are single, married, have kids or not, working full time, or are a stay at home mom, it seems like our lives as women in modern society never stop.  For some of us a trip to the gym might be a little less of a sacrifice than others but a sacrifice none the less.  Ideally we would all like to make it to the gym and go to our favorite fitness class 4-5 times a week but in reality that can’t always happen.  Therefore, we have composed a few quick at home workouts for you to do on those days where you just can’t make that trip to the gym.

The Glutes & Legs Lift & Burn

Goal: Three rounds with only a 30 second break in between rounds.

30 -Side Lunges, 20-Weighted Walking Lunges (make sure the weight you chose is challenging but you can still complete all of the reps), 50- Air Squats (25 regular stance & 25 wide stance), 30- Jump Squats, 20- Glute Kickbacks.

The Cardio Killer

Goal: Four rounds with only a 30 second break in between rounds.

50 -Jumping Jacks, 15-Burpees, 30- High Knees, 30- Mountain Climbers, 20- Jump Squats.

The Upper Body Burn

Goal: Four rounds with a 60 second break in between rounds.

10-Push Ups, 30-Bent Over Rows, 20-Tricep Extensions, 10- Front Lateral Extensions,  10- Side Lateral Extensions, 15- Hammer Curls.  (Remember to challenge yourself on the weights you choose and you can decrease them as needed)

The Abs & Core

Goal: Three rounds with only a 30 second break in between rounds.

30 Seconds -Flutter Kicks, 60 Seconds – Bicycle, 60 Seconds- Plank, 60 Seconds- Side Planks (30 per side), 30 Seconds -Jack Knife, 30 Seconds – Russian Twist.

Once you get acclimated to these workouts you can always incorporate additional exercises and switch them up.  Also, if you are up to the challenge, try to combine two or more of the workouts listed for an intense calorie burn.  Don’t forget to modify if you have to and be sure to warm up and cool down properly.  Lastly, just remember to stay motivated and even if you can‘t get to the gym an at home workout is better than not doing a workout at all!

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