Exercise and Pregnancy: Baby Let’s Move!

Being pregnant is not an excuse not to be physically active, if you are facing any health related problem or your pregnancy is not that risky then it is encouraged that you do some exercise to be physically fit, both you and your baby will benefit from it.

Moderate cardio exercise

While being pregnant you can do some aerobics by simply taking a morning walk, do exercise that’ll increase your heart rate but be sure that you are not straining yourself too much. You can also do yoga, light dance repetitions and even simple chores like scrubbing or raking can be an exercise. Keep in mind that in doing these simple exercises, it is important that you drink plenty of fluids before and after.

Strengthening exercises

Giving birth is tough and pregnant women needed the strength to handle a physically draining ordeal. One can lift light objects with increasing repetitions. Repetition is always the key for strengthening exercises. When lifting a heavy object, remember not to strain.

What to avoid

Never lift heavy object that could strain your lower back, avoid holding your breath while exercising, breath normally. Do play sports that require balls, it might hit your belly. Avoid walking on slopes because you might slip.

It is important to be physically fit but it is more important to do it cautiously.

Online Personal Training: Latest Fitness Obsession?


Many people are now turning to the Internet for exercise guidance rather than seeking face-to-face instruction from a personal trainer at their local gym.

This new trend is perfect for those with little time and money to spare for keeping fit, but in order to reap the full range of benefits, you must know what to look for in home personal training.

Short Term Fad or Long Term Fix?

There’s always new health and fitness regimes being debated, new celeb diets and “miracle pills” being advertised but this latest obsession links closely to the fact that we are still suffering from the poor economic climate and have less income to spare for luxuries like personal trainers.

It’s easy to find an online personal trainer. All you need to do is go online and use a search engine like Google, Yahoo! or Ask to find what you are looking for. Part of the service often includes a custom-designed training programme and personalised diet plan, but how accurate are they? Is this new obsession the way forward?

Pros

  • Online personal training could prove to be a far more cost-effective way to enjoy tailored workouts. Prices will vary, but you can be sure that you would pay far more to have just a single hour-long training session in a gym or elsewhere than you would for a whole month online.
  • You have more flexibility which allows you to choose when you use your online personal training sessions. This is because they aren’t carried out in person, leaving you with the option of working out when you want to. This is great for busy lifestyles. Midnight yoga anyone?
  • You have instant access to your ‘trainer’ either via telephone or email as well as through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Support networks and forums are often included helping you to feel part of a team and stay motivted.
  • Personal training should be hands-on and face-to-face in order to effectively motivate, monitor progress and avoid injury. Therefore online personal training may not be as effective in terms of keeping you motivated and safe like a real-life personal trainer would. It’s very easy to ignore your computer, you can’t ignore a real trainer knocking on your door!

Cons

  • Health and safety could be an issue because you won’t have someone there to make sure you are doing your exercises correctly. It is more likely you could sustain an injury through this type of distant training.
  • Depending on the sort of workout you want to do, you may require specialist equipment. Therefore, if you don’t have it and choose to buy it – it could work out to be more expensive than joining a gym would’ve been. Plus, if it breaks, you have the job of fixing it.

Will it take off?

This latest fitness craze will stick around, but how popular it becomes will depend on a significant factor – ‘getting results’. Those who try it will need to see an improvement in their health and fitness if they are to continue to use this new type of personal training.

But, there will always be a call for personal training ‘in person’. This is because there is nothing more motivating than having someone next to you helping you to meet your fitness goals and sharing in your achievements.

 

Benefits of High Intensity and Interval Workout

Recent studies showed the high efficiency of interval training workout method. It’s very intriguing as you can do it anytime, while walking, running, cycling, or practicing in the gym. Possibilities are wide and method is really easy to master.

Purport of the interval training method is in alternating the high intensity activity levels with low intensity levels in short time intervals. For those who walks that means fast walk for a minute or two and then slow, relaxing walk for a next minute or two. It can be done everywhere, at work, during the shopping, while walking with a friend. The best fact is that 20 minutes is enough, and experts also recommend performing the exercise every second day.

Muscles work harder as they are confused with this level alternation and even show activity for hours after practice is over. Interval training workout is an excellent choice for those who want to lose weight as well as for the professional athletes. It imitates our ordinary movements which are always in different rhythms and allows our body to burn fats quicker and more efficient.

There Is No Magic Pill to Lose Weight

Sorry to say this, but the product that your neighbor is endorsing is probably a lie. There is no magic pill for weight loss. Dedication, healthy lifestyle, and the proper advice are the only ones that can help you. If you want to shed that extra pounds and attain a sculpted body that not only makes you feel good, but makes you healthier at the same time, you need to do the following steps; decide, commit, succeed. The big question here is what do you have to commit on? Well, the answer is right below if you are immensely interested.

Steps in Achieving a Gorgeous Body:

1. Mind Your Diet – There is a saying that you are what you eat, and this is true. If you eat fatty foods all the time, then eventually you will become one too. Not only will you get bigger in size, your heart will also suffer from all the fats, and after a while it will take a toll on your body. By the time that you realize this, it would be too late. Too prevent this, do what the bodybuilders and models do, eat a high protein diet coupled with less calorie intake to lose weight. It will make you stronger, faster, and leaner.

2. Burn More Than You Can Chew – Diet should always work side-by-side with a good fitness regimen. If you want to attain a great body that you can be proud of, then exercise 6 times a week. You probably think that it may be too much, but how else will you burn off the food that you eat 3 times a day, or more depending on your discipline and cravings? Exercise should be part of your daily routine, not only to get rid of the excess love handles, but to keep you young-looking, active, and ready for the challenges that life throws at you.

3. Make It A Habit – All the advice stated here will not work if you are not committed to it. Diet and exercise will do you no good if you discontinue it after a while. Keep in mind that this is a lifestyle, not a fad that vanishes after several weeks. If you really want this, then you have to be disciplined enough to follow through.

It is never too late for you or anyone else to achieve the dream body that you have been longing for. Always remember that you should complete the following steps; decide, commit, succeed, and only then will you see the fruits of your labor.