PART II: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BACK, BABY!
PART I: SHAPELY SHOULDERS
The mornings are dark, cold and quiet. Oh, what a treat as the house lays still and silent, without a even a peep from our little one's lips. If you are like me, the unpleasant visual of jumping out of bed while the kids are cozy under their covers, can be less than invigorating.
You simply cannot attain your potential for health without exercise. The human body requires movement and the proper type of exertion. Just as your eating regimen should be based on your blood type and subtype, so should your exercise program. Strenuous exercise is perfect for O’s, good for B’s and detrimental to A’s. All proper exercises are wonderful for:
Modern Mom was delighted to get a chance to interview fitness expert and Olympic trainer John Abdo about how to promote health and well-being in a family. John suggests that families exercise together, so health becomes a family activity, rather than an individual goal. Love that idea! Here's some more practical health advice from the this renowned fitness guru and inventor of the Ab Doer Twist:
ModernMom: What are some great exercises the whole family can do together?
Who would you trust for advice on your health and fitness? Surely a doctor, but how about someone who's practically an expert at staying in shape while balancing a full and very busy life! Part of Brooke Burke's job is essentially to look smokin' hot and boy, does she do it well! In this exclusive ModernMom interview, the fabulous and fitness-minded mommy dishes on why you should shock your body, the routine that gave her a KILLER butt, and how she looks SO darn good after poppin' out four (count 'em, 1-2-3-4!) kids!
Regular aerobic and strength training exercise can help you gain muscle, lose fat, tone your body and feel more energized throughout the day. If you walk down the supplement aisle at the grocery store, you're likely to see a seemingly endless variety of products for nearly any fitness goal. While such supplements are legal, they may not always work and may not be safe. Keep in mind that supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and talk to your doctor before starting supplementation.
Regular weight training is one of the best ways to transform your body. As you gain muscle, you'll begin to look firmer and more toned in as little as two weeks. While diet and exercise alone are enough to help you add muscle to your frame, fitness supply stores are lined with supplements designed to boost your results. Should you choose to take supplements, talk to your doctor first, and remember that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Squatting may not sound like the most attractive exercise you could choose, but it may be one of the best ones you can do during pregnancy. Squatting stretches, tones and strengthens. It's a quick exercise that doesn't require much equipment or time. When done right, it can keep you fit during pregnancy and prepare you for labor.