When can and should your baby join in with your fitness workouts?

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fitnessAny age is fine, there’s something for every child stage from newborn on up.  There are many ways that your little one can get a workout going when you do.  Kids like to join in the fun, and even when they can’t even crawl yet, they are watching you jump up and down in front of your TV doing your own fitness regimen.  They see mommy or daddy bouncing around the living room.  Involve them with what is part of your days.  Bring them out in their baby seat and place it near you while you do your stretches, hand weight exercising, videos, whatever it is you do;  just having your baby near is part of fitness for them.  Even if they’re still tiny babies, just watching you they are taking it in.

They should join in with you, its play time to them with you when you’re playing with them.  A good investment is a play gym mat.  Spread it out on your floor and place baby on it while you do your routine. They can lay and see the toys that hang over their heads and eventually they’ll kick out or move their arms at the rattles and toys of your chosen play gym.  They can have tummy time as well too as they stretch out and look at the colorful mat, or you as you do your exercising.  Soon they’ll learn to swat at those toys and kick out their legs.  With you joining in the fun with them too as you lay by them and play with them they are getting fitness as well.  Play gym mats are fun for baby and grows with them from newborn on up.

Tummy time is good as baby lays by you as you work out and get comfortable on their mat and being near you, watching you as you do you r thing.  Soon after about 3 months or so, their hands try to grab and hit the surrounding items on their gym mat as now they can lay on their back and hit and swing at the hanging toys.  You’ll love seeing them in their cute onesies Disney baby clothes as they play.  As time goes by eventually they’ll be able to sit and play on their gym mat as they watch you swing your arms with hand weights and perform your workout.

There are even baby workout toys out there that resemble what you use.  Rattles that look like little hand barbells that you use when you exercise. They have big puffy balls that look like medicine balls that they can hold on to as you work, granted they may drool on theirs.  To them though they are watching and being a part of mommy or daddy’s workouts, as they are holding weightless fuzzy toys designed to look like workout equipment.

So now you know it’s never too early to introduce your baby to fitness.  Look at it also as a way to spend quality time too being near each other and them watching you build up a sweat jumping around thinking that you look silly as they giggle and watch.  As they grow from baby to toddler, they’ll start trying to emulate you and there are products and toys that help them to do so.  Enjoy time with your baby and introducing them to the wonderful world of fitness.

 

Resistance Training & Flexibility: What Every Woman Should Know

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I have often had new (female) clients, coming in frustrated because they have been spending hours on the treadmill and still not feeling toned or strong enough. In majority of the cases, women also express doubts about weight training. There are many myths surrounding weights, typically statements like “I will get too big and bulky and I do not want that”. This is where I recommend resistance training and flexibility.

Reasons why you need resistance exercises

Often a husband and wife will work out together, and where the man will quickly lose weight the woman needs to struggle like crazy to see even small amounts of weight dropped each week. This is mainly because men and women have different ways of burning fat and building muscles. The advantages of muscles are also well known: they help us shape, tone our body while also improving our posture. Muscles help protect us from injury and enhance overall quality of life. Muscles can help both men and women feel more empowered and not just physically fit but mentally as well. For a woman especially, a strong body leads to a stronger mind.

So now that you know how important muscles are, don’t you want to know how to build them? This is where Resistance training comes into the picture. I generally recommend using household articles like heavy (3 to 5 pound) rice bags, dumbbells and resistance bands. I love dumbbells as not only are they easier to grip and workout with, they also tend to put the users in a better “mental mode” for workouts.

The other important objects as far as Resistance training is concerned are resistance bands. These are flexible as they take up very little space and also come in a wide range of tensions as per the levels one is comfortable with. A little bit of research about resistance bands online can help you get the guidance you need in using them correctly and to their full potential. Resistance bands can be easily carried everywhere you travel, which leaves no room for excuses for working out.

Next, I’d like to talk about the weight machines. Modern weight machines are full of safety features for enhanced ease of use: They can be adjusted to individual height, weight and body frame helping you ensure that they are performed correctly.

This brings us to Flexibility training.

Reasons why you need Flexibility training

A professional trainer can help you come up with the right set of flexibility training steps to help warm up your muscles. This can prepare them better and also enhance your overall workout by preventing post-workout soreness which invariably comes after intense sessions.

Another reason why it is a MUST to perform flexibility training is for Injury Prevention. If you are getting into the workout mode after a long time, it is likely that your muscles, ligaments and joints are still tight. This makes them more vulnerable to injuries when you suddenly start weight training. Hence flexibility training is a MUST to improve circulation and, I guarantee, it will also help you feel more alert mentally.

Now let us chalk up a weekly goal to include resistance and flexibility training.

Weekly Plan

The Austin Personal trainer can help you come up with a program that includes cardio with resistance training thrown in the mix. It will not be time consuming and the program can be personalized to suit individual needs and goals. Typically, I recommend starting with pushups (which can be done against the wall or the advanced versions including the knees), then a set for your mid-section (Crunches, Reverse curls etc) and finally for the lower body including lunges and squats. I recommend starting with a single set of 10 and then slowly working up to 3 sets with 10 repetitions each.  Sign up for the personal program with me if you need a little boost and for more information on Resistance training and flexibility workouts, click here .

Get a cheap blender for protein shakes that’ll be replaced often or spend more on one that’ll last longer?

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FITNESSFitness isn’t just about exercising to get your outsides in shape and strengthen yourself.  It’s about getting fit on the insides too.  You might be ready to go the protein shake route.  They aren’t just for bulking up.  You’re going into knowing there are protein shake regimens that you can take that help you slim down and lose extra weight, or ones that give you an energy boost simply to get you through your work day.

Question is, you’ve decided to take your fitness to the next level and start drinking healthy protein shakes.  Be it whether to firm up, lose weight, or just to get the proper nutrients, vitamins and supplements to get you through your day, you want to go this route.  You’re in line for a blender though.  Which way to go?  You’ve heard stories of just picking up a cheap everyday blender that will easily just mix your protein powder and water and that’s all you need to do the job.

Thing about it is though, it’s good to keep in mind that you get what you pay for.  It may do the job, but for how long.  Is it high quality and going to last you more than a month, or is its motor going to give up after a few too many uses and break down on you.  There are some blenders that cost more and you could go that route and keep in mind you’re paying for something that’ll last, but you don’t need it for anything except mixing shakes up well for yourself.

You don’t need all the extra ‘chop, whip, decimate’ extra buttons that come on these blenders.  You saw one that even makes soup.  All it is that you want is a fast way to finely mix together your powder and water into a smooth consistency which should take a push of a single button and a minute to mix.

One would suggest that if that’s all you want it for, you might want to look at some really good blender reviews.  Take them to court and be the blender judge and lay down your verdict.  Find out firsthand if it is it better to pay a little more and not have to worry about getting another one every other month when the cheap one breaks down on you all the time?

That’s a tough decision to make.  Think about it, maybe if you do put down a mid-range amount for a better blender, there might be a time in your future that you’ll want to have a smoothie and if so, you’ll have a blender that can mix one up nice and smooth for you.  That’s just something to consider.

Either way, congratulations on going to expand your fitness regimen.  That deserves a big pat on the back!   Here’s to hoping you get what you want out of it.   You work hard at the exercise part of your regimen, now taking it to the next level you’ll have all your information, so think what will be best in the long run, and good luck.

Losing Weight is More Than Just Physical Transformation

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Nowadays, a lot of people are becoming more obsessed of the idea, that losing weight is equivalent to a physical change. What many don’t know is that losing weight is more than just a physical transformation. As soon as you start shedding your weight, and slowly lowering down your bad cholesterol level, it is also the start of an entirely new transformation that more than our naked eyes can see. Changes in a persons’ self-esteem will slowly show, boosted confidence will start to emerge and health is improved, including things such as normal blood pressure level, blood sugar level, cholesterol level and a lot more that will start to get noticed. Indeed, getting rid of your excess fatty deposits can do a lot of positive transformation that many physically conscious people are not aware of.

 

Having Your Life Back

There are many positive changes if a person starts to shed weight, but there are major changes that should not be undermined. The first and most important change would be getting your life back; this means having a complete control of the factors that may affect your life and that is your health condition. As soon as you lower down your weight in a healthy way, your LDL cholesterol (Bad cholesterol) starts to lower, while your HDL cholesterol (Good cholesterol) starts to increase. You might have noticed that an obese person tends to snore right? However, if the person loses weight, curing his snoring problem might be possible. This is an example of how losing weight can affect the health condition of a person.

It is a fact that snoring is caused by an obstruction in your nasal airway, but you have to note that being obese can exacerbate your snoring problem, that could lead to an even serious health problems. So to help cure your snoring issues, you must make sure to shed those extra pounds. In addition, expert recommends top 9 products you can use to help prevent snoring exacerbation.

 

Mental Change

Getting rid at least 10% of your body weight can bring you to greater things. Positive mental changes are the next important transformation when shedding excess fats. Self-confidence, self-esteem, the way you handle yourself with other people changes everything. With a positive and stronger mental health, you know that everything is possible, and achieving your goals of losing weight slowly but surely is more than just a physical transformation. It is also winning battles within you!

 

Improved Relationship

Being overweight usually results to poor self-confidence and later on to isolation. If you keep on isolating yourself due to weight issues, your relationship with other people will start to reach a melting point. On the other hand, losing weight can boost your relationship as you start to emerge and mingle with other people due to the confidence gained from losing those fats.

As you can see, physical transformation may be a great reward when losing weight, however gaining all these positive changes that our eyes could not see is far better than just gaining a sexy figure.

Stay Healthy: Stay Safe

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GUNSIf you like to get out and about and keep yourself in good condition then you know that not every neighbourhood is safe. Some can be quite dangerous and sometimes people need the means to protect themselves from danger. If you like to go running, or even as you go to and from the gym, sometimes it’s a good idea to have a safety weapon with you. However, it’s just as important to keep that weapon away from thieves or young children. If you have a weapon in the home then you need to look after it as much as you look after yourself. Keeping that gun out of harm’s way doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Here’s why you should invest in some cheap gun safes that you can use in the home.

-       Titan

If you’re looking for an affordable, reliable, gun safe, then look no further. The Titan is top of the range and won’t disappoint. It has two unique patents for its safety features and comes with a handle, so you can use it to transport valuables with you out of the house, too. It’s small, so it fits under your bed or inside a closet, but it perfectly fits any regularly sized handgun. It incorporates a button-lock mechanism which means you can easily access it if you need it, but cracking the code is extremely difficult so you know it’s safe. The Titan can be bought for around the $3-400 mark, which is a decent price for a reliable, sturdy safe such as this.

-       Winchester

The Winchester is bigger that the Titan and has a thicker exterior wall. It can hold up to two handguns and is nearly impenetrable. It opens using your own fingerprint, so it’s extremely safe and secure from prying hands. However, it doesn’t hold up well against fire and floor. If you live in a disaster prone area this might not work for you, but if not then this is a great safe and comes in around the same price as the Titan.

-       Falcon

This safe is thin but long. It can hold two weapons inside, but it’s a bit of a squeeze. One great feature is that it unlocks electronically, and silently. It’s also the cheapest of our three safes and can be bought for around $299. If you’re looking for a cheap, effective safe, this is the one.

Best Blenders for Getting Healthy

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GETTING HEALTHYWe all know getting healthy is tough. It takes hard work and constant vigilance in order to fight the fat and keep it at bay. A great way of both getting in shape and staying there is to use a blender. If you’re new to the world of blenders, then check out Kate at blenders101. Each of these blenders below are top of the line and sure to get you on the right path.

-       Vitamix 5200

If you’re serious about getting into blending then you need a proper machine. The Vitamix is just that. It holds sixty four ounces and is perfect for getting the whole family involved. You’ll be able to whizz through fruits, veg and anything else you want with this excellent blender. However, it comes with a price. For this level of quality and quantity you can expect to pay over four hundred dollars. However, for that price you know you’ll be getting a worthy product.

-       Blendtec Classic Wildside

If four hundred sounds a little too much then you should think about the Classic Wildside. It’s cheaper, hovering around the three hundred mark, but it actually holds even more at ninety six ounces. Although both of these blenders may sound like a lot of money, there’s no point getting a cheap little thing from your local mart as they’ll break very quickly and they won’t blend very well. But these higher end blenders often come with warranties and guarantees, and you can expect it to last years.

-       Ninja Professional Blender(NJ600)

If you’re still not convinced that it’s worth the price tag, then you should go for the Ninja. It’s as good as the other to, has a seventy two ounce capacity, and only costs in the mid two hundreds range. As it’s that little bit cheaper, some of the attention to detail isn’t as good as the others two, and it doesn’t quite have the same look or finish. But it blends brilliantly, and it blends a lot. It will last you a long time and it will get you on the path to healthiness. Any of these three can also be used for sauces, dips, soups, or any sort of liquid deliciousness. You don’t have to stick to fruit and veg all the time, but you do have to stick to your new life. So get fit, get active, get blending.

5 Things You Need To Know About Carryon Luggage Bags And Your Fitness

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CARRYONThere is no doubt you already have three or four carry-on luggage bags. If you don’t, then you will certainly buy one at some point. They come in handy for very obvious reasons. But in as much as they save us most inconveniences when travelling, the bags can also cause a number of inconveniences. You only have to book an appointment with a physician to find out how.

Back injuries and fitness concerns

You may not know it but your carryon luggage bag could be the reason behind you back pains. If you are a sportsperson, then the bag could be the reason why your fitness is not at its peak. Injuries to the neck, back and shoulder may be caused by struggling with over packed carry-on luggage bags. Lifting and carrying bulky luggage even for short distances can easily strain your bones, joints and muscles.

Avoiding injuries

It all boils down to using proper judgment when lifting, packing or carrying your luggage carryon bag. Start by looking for a sturdy, light, value priced and transportable bags when shopping. Then go for a  luggage bag with sturdy wheels and comfortable handles. Do not at any point be tempted to buy a luggage bag that is still heavy when empty. It may look good and trendy but the consequences it may bring on you health and fitness may be dire.

Use smart packing techniques

You have to be smart when packing your luggage. As far as possible, place items in a few smaller bags and wraps instead of one large luggage carryon bag. This may take time but it is of course, convenient in the end. Then to lift the luggage, simply stand alongside it and bend at knees. Limit bending at the waist as much as you can.

Be prudent when moving

Hold your luggage close to your body. Do not twist to any angle when lifting and carrying your luggage. Simply point your toes to the direction you are heading then turn your entire body to that direction. If the luggage you are carrying is too cumbersome, get some help. Then do not rush or run when lifting or carrying your luggage carryon bag. Remember to take advantage of your airline’s baggage claim anytime you have to travel with heavier items.

Take care of your spine

This is not as hard as it sounds. The trick lies in using your hands well when pulling your carryon luggage bag. If you have two of them, distribute luggage to each evenly. This will significantly decrease stress to your spine. Less weight on both arms can reduce the risk of succumbing to what physicians refer to as the ‘suitcase elbow’ . It is a chronic condition with the same characteristics and similar conditions to the ‘tennis blow’.

Side note

The aforementioned tips will help you understand what it means to invest in a good carryon luggage bag. But the choice is always up to you. Take time to shop for the best carry on luggage bag. It may cost you much, but you certainly won’t regret buying it.

 

 

 

Concentrating more on your sore feet than your fitness routine or work you should be doing?

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FITNESS SHOESThere’s nothing that can distract you during your work day more than constantly suffering from foot pain.  All the walking or standing all day can really wear on you and distract you as well from doing what you should be.  If you are a man and have sore feet and problems with shoes, you should check out Sole of a Man and see what they have to say about your situation.  You know how hard it is, you’ve even had to change your fitness routine because sometimes after work when you head to the gym, when you change your shoes your feet hurt too much to continue and for that day your fitness regimen gets put to the side.  The last thing you want to do is change shoes and put some more stress on you feet.  You’ve had enough for the day and it’s your fitness routine that suffers.

You have shoes for work and shoes for fitness.  It works out best if you do your fitness routine first as it seems those shoes don’t cause you as much of a problem as your work shoes do.  However and unfortunately you can’t start your day with fitness, you have to put on those uncomfortable shoes and head straight to work.  Then by work day end, you’re feet are too sore and tired to carry on.

It’s time to invest some time getting information from the aforementioned areas and see if there’s a shoe out there made just for you.  Made to comfort your feet, not cause them pain.  You’d like to be able to stop skipping your fitness routine and feel like you’re walking on clouds, and not the feeling of walking barefoot on concrete that you have by the end of the day like you do lately.

Learn about what can work for you.  Know that all feet are different and different shoes fit everyone’s feet different, but there is a pair out there for you.  It’s important to know that there is relief for you out there.  There’s relief even if you are on your feet most of the day.  Don’t take another day of suffering and being uncomfortable.  You don’t have to.  It’s time to get back to where you can enjoy your job and get back to keeping fit and in shape and doing your workout, albeit walking, running, aerobics, etc.

Get your feet back into being comfortable no matter what they do.   Work or fitness, it doesn’t matter what for, it’s not right for you to be experiencing any uncomfortableness in whatever it is you do.  It’s time to get your feet issues under control, and there’s no better way to do that than to be informed and to know what it is that you can do for yourself.  The technology is out there to give you a better work day and a better fitness experience for your feet.  It’s time to start.  Don’t suffer another day.

Choose the Healthy Option with Your Baby

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These days we don’t know what’s going into our foodstuffs. Organic, free range and natural foods are so hard to come by, not to mention expensive, and the laws aren’t always clear on what is and what isn’t good for you. This nightmare becomes even worse when you start to think about how you’re going to feed your baby. Is formula really good for them? Doesn’t it contain a load of sugars that they don’t need? Is there a better way to feed your child? Well, yes, there is. You can always breast feed them. That way you know exactly what’s going in to them. And if you’re breast feeding then you need to look into the best pumps.

BREASTFEEDING

-       I Don’t Want To

Not all women are comfortable breastfeeding, and that’s ok. It can seem scary, or maybe you’ve been told formula is better. But all the evidence suggests breast feeding is good for both you and your child. At least with your own milk you’ll know what you’re putting into your child. It’s as natural, and healthy as it comes.

-       Do I Need to Pump?

Pumping isn’t a necessity, but it can lessen the challenges of breast feeding. Sometimes your baby is hungry at the least opportune moments, like when you’re out on a grocery trip and daddy is with the child, or when you’re out at a fancy restaurant for a meal in front of a bunch of strangers, or when you’re just too tired to let the baby suckle. In times like these a pump is a lifesaver, because you can fill up a few bottles and bring them with you wherever you go and let the baby use these instead.

-       Is It Painful?

A baby does not particularly care for how it treats your teats. Your child is simply hungry, and a hungry baby is a vigorous baby. Pumps are designed to be comfortable and practical. They allow you to position your breasts in and they are gentle as they extract the milk. Many are designed specifically to make the experience more natural and less awkward, which you baby is not going to do.

-       The Natural Way

Formula milk is great, but it’s expensive and at the end of the day who needs to shell out dollars for something contrived in a lab? Your own milk is the natural stuff, the healthy stuff, and your child will benefit from it far more than any factory formula.

 

Stay In Shape with Golf

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When you’re trying to get in shape most people would tell you to go running, hit the gym or take up a martial art or some other high octane activity. However, there is merit to something a little more relaxed like golf. Golf is one of those sports that takes its time, that isn’t rushed. That’s not to say it isn’t good for you. A good game of gold can lower your stress and heart rate, and with heart attacks being one of the biggest killers in the States, that can only be a good thing. Yes, do your running, do your gym routing, but don’t forget that sometimes getting out into the air for a leisurely stroll with a golf club can be as beneficial as a sprint around the block. And if you want to get into golf, then you’re going to need clubs and bags, and we know where the best golf cart bags are. golf player

-       TaylorMade SLDR Cart Bag 

The SLDR is a large, stylish and professional cart bag. It can hold up to fourteen clubs on the inside and nine on the outside, so you’ll never run out of space! It even has room for your particulars, like any valuables or lunch you might have with you. It’s got a lot of handles for ease of use and right now can be bought for under two hundred dollars, which given what this offers is a steal.

-       OGIO Chamber Cart Bag 

The OGIO comes with everything the SLDR does, including the space, the pockets for extras and the handles, but it also comes with its own unique technology. The OGIO can actually silence the clubs inside the bag so they don’t clang together which is a lifesaver for anyone who hates repetitive noise. Unfortunately, this ads to the price so you can expect to pay up to three hundred dollars for this piece of art.

-       RJ Sports EX-350 Golf Cart Bag

If you’re looking for a bag on a budget then the RJ is for you. It has fourteen slots on the inside, but not a lot on the outside and almost no space for the extras. However, it comes in a variety of colours, for the fashion conscious, and it can be bought for under a hundred dollars. If you’re looking for efficiency then this is the bag for you.