Workout Wednesday #16: 5 Best Leg Exercises For Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a wondrous and beautiful thing.

It is also full of unwanted, yet needed, weight gain. Gaining weight is big part of pregnancy that women dread. We all fear ending up with a flabby booty or discovering that we now have thunder thighs and cankles rather calves AND ankles.

While the weight gain is important for your growing baby, it can be rather stressful for the mom to be. One way to combat this anxiety is to work on firming up your body. It isn’t terribly safe to try to burn off fat while building a baby, however, toning and shaping your muscles is a great way to build confidence in yourself and keep your body strong and shapely.

Legs, especially the thighs, get hit particularly hard when women are pregnant as the hormone estrogen causing more weight gain in this area. However, there are 5, easy exercises that you can do to combat this issue. Continue reading “Workout Wednesday #16: 5 Best Leg Exercises For Pregnancy”

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Take the Boredom Out of Summer with Avid4 Adventure Camps!

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Summer is almost here! YIPPEE!

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a break from the school grind as much, if not more than my kids! No more homework, no nagging about projects or paying attention in math….

There is one thing about summer I don’t look forward to, however. Five whiny little voices complaining that they are bored; “There’s nothing to do!” “It’s too hot to play outside” “There’s nothing fun to do!”

Ugh! This drives me nuts. I want my children to play outside, to be adventurous and learn from their environment. I want them to scrape their knees, climb trees, make friends, and BE CHILDREN for Pete’s sake!

The solution? Avid4 Adventure Camps throughout Colorado and California! You can sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873 Now! If you need more convincing, read on to see what these amazing camps will do for your children!

This isn’t your average summer camp of crafts and lame field trips. These camps provide exciting experiences that will create lasting memories as well as bonding friendships and tons of stories to tell!  From hiking and biking to rafting and horseback riding, your kids will have the time of their lives!

Check out this amazing video about Avid4 Adventure Camps!

Aside from getting kids off the couch and away from their gaming consoles, these camps are also providing valuable life skills for children.

Trying new things, things that may have seemed a bit scary and out reach before camp, empowers children to continue to take risks in life, to break out of the mold and be whoever THEY want to be.  Trying new things inspires confidence and courage, giving children an inner strength that many seem to lack in today’s world.

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As a parent who was once a child lacking in confidence, the one thing I want to instill in my children is self assurance and pride in their accomplishments. Avid4 Adventures is the place for my child to bolster these skills or to start learning them if they haven’t already!

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With options for 1st-11th graders your child will find their niche and gain confidence in their abilities, physically and emotionally with these camps. Children can also choose to join a camp that explores multiple sports or focuses on one, they can choose to join an overnight camping team or participate with other children who return home each evening to boast of their amazing feats!

With locations for Colorado Day camps in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Denver, Lafayette, and Castle Rock. Overnight camps in Bailey and Evergreen, and locations in California in Santa Cruz, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Oakland, Campbell, Moraga and Walnut Creek your child will find the summer adventure of their lives!

Learn more today and sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873

With so many adventures I was particularly impressed by the camps’ approach to safety and vigilance over the children they are entrusted with. I take my children’s safety seriously and they do too! Read their approach to safety HERE.

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Ten, 10 Minute Workouts To Jump Start Your Fitness

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There are some days where I just don’t have the time or energy to put in a 30 minute workout. Works, kids, traffic, errands, LIFE gets in the way of my workout time.

However, I find that my mood, my emotional wellness, and my physical energy levels are effected negatively if I skip my fitness routine. I need a little fitness to jump start my day.

Therefore, on those busy days where i just can’t seem to find time for a full workout, I have found that doing ten minutes here and ten minutes there, does the trick. The following 10 videos are 10 minute workouts that you can start and end your day with. Give your morning a jump start and finish of the day with a little pick me up! Continue reading “Ten, 10 Minute Workouts To Jump Start Your Fitness”

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April’s Featured Trainer on Workout Wednesday’s!

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Hello again from Workout Wednesday’s!

March has flown by and we have straight into April.  A new month means a new Featured YouTube Trainer! So far this year we have focused on female trainers, Tiffany Rothe and Josephine from Gymra, so today I have decided we need a male presence in our workout lives!

Just a reminder that my Featured Trainers are coaches on YouTube, meaning you don’t have to travel to a gym or worry about any fees to do a workout! All you need is a small amount of space (about 4×6 feet minimum) and, for some routines, a set of dumbbells available at your local superstore like Walmart, Target, etc. Continue reading “April’s Featured Trainer on Workout Wednesday’s!”

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Workout Wednesday #10: 10 Minute Body Weight Workout

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Welcome to Workout Wednesday #10! I can’t believe we have already made it to March 2017!

Hopefully your fitness goals for this year are coming along nicely! Sadly, my own goals have gone off track a bit as I have found out I am pregnant another baby and have a wretched case of morning sickness that lasts all day! Vomiting and working out are a big ole faux pax so I am taking some time off until the wretching ceases.

However, that doesn’t mean I am stopping the workout motivation! I can’t wait to get back into the fitness saddle so I am keeping up with Workout Wednesday’s!

This week I am bringing you a 10 minute, body weight workout. That means no dumbbells, no kettlebells, no bars. Just you and a tiny bit of your time! Continue reading “Workout Wednesday #10: 10 Minute Body Weight Workout”

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Workout Wednesday #8: Fitness Through Sickness

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I think by now everyone knows that when your body is healthy your mind will follow. You will be less prone to depression, injury and illness.

Nevertheless, germs are freaking everywhere! Between snotty kids, less than cleanly co-workers, and dirty doorknobs EVERYWHERE, everyone is bound to get sick at some point.

Think you had a hard time motivating yourself to workout when you were well? Try getting yourself geared up for a jog or a jot at the gym with a killer cold!

Here’s the thing though, you NEED to continue your workout routine through the sickness. Not only will it actually help you beat the germs faster, kind of like sweating out toxins, but you will feel better after a good hard routine.

There are, of course, some exceptions. If you are nauseous or, God forbid, have jumped straight into vomiting hell, you get a workout pass.  Barfing on the gym floor is bad form. 

Also any chest cold that causes a cough hard enough to create difficulty breathing or asthma like symptoms; you can rest on the couch for a day or so. There will be no dying while working out.

Another one to sit out for is a fever. If you are already running hot you should not get your body temperature even higher with a workout.

Everyone else, strap on your tennis shoes and get a  move on!

I have done plenty of workout outs where I am forced to pause to blow my nose constantly, or cough up a bit of phlegm mid jump rope. Power through my friend.

Yes, it’s gonna suck some serious arse while you do it, but you and your body will feel better for pushing through the burn.

You also don’t have to do your usual routine on a super sick day. You should absolutely try to, but if you just can’t manage it, take it down a notch. Take a jaunty walk around the block or do a in indoor walking workout like the one below from Jessica Smith.

There are plenty of low impact exercises you can do through illness that will still work your body but make you fell less like you want to die.

Another idea is to simply do a “Bro-Lift” day.  Rather than doing high impact HIIT, interval workouts, or compound movements designed to work your muscles while getting your heart rate up, plan on some general lifting moves. Try doing 4 rounds of 25 Bicep Curls, 25 overhead presses, 25 slow squats, 25 hammer curls,  and 25 tricep dips (or press backs). Take a good 2-3 minute break in between rounds so your heart rate doesn’t skyrocket.

Don’t get me wrong, this will get your heart going, but it will do so in less of a cardio fashion that can exacerbate a bad cold.

You can also go for a round of good old fashioned Yoga. I’m not much of a yoga fan, myself. I prefer getting my heart up rather than trying to calm it down. However, there was about a week in October of last year where I was wretchedly ill and just couldn’t do anything bouncy, so I gave it a try. I must admit that, though I prefer a different style of exercise, my muscles still got a good push from this form of fitness. The video below was one of one my favorites.

I know you don’t want to focus on fitness during your sickness. However it is important to continue to mold your body. Push yourself through the hard times and you will see results both in your physical strength and your body’s ability fight germs in the future.

In the past two years, as my husband and I have taken our fitness more seriously, we have seen a massive reduction in the amount of illness we contract and also in the time it takes to recover when we do get sick. With 5 kids bringing home nastiness, CONSTANTLY, this is a big win for us.

So grab a box of tissues and your gym bag, it’s “fitness through sickness” time!

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