Studies have increasingly shown the importance of a regular fitness routine during pregnancy. Not only is it good for your heart and muscles, but it can help relieve some of the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy, like morning sickness, aching back, fatigue, and constipation. Some studies have even shown that being in good shape can reduce your time in labor. It can also help with weight control, so that you can keep in shape without depriving your baby of nutrition.
Protein shake – The purpose of a protein shake is to help build and repair muscle tissue. It is an important element of a healthy diet, particularly if weight lifting is part of your workout regimen. However, protein does not replenish essential nutrients lost during strenuous exercise.
Multi-vitamin – Helps replenish the vitamins and minerals in the body often depleted during exercise. As such, you need to consume the recommended daily allowance of vitamins, which is harder to do as you reduce calories. Taking a daily multivitamin helps prevent disease, maintain energy and keep your immune system strong. However, a multi-vitamin cannot be used as a meal replacement.
Shakeology – Provides a source of protein (17g) and all the benefits of a multi-vitamin, and can be used as a meal replacement, there by promoting rapid weight loss. It’s a premium meal replacement shake that combines many of nature’s most health-boosting ingredients, including real food sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, plus protein and phytonutrients to help rebuild muscle, maximize cellular health, eliminate toxins, and keep blood sugar from spiking.
As much as I love working out, I admit, I struggle with my workouts at times. But because of accountability to friends, family, and loved ones, I manage to push through and stay motivated. However, it causes me to think about the challenge of staying motivated to workout day in and day out. If I at times lack motivation, I know many of you do too. So here are my top 4 tips for staying motivated:
- Pick a form of exercise or a fitness program you love and look forward to. Your workouts have to be challenging and interesting or you won’t stick with it. As Tony Horton mentions in the article below, your workouts have to be challenging and interesting or you won’t stick with it.
When searching for a topic to post for Fitness Friday, I saw this article and knew it was an important one to share. With the steady incline in obesity rates for both children and adults, I’m ecstatic that fitness has become the “in thing to do”. Sure, we all want to look good, but improved and sustained health is the true benefit of maintaining an active lifestyle.
That being said, people see infomercials on TV for popular fitness programs like P90X, Insanity, TurboFire, etc. and want to jump right in hopes of getting in shape as fast as possible. However, attempting to go from a couch potato to a fitness guru overnight can lead to muscle/joint strain, burnout, injury or worse. If you’ve led a pretty sedentary lifestyle and are not used to exercising, it may be better to start slowly with light to moderate aerobic exercise to get your heart, joints and muscles prepared for a more vigorous exercise or weight lifting program.
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