Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: An Essential Mental Shift to Getting Back to Exercise (Part 3 of 6)

Now that we've talked about why postpartum exercises is so different and why we really need to pay attention to that difference, we have to talk about the mental factor of this entire process. And let me tell you, 'mental' can be the hardest part of all. I know the hit-the-ground-running instinct all too well. I did it myself after my first son, with disastrous results. (I learned my lesson the hard ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: Why you must address issues from pregnancy and childbirth NOW (Part 2 of 6)

In Part 1 of this blog series we talked about why postpartum exercise is so different than 'regular' exercise. Yes, it's different. But what happens if you don't actually DO things differently? Well...potentially a lot. Now,we are not trying to freak you out here. This is not a life-or-death situation, but it is something that can change how your physical body feels for the rest of your life. Imagine this - using the ...

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Redefining Your Postpartum Journey: Why Postpartum Exercise is so Different Than ‘Regular’ Exercise (Part 1 of 6)

When I had my first son in 2013, I thought the healing process would be relatively easy. I was fit, I worked out through my entire pregnancy and did 'all the things' I was supposed to do. And it's my profession, so why wouldn't it be easy? But when it was time to jump back in, boy was I dead wrong. Fast forward many years and another child later, and my approach ...

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Progress, Not Perfection

It can be tempting to want to do all the preparations, all the practices, all the reading, (all the sleeping!) right this red hot minute. But the reality is we simply do not want everything we've ever wanted or ever will want all at once. Like our Thanksgiving dinner, it's the small bites of different flavors throughout the day, the myriad of conversations, the variety of experiences that each hour of ...

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Fit in your workouts without anxiety

I have to be honest. Finding time to workout is one of my BIGGEST challenges...and I teach other people how to workout it for a living! So when a client or student tells me they didn't have time to work out, I get it. I totally GET IT.⁣ ⁣ Obviously there is an entire conversation to be had around making it a priority, but today we're going to chat about some ...

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Pro-Tip: How to get back to swimming in postpartum

  Swimming is an awesome way to exercise in postpartum. It feels soooo good to float and glide in the water! No wonder our babies love being in the womb so much. :) Here are a few notes to remember when you start swimming post-baby: 🏊‍ Keep your ribs down as you pull your arm overhead (ribs tend to flare out when we lift our arms overhead, which causes the intra-abdominal pressure to ...

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Pro-tip: Getting the Most Out of Your Elliptical Workout in Postpartum

In our book, no exercise is off-limits in postpartum. HOWEVER, doing an exercise safely within your current strength range and progressing well is the key to making it work for you. ‍ Ready to get back to elliptical training? Here are a few tips to keeping your postpartum recovery moving along while you work on that endurance (ehem...which we neeeeeed to chase around these little bear cubs all day long! ?) ‍ ? Lean ...

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The 6 Biggest Weight-loss & Health Mistakes New Moms Make (and How To Avoid Them)

We totally understand the desire to get back to feeling strong and fit after having a baby. However, when it comes to weight loss after having a baby, there are many factors at play. When you have a new and growing baby, you’re dealing with a host of life changes beyond just the care of your little one. Things like: * Irregular sleep    * Constantly changing schedules    * Fluctuating hormones    * Roller ...

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Have the confidence to go beyond hesitation

When we are unsure of how things are going to turn out, we hesitate. Hesitation can be the difference between deciding to run with your kids...or not, because you're afraid you'll pee. Or dancing at your cousin's wedding...or not, because you doubt you can really dance without pain. Or going to the beach with your family and feeling confident...or not, because your body still doesn't feel like your own after having ...

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Super Easy Homemade Almond Milk

We go through 2 gallons of almond milk a week in our house. We put it in hot and iced coffee, on cereal, in tea and in smoothies, not to mention cooking with and drinking it. So when I heard there may be issues with carrageenan, an seaweed-derived additive that is used in a lot of non-milk milks (among other things), I decided it was time to try making my ...

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