Tips from a Fit Mom: Amber Reece-Young

 We are extremely pleased to introduce you to one of the newest members of our Fit Mom Ambassadors, Amber Reece-Young.  Amber is a champion trial runner, school nurse and expecting mom.  All in a day’s work!  Keep reading to learn more about Amber and for her tips on staying fit through your pregnancy.

Fit Mom Amber Reece-Young finishes strong!

Photo by: Go Run Trails Amber finishes the Lake James trail 5k 1st place overall (men & women) at 28 weeks pregnant.

I’m Amber Reece-Young and I’m thrilled to be a For Two Fitness Ambassador.  As of April 22, 2015, I am 37 weeks pregnant and excited to have my first child. I’m a school health nurse and an elite trail runner.  I’ve always been active and a promoter of healthy lifestyles.  I have been blessed to represent the USA five times for trail and mountain running and enjoy the running lifestyle.  I have been lucky to have a low risk pregnancy and have been able to continue to train and race throughout the pregnancy.

I hope to inspire other pregnant women to continue their sport and activity (under the care and approval of their doctor, of course).  I had to convince my own family and friends that to continue my active, running lifestyle was the best thing for me and baby Willow. There’s so many misconceptions and fears related to remaining active and it took some convincing.  My family and friends have came to understand that remaining active has in fact been the best thing for me and Willow.

The main tips that I offer to other pregnant women runners is:

  • Fit Mom Amber Reece-Young running the trails at 30-weeks pregnant.

    Photo by: Chris Reece-Young. Amber running on her favorite trails at 30 weeks pregnant.

    Get clearance from your doctor

  • Stay cool and do not overheat
  • Listen to your body. Never run through pain, cramps or dizziness.
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Wear a maternity belly support during runs
  • If you can’t breathe, baby can’t breathe so keep it at a pace that you are able to talk
  • Take extra safety precautions (carry fluids, extra gel & cell phone just in case)

5 Celebrity Babies We Can’t Wait to Meet

The photo is everywhere: a proud, dewy-faced Jessica Biel showing off adorable new baby Silas Randall Timberlake. The world has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Justin Jr., and Baby Timberlake did not disappoint! Silas is only the first in a line of babies making an appearance over the coming months. Let’s countdown five of our favorite celebrity mamas-to-be.

 

Celebrity babies

Justin and Jessica are parents!

 

1.Kate Middleton

By the time this blog hits the internet, there may already be a new prince or princess in town! His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge — AKA George — is getting a new sibling any day now, and the world is watching and wondering whether team pink or team blue will come out ahead.

According to Hello Magazine, the famously fit princess’s commitment to fitness doesn’t slow down in pregnancy, and includes everything from pre-natal yoga to walking the royal dog, Lupo.

2. Zooey Deschanel

Forget about the New Girl….it’s all about the New Baby! The phrase “adorkable,” was coined in Zooey Deschanel’s honor, so it’s only reasonable to expect that her baby with producer Jacob Pechenik will be equally squee-worthy.

Deschanel is not immune to typical pregnancy woes: the star recently revealed that she’s missing sushi, soft cheese, wine and coffee. So is Deschanel having a new girl or new boy later this summer? She told Jimmy Kimmel, “We are gonna be surprised. It’s more fun. Make it into a game!”

The best part? Deschanel’s sister Bones star Emily Deschanel is also pregnant and we all know what that means … .cousins!

3. Keira Knightley

This classic British beauty and blockbuster film star is showing off a beautiful baby belly these days. And while celebrities are notoriously quiet about their due dates to keep away the paparazzi at baby time, most onlookers suggest the arrival of the newest honorary “Pirate of the Caribbean” is a matter of days.

And that begs the real question: will Johnny Depp be godfather?

4. Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Criminal Minds star will soon have a Party of Four of her own. She and her husband Brian Hallisay are adding a new baby to the family later this year to join 16-month-old sister Autumn. While Hewitt is remaining in the dark about the baby’s gender, we’d just like to point out that “Bailey,” works equally well for boys and girls.

Like Biel — who stayed fit throughout her pregnancy by walking, hiking, stretching and yoga well into her third trimester, Hewitt is committed to enjoying a healthy pregnancy. The actress recently told American Baby that she loves being pregnant, and also offered an important reminder, “Because so many of us are busy or driven, we forget to take care of ourselves. But when you’re pregnant, it’s all about you — and that baby inside of you.” Eating well, sleeping, and exercising are all part of this very important equation.

Hewitt’s hubby is also on board. The star recently Tweeted a selfie of herself showing off some new bling. The caption? “#ProudMomClub@PushGift.”

5. Naya Rivera

She can dance. She can sing. And she can deliver some serious snark. What’s next on the list for the former Glee star? Being a mom! She and her husband Ryan Dorsey added their names to the list of celebrity parents-to-be when she revealed the news on her website at the end of February. “We’re having a baby! Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family.”

 

Celebrity babies

The television triple-threat is now working out for two!

 

Stay tuned to the ForTwoFitness blog for more up-to-date information on all things pregnancy, baby and motherhood. And don’t forget to check out our line of bump-celebrating joyful maternity activewear!

4 Things to Keep in Mind During Your Maternity Workout

Most pregnant women are well aware of the innumerable benefits of keeping fit throughout pregnancy. A consistent maternity workout routine can help to keep both you and your baby happy and healthy. Nonetheless, there are certain precautions that are important to consider prior to starting a workout regiment, as well as things to be mindful of throughout your workout routine.

Maternity workout

Always Consult Your Physician

Be sure to talk with your doctor before beginning any new workout routine. Discuss any medical concerns you may have such as abnormal blood pressure, vaginal bleeding, or early contractions. Should any of these warning signs arise throughout your workouts, stop and call your physician immediately. Work with your doctor to figure out an appropriate workout plan specific to your needs. Keep in mind that your workout routine will likely change as you get further along in your pregnancy, and you need to be ready to adapt to less intense workouts as your pregnancy progresses.

Stay Hydrated and Nourished

You’re now eating for two, and it’s important to keep this in mind while exercising. Workouts can burn a lot of calories quickly, meaning you’ll need extra micronutrients and macronutrients to replenish those that are lost through exercise. Opt for nutritious, filling, and protein-dense food sources, as well as ample fruits and vegetables. Additionally, hydration is key to any workout and can help you to feel better and more energetic. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, fatigue, and irritability. Electrolytes will help to facilitate hydration more effectively, as they enable the body to retain more water. Consuming coconut water, sports drinks, or a nutritious banana can help to replenish electrolytes.

Maternity workout

Image courtesy of tiverylucky/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Don’t Overdo It

In the early stages of pregnancy, you may feel more confident doing harder workout routines. However, by your second trimester, it’s important to decrease the intensity of exercise. Avoid pushing yourself too hard, and always discontinue the workout as soon as you feel you’ve had enough. If you begin to feel lightheaded, short of breath, unusually tired, or have pain in your pelvis or back, your body is telling you to take a break.

Exercises you should avoid

Some exercises simply aren’t safe for pregnant women, particularly those in their second or third trimester.

• Avoid exercises that require you to lie flat on your back.
• Avoid exercises that are high risk and could result in serious injury, such as biking, roller blading, or downhill skiing.
• Avoid exercises that include bouncing or sudden movements, as this could create unforeseen trauma for your unborn baby.

Basically, utilize common sense when choosing a workout routine. Exercises that contain known risks should be put on hold until the baby has been safely delivered.

Your maternity workout routine is a critical part of keeping both you and your unborn baby happy. However, it is equally critical to understand your limitations before embarking on any exercise regiment. Never hesitate to end a workout early if it’s beginning to feel like too much, and reach out to your doctor whenever you have any questions or concerns. For frequent updates on the latest workout advice and other maternity news, subscribe to our newsletter.

Meet Jacinta Aalsma, a new For Two Fitness Ambassador

Jacinta Aalsma yoga poseWe are always pleased to introduce you to another inspirational Ambassador.  This week, we bring you Jacinta Aalsma all the way from New Zealand.  Keep reading to find out more about this spectacular fit mom-to-be!

Jacinta is a passionate yoga teacher, yogini, writer, health promoter and nature lover, who lives in the beautiful New Zealand. Originally from the Netherlands, Jacinta moved from The Netherlands to New Zealand to join her kiwi partner and she hasn’t looked back. They are expecting their first child in August and they can’t be more exciting about becoming parents! She is super thrilled to be a For Two Fitness Ambassador and share her pregnancy and fitness for two journey with others.

Jacinta Aalsma handstand yoga poseJacinta has always been very active and drawn to the outdoors. She loves to explore the beautiful hikes and walks New Zealand is rich and has a daily yoga and meditation practice. She has been brought up with the practice of yoga through her mum, a yoga teacher herself and therefore has been practicing yoga since her early teenage years. She loves teaching yoga and meditation classes and inspire people to take care of their health and wellbeing. Her wellbeing philosophy is all about balance and finding an enjoyable way to be active.

Jacinta also loves to write about her yoga, meditation and health experiences on her website: yogalove.co.nz and share inspiration on Instagram @jacintaaalsma and Facebook @YogaLoveNZ. She enjoys connecting with other like-minded people and be informed and inspired by many wise & inspirational souls around the world.

jacinta aalsma yoga seated goddess poseJacinta is also a certified Journey Practitioner (a powerful healing method) and feels honoured to share this beautiful work with others. Their first baby is due the 4th of August 2015 and Jacinta is planning to continue her yoga practice and hiking till the end, of course the baby’s and mum’s health comes first. At the moment she is preparing herself for a home-water birth through the technique of hypnobirthing.

Tips & Ideas for Decorating a Nursery for Two

Twice the hugs. Twice the kisses. Twice all of the amazing firsts. Being a mama-to-be of multiples is twice the fun, but it also takes twice the planning — particularly when it comes to decorating a nursery for twins. Don’t run out and buy two of everything just yet! Instead, read these tips and tricks for designing a fun and functional nursery which accommodates your two precious new family members without maxing out your space or budget.

Decorating a nursery

Storage Matters

Making room for two babies — and all of their stuff — can be overwhelming, but the gear, toys and clothing don’t have to take over your home. Choosing the right furniture and incorporating ample storage goes a long way to controlling clutter and optimizing square footage.

Begin by looking for multi-purpose furniture. Today’s innovative designs include cribs that transition to beds and dressers which double as changing tables. Choosing furniture in a more sophisticated color scheme can also help it grow with your babies.

Bins, baskets and other storage items work wonders for containing burp cloths, socks, onesies, diapers and other small baby items. Be sure to designate a space for each necessity to avoid a jumbled up mess.

One easy way to battle space constraints? Think up. When floor space is at a premium, vertical shelving offers an abundance of extra room. Tall furniture and wall-mounted shelving are simple ways to maximize space. However, be sure to adequately anchor these pieces to the wall to avoid safety hazards.

While you want the room to look pretty, it’s also essential to think practically: as the room fills up with more and more baby belongings, you’ll be glad to have the right storage mechanisms in place.

Twice the Style

While your twins might not be able to object to matchy-matchy style now, it won’t be long before they are eager embrace their own unique sense of style. Rather than risk a redo in the short-run, prioritize individuality when designing the nursery.

Some parents choose to assign each baby a signature color. From wall palettes to gear, color-coding not only helps you keep items organized, but also gives growing kids a sense of ownership. Others choose to embrace their twins’ uniqueness by decorating in a twin theme, such as Thing #1 and Thing #2 from Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.”

Decorating a nursery

…But Not Twice the Gear
Keep in mind that decorating for twins doesn’t mean automatically buying two of everything. Nursery furniture like changing tables and rockers can do double-duty for twins. Since infant clothing is small and takes up little drawer space, a single dresser is usually all that’s needed.

Twins can even share a crib if space is tight. After all, they’ve been sharing a womb for nine months! In fact, many twin parents report that their babies sleep better together.

While you will eventually have to invest in beds and furniture for each child, waiting to make these major purchases saves money and space in the short-term while also allowing you to invest in more grown-up pieces down the road.

Decorating a nursery for twins can take a little extra planning, but the result can be twice the magic! If you’re a mom of multiples, share your decorating ideas and suggestions in the comments below. And remember, whether your goal is to stay up to date on pregnancy stories and ideas or you’re shopping for quality maternity exercise clothes, we’re here for you. Be sure to bookmark the blog and visit often.

A Guide to Navigating Life As a Fit Mom

Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement, uncertainty, and change.  And, for many expecting moms, pregnancy is accompanied by an inundation of unsolicited advice from friends, acquaintances, and even strangers.   Many moms wonder how to respond to unsolicited suggestions gracefully.   Our Ambassador Lindsay Sanii gives her best advice on dealing with critics and being true to yourself.  

You Are The Sole Proprietor Of Your Mind, Body and Soul: A Guide to Navigating Life As a Fit Mom by Lindsay Sanii

“How can she be so foolish?! Doesn’t she know running during pregnancy will hurt the baby?” “Excuse me mam, you should really take it easy. Lifting weights isn’t good for pregnant women”. “Wow, doesn’t she know that drinking coffee could cause her a miscarriage?!” “What a selfish woman, putting her vanity before the baby.” “I know a man who is a doctor and he said that what you’re doing is not healthy for you or your baby.”

Are you cringing yet? Then I suspect you are a mom and you’ve been bombarded with commentary such as this at least a dozen times before.

IMG_6613No matter what you do, if you’re a woman (especially a mother), you’re doing it wrong. “It” being anything at all, of course. If you’re overweight you’re doing it wrong. If you’re thin, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re not exercising during pregnancy, you’re hurting your unborn child. If you exercise during pregnancy, you’re hurting your unborn child. If you’re a mother, you find yourself questioning every single decision you make, not because you doubt yourself, but because you know the piranhas are out there waiting to shred your ideas and practices into bits and pieces. Rather than following her maternal instincts, a mother weighs her choices against the critics’ opinions – those critics being just about everyone, from close acquaintances to complete strangers.

So what is a mother to do? I actually have an answer for this in my three simple fit mom rules to live by.

1. Do WHATEVER it is that makes YOU feel good.  

You must be brave enough to follow your gut and make your own decisions based on what you know is right, because no matter what choices you make, they will always be wrong in the eyes of someone else. Learning to hold your ground is a giant step toward living a free life.

2. Ignore the OPINIONATERS 

inspirational pregnancy adviceIf you’re always looking to do “the right thing”and win majority opinion, you will lose your SELF and be eaten up by the “opinionaters” (my term for those who will kill your spirit with their opinions if you let them).

During my first pregnancy, I maintained a fitness routine that included at least 4 days of spin classes per week, which I partnered with some light weight lifting, body weight training and stretching up until about four weeks before my daughter was born, at which point my body just told me to slow down. In exchange, I took 5+ mile walks with my husband, followed by a short series of lunges and squats, right up until delivery day. I didn’t have a single complication during my pregnancy, and I vaginally delivered a strong and healthy nine pound baby, who is today a toddler genius (if you ask her mom and dad ;-) ).

3. Listen to your body. It really knows you best. 

Given that I’m now a stay at home mom, I don’t have the luxury of running out to the gym. Therefore, I design home workouts. I log a few slow paced miles on the treadmill, and I have been on a DIY yoga crusade since the beginning of my third trimester. If you’ve seen my Instagram @shemomfit, you’ll note that I’m experimenting with new yoga poses daily. Everything from your basic downward dog to head stands and handstands. “Woa! You’re standing on your head while pregnant?! Isn’t that BAD?” Yes, I sure am. Why? Because it feels good. And according to many yogis, there are tremendous benefits to inverting during pregnancy (Yoga Rahasya volume B, p.29). Of course, like any other exercise, there is a plethora of arguments for and against this practice, which is why I make decisions not solely based on medical opinion, but maternal instinct.

inspirational pregnancy yoga pose

Yesterday I visited my OB for my 31 week checkup. My baby is growing beautifully, he’s already cozied into the correct head-down position for his grand entry, and my fluid levels are looking great. Departing words from my doc: “Keep doing whatever it is you’re doing”. Ahhh, I wish everyone was as supportive as my OB. But since the reality of our world as women, as mothers, is quite the contrary, we will just have to get comfortable making our own choices based on our own expertise – that which comes with being the sole proprietor of your own mind, body and soul.

More about Lindsay:pregnancy inspiration  Lindsay is a full-time mom with a boisterous tot in tow and a baby on the way. Her part-time passion project is inspiring moms of all shapes and sizes to meet their health and fitness goals, and to look and feel their best before and after baby. She infuses components of her background as a childhood ballerina, personal trainer, yoga enthusiast and aspiring runner to her roster of pre and post-natal workout combinations. You can read more from Lindsay at SheMomFit.

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5 Fabulous Reasons to Give Maternity Yoga a Go

Maternity yoga

Maternity yoga, or yoga done during the course of your pregnancy, is a safe way to exercise and can actually help prepare the body for childbirth. If you’re looking for a way to stay fit or to increase your fitness level safely during pregnancy, read on for some great reasons to give maternity yoga a try.

1) It gives you a chance to focus on you.

As your pregancy progresses, you will naturally find yourself thinking more and more about the life inside you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with planning, preparing or even just worrying about all the things that could possibly go wrong. The breathing and centering techniques yoga teaches will focus you back on what your body is feeling and what it needs from you to be relaxed and ready to take on the challenges of parenthood confidently.

2) It helps the body prepare physically for childbirth – and beyond.

According to FitPregnancy.com, regular practice of yoga poses over the months leading up to childbirth will strengthen many of the muscles that will be needed when the time comes to give birth, as well as increase stamina that may be needed for the labor process. That doesn’t mean you won’t have the strength to give birth without taking yoga classes, but yoga may make the whole process less of a strain on the body, and you may bounce back quicker afterward and have more energy to make it through sleep interruptions and carrying baby and equipment around everywhere you go.

3) It improves circulation and releases tension in the body.

The poses involved in yoga increase circulation within the joints as the muscles are moved and stretched, FitPregnancy says. Enhanced circulation decreases swelling in the body and improves immune system function, all of which helps with the strain put on the body during pregnancy. Additionally, the poses release tension that can cause discomfort in the lower back, legs, and neck so that you can be more comfortable as the pregancy progresses.

Maternity yoga

4) It improves posture.

Pregnancy can bring challenges even to those with the best posture, and posture isn’t likely to improve after childbirth while constantly lifting a newborn, not to mention carrying a newborn around in a carseat or sling. Jyothi Larson, author of Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby, says that maternity yoga will help with awareness of good posture, which will help during and after the pregnancy.

5) It provides a community of support.

Joining a maternity yoga class will help you get to know other moms-to-be who also want to be fit and healthy during their pregnancies. Developing friendships with other expecting moms can give you a place to vent, get information, and just feel understood by others in your situation.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Maternity yoga should not be practiced without a doctor’s okay. Certain poses such as those lying on the back for extended periods and certain types of yoga like “hot yoga” (Bikram yoga) are not recommended during pregnancy. Gentle poses are best, with support from yoga straps or blocks during the second and third trimesters. Always follow your doctor’s advice and practice with a yoga teacher who is experienced in maternity yoga.

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Be a Better Mom With This Surprising Tip

We are pleased to bring you this guest post from Ambassador Shira Nelson.  Struggling to find balance between work and family and find time for yourself? In this post, Shira writes about how focusing on you can help make you a happier, healthier and better mom.

If you don’t take care of you, who will?

Being a mom is a gift. It is by far the most rewarding job in the world. It is also completely selfless. I remember when I first became pregnant. All of a sudden, my decisions were no IMG_1220longer just about me and what I wanted. I was already thinking of that little person inside. The choices I made were not just about me, they were about what was best for my little girl that I was growing. Those thoughts have continued as I raise my toddler and begin my journey into my second pregnancy.

We all want the best for our children. I truly believe that we as moms want to give, nurture and take care of our children the best we can. While some days are harder than others, just knowing that we are in fact doing our best makes our “job” a little less scary.

Part of being the best mom or “mom to be” you can be is learning how to take care of you. I know it sounds impossible for some, because where do you find the time? Or maybe it seems selfish? We have worked all day and then come home to workout and not spend every second we have with our kids? Or what about the household chores? How will we do that too? I get that.

Being a mom involves going through each day doing everything for everyone else and never stopping to think about yourself. For whatever reasons, life gets in the way and we immediately put ourselves on the back burner.

But what about us? If we don’t take care of us, then who will? Do we just hope that we can make it through being tired, feeling frumpy and eating whatever? Do we hope that our kids will grow up to eat healthy and see exercise as a way of life if we don’t put it on our list of priorities? Do we hope that the baby we are growing inside will be just as healthy without us taking time to exercise?

Does it work that way?

I think it’s important to note that we all have the same amount of time in the day. While each person has a different set of circumstances, there is some truth to the fact that we make time for what matters.

Taking care of you is by far the best thing you can do for your baby, your kids, and your family. We all know how we feel when we exercise. We get that endorphin high, that energy burst, and an overall feeling of happiness. While we can easily try to push those feelings aside when we don’t have time, we definitely notice a difference in our mood, our patience and our ability to keep up with our kids when we take care of us.

What does taking care of us mean?

When I mention the healthy mom lifestyle or fit pregnancy, I am not talking about prepping food for hours, or spending an hour in the gym. I am talking about doing simple daily tasks that help you be a fit and healthy mom right now wherever you are in your journey. You can be both of those without much extra time.

I am all about balance during pregnancy and motherhood. It’s kind of cliche because most moms would say the one thing they struggle with most is balance.  When you do find that balance between obsession and not doing anything, you begin to see that taking care of you is not as “scary” as it sounds.

For me and the thousands of moms I work with, the key is setting small goals and being consistent. Choosing one realistic task to focus on everyday. And then adding another when the first one becomes habit. Taking the timeline and expectation of where you *think* you need to be and do whats works for you and your life.

Here are three very simple tasks to try. Each task will help you move towards having a “fit” pregnancy and becoming a mom “beyond baby.”

  1. Aim for a minimum of 3 liters of water everyday.
  2. Prioritize protein. We as women need protein. It also helps keep us satiated and feeling full longer. Focus on getting your protein at every meal.
  3. Be realistic with your exercise goals. Having a fit pregnancy is not about doing as much as you can. It is about finding that balance between being safe and doing effective exercises for you and baby. And as a new mom, don’t stress. Grab a pair of dumbbells at home, take a walk and focus on movement. You have your whole life to get your body back.

Highlands Ranch PhotographerMore from Shira: Hi, I’m Shira Nelson. I am a mom to a toddler with #2 on the way, a wife, and full time business owner (mompreneur) over at Mom Beyond Baby. When I am not chasing my toddler, I am teaching group fitness classes and running my online business (my other “baby”). My passion is teaching expecting, new, and busy moms how to make themselves a priority through hormonal fat loss coaching and efficient exercise. I specialize in helping moms around the world create a plan that works with their lifestyle so that fat loss and the healthy mom lifestyle become an effortless part of their life. You can grab a free healthy mom handbook at shiranelsoncoaching.com and find everything for a mom “beyond baby” on my website at shiranelson.com. I also share tons of workouts, fat loss tips and of course pictures of my “real” life on Instagram @mombeyondbaby and on my Facebook page facebook.com/mombeyondbaby.

Choosing Baby Strollers: Consider Your Needs

Choosing baby strollersChoosing the right baby stroller will make the early years of parenting a walk in the park. The right stroller serves as an extra hand, assisting you during newborn calming walks, fitness training sessions for two, traveling with multiples, and more. There’re several different aspects you’ll want to explore to ensure the stroller you choose is the right one for both safety and travel needs.

Safety First

Before exploring additional options, you’ll want to choose a baby stroller with the appropriate safety features. Experts say that safe baby strollers should be solid in build, and the wheels must be on a wide base. The solid build and wide base ensures stability with the stroller. You can test the stroller’s stability by pushing down lightly on the handles. When light pressure is applied to the handles of the baby stroller, it shouldn’t tip backward. The stroller should also have a T-shaped belt buckle, locking front wheels, and breaks on the back as part of its safety profile.

Grow with me

When first buying a stroller, it’s likely you’re purchasing for a newborn, which will require a lot of extra head support. While there are strollers designed specific to newborn babies, you can also opt for a grow with me option that will save you the hassle of choosing a new baby stroller model a year down the road. A grow with me stroller will offer different sized belt buckle options along with various levels of support through a fully adjustable seat.

Three’s a crowd

If you have more than one baby, you will want to choose a stroller that’s equipped to handle your small crowd. With strollers designed to hold up to six children at one time (hey, it happens!) finding a dual-design stroller that offers the features you’re looking for shouldn’t be difficult. Experts say that parents should opt for tandem models (one child sits in front of the older), rather than side to side models, as these are easier to operate.

Baby’s Day Out

How you’ll be using your baby stroller is one of the most important aspects to weigh while searching for the perfect ride. Even the most high-tech stroller filled with the latest features won’t be useful if it’s not equipped for your everyday use. While there’s a variety of additional features you can opt for when buying your baby stroller, choosing the right basic style will ensure your stroller is ready to go where you are.

Choosing baby strollers

 

If you’re always on the go, an umbrella stroller is the perfect match. These strollers are light and can fit pretty much anywhere during storage. Opt for a model that fully reclines, as it can both support your newborn’s fragile head and turn into an upright chair to provide comfort for your toddler.

For moms who travel with a ton of backup supplies and who may need some extra space for their own belongings, a full-sized traditional stroller is likely the best option. A full-sized traditional offers various areas of storage space where you can keep all of your belongings while out and about with the baby.

Choosing baby strollers

 

Moms who are working to stay fit can benefit from a jogging stroller. A jogging stroller is designed to keep up with you during any workout. From blazing trails to bike paths, the active mom will find the jogging stroller to be their perfect post-pregnancy companion. You can even pick out some stylish maternity workout clothes to supercharge your jogging stroller workouts, while maximizing comfort.

Conclusion

Once you’ve decided on the baby stroller features that match your needs, consider any additional perks that are not necessary for travel or safety, but important to you, this includes things like an extra cup holder for mom. With the various styles available on the market today, all it takes is a little research and brainstorming to find the perfect set of wheels for you and your new addition. Share this post on your social media site to help other moms find their perfect stroller!

Beat the Winter Workout Blues

We are extremely pleased to bring you the latest post in our Ambassador Spotlight Series by Ashley Harris.  Ashley writes about how to beat those dreaded Winter Blues.  Spring may be right around the corner, you may be breaking out your tank tops and shorts and admiring the budding trees, but Ashley’s advice is timeless and appropriate for anytime you find yourself in a fitness rut.  Enjoy and share with your friends that could use a fitness pick-me-up!

Winter Workout Blues??? by Ashley Harris

The New Year is upon us, we hit the gym for a couple of days (IT WAS PACKED) but now there’s a funk on the horizon. Hmmm, could it be the dreaded winter workout blues? The New Year always gives us that extra push to get back in the gym but the dreaded cold tends to put a damper on our motivation to get up and get moving.

BUT WHHHHHHYYYYYY?????? (Yeah, this is what my kids ask all the time).

During the cold months exercise choices are limited and it forces many to workout indoors. If you’re an outdoor bunny and love to run for example, cabin fever can come sooner than you think. There’s a limited amount of sunshine in the winter and let’s face it, if it’s cold outside all you can think about is getting that cozy blanket and snuggling in! It’s so easy to talk yourself out of a workout but I will share with you some of my personal motivating tips that keeps me moving and grooving during the wicked winter season.

Have a set workout schedule – I personally prefer to workout in the evenings. After a long day at work it’s an excellent way for me to “end” my day. I run home, change my clothes, grab my kids and head straight to the gym. If I sit down that’s a wrap. I likely won’t get back up. So pick a time that works best for you and stick to it!

Warm up- I love the warm and toasty feeling so I will pop my workout gear in the dryer forIMG_4247 a few minutes, throw them on and that gets me all revved up to do my workout.

Switch it up – As much as I love my favorite fitness classes (Zumba®, BodyPump, BodyStep) I have to change up my routine and do something different every now and then. I love Yoga and Kickboxing so I will search to the moon and back to find a class I can just drop into every now and then. Keep it fresh!

New workout music- Everyone loves a fresh playlist! I love to jog, so having a fresh playlist works wonders for this old brain! In the winter months, I try to find an indoor track but I let the music move me!

Step away from the comfort food – I’m a vegetarian but I still love an occasional slice of cheese pizza. The problem in the winter months is it is so easy to stay indoors and constantly eat those high calorie comfort foods. MODERATION IS KEY! I pick a cheat day (ONE CHEAT DAY) and I will eat some of my favorites indulgences. Do not over do it. Remember, 3,500 calories equals 1 pound so be mindful of what you put in your body.

Download a fitness app – I LOVE a good fitness app and those who know me know I’m a gadget queen. My personal favorite fitness apps are FitBit, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and Strava. These apps keep me motivated! I’m able to enter my daily workouts to each of the apps, but did you know you can also enter your food journal to all of them (except Strava)? I love it!!!

Invest in a fitness gadget- Pedometers, calorie monitors, heart rate watch monitors all serve the same purpose. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a gadget but you do want to monitor your progress. Pedometers tell you how many steps you’ve taken daily. My goal is at least 10,000 steps daily. Do I hit my goal daily? Not always, but I certainly try :). My favorite calorie exercise gadgets are the FitBit, Garmin Vivofit, and NikeFuel Band.

Get some new workout gear- Who doesn’t love to burn calories and look good!!!!! There’s NOTHING better than a brand new pair of leggings and sneakers.

IMG_4250More About Ashley: She is a wife, mother of two boys, full-time employee, full-time student pursing a BS in Health and Wellness, and part-time fitness instructor.  She started her fitness career in 2009 and is licensed in all Zumba® formats, Kickboxing, Water Certified, R.I.P.P.E.D., TurboKick, and PiYo.  She love fitness!

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Website: http://fitnhealthydiva.com

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