So I have a confession, I am addicted to yoga pants. Now before I go on, I must admit that I have a bit of an obsessive way about me. For example, when I was interested in colored pens I had to research and try all the different brands to see what ones were the best. When I was into sewing, I got a whole bunch of different fabrics so I could practice on different materials and make little useless headbands for my daughter. My obsessions are often short lived, but they always serve a purpose and are fun. My husband likes to say I am a hoarder, but I like to think I just have nice ‘collections’ of stuff. Regardless, the biggest collection I’ve had to date is my closet of workout clothes.
High-Intensity Interval Training
Is 10 minutes really enough?
I recently posted about how I haven’t done any long distance endurance training for the past six weeks. Life gets crazy! Work keeps me busy, my one-year-old daughter has more energy than a golden retriever puppy, and my husband has been working longer days, leaving less time for workouts.
Instead, I have focused on short high-intensity workouts to build strength and maintain my endurance. But does that work? Do short high-intensity sessions really increase aerobic metabolism?
If you have been following me since I was pregnant, you will see one of my first posts was about how I bravely kinesiotaped my stomach during pregnancy! I have a background in Kinesiology & Rehab and had taken courses on taping techniques, so I was able to apply this knowledge to help heal my diastasis recti.
As a trainer for women postpartum, the #1 concern I hear from almost all my clients usually has to do with breastfeeding. An understandable and completely valid concern! It’s true that you must eat extra to sustain breastfeeding, but studies have shown that some calorie restriction can help weight loss without affecting infant growth.
If you read my other article here on breastfeeding and exercise you will discover that exercise usually does not affect milk supply and composition, but what about diet?
The easiest way to reach your health and fitness goals are to make overall changes in your everyday life. The most common complaints heard from my clients throughout the years usually revolve around not having enough time to get their workouts in. Life happens. Between work, children and other responsibilities it can get a little crazy and sometimes it’s just not feasible to workout more than a couple days a week.