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4 musts during pregnancy

21 Aug

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Pregnancy is full of amazing surprises. What your body is capable of is incredible. You are carrying on with your normal life whilst inside you another life is being created! You can even forgive your body for making you feel tired and nauseous sometimes when you stop and think how hard it is working to create a safe environment for your child to grow in.

Now, you must look after your body while it is busy doing all of this. There are a couple of things that absolutely cannot be forgotten…

1. REST
This does not mean put your feet up all day long watching TV, this means listening to your body and making sure you’re getting enough sleep. Your body is working harder than ever now and the least you can do to help it, it getting a full nights sleep as much as possible.

2. EAT
You may have never even thought about your diet, or maybe you’ve been on all sorts of “diets” in your lifetime but now things are different. This is not the time for FAD diets, this is the time to eat the foods that are going to help your baby grow and help give you the energy that you need to get through each day. (Another post will go through this in more detail)

3. EXERCISE
Like with dieting, you may have exercised all your life or this may be a foreign concept to you. Either way, it is extremely important to keep your body as strong as possible throughout pregnancy. The main reason for this is to maintain a strong posture. This will help to avoid any issues with back pain when your centre of balance changes with the growing bump. The other reason to build strength and stamina is to prepare for birth. This may seem a long way off, but labour can last a very long time and you need to have the mental and physical strength to get through it. (More exercise tips in posts to come)

4. TALK
As I mentioned earlier, pregnancy can come with all sorts of surprises, some good and some scary. The important thing is to talk to people around you, whether they are professionals or your nearest and dearest. Feeling scared during pregnancy is completely normal but there is no point in going through it alone and spending your pregnancy feeling unhappy. This should be an exciting time for you so make sure you spend it with supportive people around you.

 

I will be posting more about helpful tips and advice during pregnancy, involving diet and exercise so keep your eyes peeled and please pass this on to anyone you know who is pregnant or even thinking about trying for a baby!

 

“psychology” of exercise

13 Mar

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Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the psychology of exercise and how it can prevent people getting the results they are working for.

How many times have you found yourself saying the following things…

I’ve been to the gym today so it’s ok if I have another slice of cake

I’ll make up for that curry with a run tomorrow

I had a really great training session today so it won’t matter if I have a few drinks (and crisps, and a kebab…)

The truth is that if you don’t change all your bad habits and not just the ones in the gym, you won’t get anywhere near the results you are hoping and working for! If you are working towards the goal of becoming leaner then you want to be creating a calorie deficit. Burning off calories in the gym is the first step but then if you eat more because you “deserve” it,  you may be bringing it back to equal again. You may not gain any weight, and if your goal is maintenance then fantastic but if you are looking to change your body then you have to address it from all aspects of your life!

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the hour you spend in the gym is a magic hour and will change your body! It is the first step but if you don’t change your diet and lifestyle it is a wasted step!

I’m not saying that you need to forbid yourself any snacks or enjoyable treats but just think carefully about why you put in those hours at the gym when you next go to grab the second slice of cake or order your second beer!! Is it worth it?!