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My Best Advice For Your Post-Baby Body

Clare : June 22, 2012 7:43 am : Featured, Pregnancy

It is a rare woman that I find who loves their post-baby body! We want changes and we want them fast! There are so many factors that play into how much weight comes off and when it does and this can cause much stress and dissatisfaction.

I get asked a lot, what kind of things women can do to get back to pre-baby body. Find out what I suggest at The Better Mom!

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New Move Monday: Core Challenging Tricep Extensions

Clare : April 9, 2012 8:38 am : Exercise Ball, Featured, New Move Monday, Pregnancy, Upper Body

I didn’t have a lot of time today to take new pictures so we are pulling back into some old pictures I took a while ago! I took this as part of a group of exercises while I was 8 months pregnant with my 2nd child.

Many people aren’t sure what they can do while they are pregnant, but the reality is you can do a LOT especially if you were active up til you got pregnant. There are modifications you can do to most exercises and using the big aerobics ball is one way to achieve that.

(Consult with your doctor before doing any exercising while pregnant.)

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You can do this exercise pregnant or not! You will be surprised at how much your core needs to engage to keep you on there!

Grab a big aerobics ball and a pair of weights and go near a wall. Carefully sit on the ball, bend your legs and plant your feet on the wall. (Your legs should be very wide to keep you stable)

Get your weights and extend arms overhead with both weights. Drop the weights down (moving from the elbows) and then bring them back up. Focus on PRESSING up through the tricep muscle towards the ceiling. Keep the elbows in as much as possible (as opposed to winging them out to the sides) . Keep the chest lifted and legs wide to give you more stability.

Do 12 reps 2-3 sets.

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New Move Monday: 2 Point Tabletop (pregnancy)

Clare : October 24, 2011 1:51 pm : Abs and Lower Back, Featured, Fitness, Lower Body, New Move Monday, Pregnancy, Upper Body, Weights

You can do this exercise, pregnant or not!! This will work your shoulders, core and rear end/legs!!

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Get on all four’s. (Do this on a mat or towel if this bothers your knees) Take one light weight (2-5 pounds) in one hand. Lift your arm with weight straight out beside you while extending the opposite leg behind you. (As seen above) Bring the arm back down to beginning position while simultaneously bringing your leg towards your chest. Repeat.

Be careful to keep your lower back supported as much as you can. Draw the abs (from what you can feel!) in tight. Breathe and keep the gaze straight down to the floor.  Be sure to switch sides after doing all reps on one side!

Do 2 sets (each side) of 8-12 extensions!

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New Move Monday: Plank Shoulder Taps

Clare : August 29, 2011 2:03 pm : Abs and Lower Back, Featured, Fitness, New Move Monday, Pregnancy, Upper Body

You can do this exercise pregnant or not, but as you see below, I demonstrated it while pregnant with my second! This is a full body exercise, however you will feel the intensity in the abs and lower back.

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Get on all 4′s on the ground. Lift your knees up (or keep them to the floor to modify). Tap the left shoulder with the right hand then put the right hand on the ground. Then take your left hand and tap your right shoulder. Repeat. Try to minimize movement in the whole body while tapping. Yes, you will move side to side a bit, but try to control and keep centered, with your hips facing the ground. Keep tension away from your head and neck and breathe!

Do 2-3 sets of 8-10 taps!

CHALLENGE: Do a set of push-ups in between each set of shoulder taps!

This post is linked to Works for me Wednesday and Women Living Well Wednesdays!

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New Move Monday: Wall Lunge w/Ball (pregnancy)

Clare : August 1, 2011 1:18 pm : Exercise Ball, Featured, Fitness, Lower Body, New Move Monday, Pregnancy, Upper Body, Weights

I didn’t have a lot of time today to take new pictures so we are pulling back into some old pictures I took a while ago! I took this as part of a group of exercises while I was 8 months pregnant with my 2nd child.

Many people aren’t sure what they can do while they are pregnant, but the reality is you can do a LOT especially if you were active up til you got pregnant. There are modifications you can do to most exercises and using the big aerobics ball is one way to achieve that.

( Consult with your doctor before doing any exercising while pregnant. )

♥♥♥

Grab your large aerobics ball. If you want, grab a set of weights too. Take the ball and place it against the wall. Lower the ball to where it is at your hip. Rest the arm closest to the wall on the ball grab a weight (if you have one) with the other. Take the leg closest to the wall and extend it behind you in a lunge position. Lunge down and up. The ball rolls gently against the hip with you. (You may need to adjust it in the first few reps until you get a hang of it) Keep your chest lifted, naval to spine (it’s still there!) and curl the arm with the weight up and down along with the lunge.

Do 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps each leg.

This post is linked to Works for me Wednesday and Women Living Well Wednesdays!

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