When it comes to pregnancy, Heidi Klum is the anti-Christ. Not only has she delivered three children in as many years, but her body has rebounded—to Victoria’s Secret’s expectations no less—each and every time. Her secret? A comprehensive fitness routine during pregnancy (and freaky German supermodel genes.)
But even if you don’t plan on strutting down the fashion runway on the way home from the maternity ward, working out while you’re waiting for your little bundle of joy to debut has many benefits. Physically, exercising while pregnant can reduce aches and pains, prevent wear and tear on your joints (which become loosened during pregnancy) and help your body snap back more quickly after delivery (although I can’t promise you’ll ever look like Heidi!). In addition, a good fitness plan can help temper mood swings (not that the hormone-fueled emotional rollercoaster pregnancy invokes isn’t a laugh-a-minute), reduce fatigue and improve sleep. Still need convincing? Women who exercise have shorter and less intense labors.
Despite her five-a-day frappuccino habit and penchant for late night Mickey D runs, the tabloids are reporting that Britney Spears has purchased herself a whole slew of skimpy new outfits to wear once she slims down to her former pop princess physique.
While the list of things one might have in common with Ms. Spears generally falls under the “few and far between” category, buying clothes a size (or two) too small is something many of us can relate to. It’s an ego boost of sorts, to slip on a smaller size and realize that, while you’ll have to give up breathing and you definitely won’t be able to sit down (or stand comfortably for that matter) the zipper is up and the button has fastened…ummm…more or less.
Ah, the power of New Year’s to swell hopes and ignite ambitions! Perhaps it’s the champagne. Or maybe it’s that sway of public sentimentality at midnight. Whatever the case, New Year’s is synonymous with resolution-making, and surveys show that health related pledges consistently top the list. Of course, we all bring our best intentions to the new year, but why do so many of us crash and burn once the rubber meets the road?
Some years ago, researchers at the University of Washington studied the sticking power of resolutions and what seemed to make the difference for those who were still on track three months later. Their study, an oldie (1997) but a goodie, offered some commonsensical wisdom that we could all stand to hear again:
It’s January, and many of you are looking at two, three, or four more months of winter. (Yes, there you are trudging your sorry, frozen carcass outside to grab another log for the wood stove. Can you hear the violin in the background?) Seriously, there are days so brutal you’d rather eat your running shoes than head outside in them.
With snowstorms, Nor’easters, and subzero temps making headlines the last few weeks, we thought it was time for some tips on keeping your motivation up and that carcass moving.
1. Fight the winter sloth.
Too many fall prey and regret their self-imposed captivity come spring. That hunkering down mentality isn’t going to do you (your health or your social life) any favors. Winter is how many months where you live? Deal, and just live your life—all of it.
Either raw or cooked (don’t over do it!), red cabbage is a fantastic way to add texture, flavor and a ton of color to your healthy dish tonight!
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