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Fitness & Motherhood

Summer is right around the corner and everyone wants to look their absolute best! Many of us want to look great in our bathing suit and shorts but don't know where to start. Instead of doing 200 sit ups a day, try a balanced approach.

There is currently a nationwide challenge going on called Mom on a Mission. This challenge not only aims for you to get in great shape but to make some healthy lifestyle changes. Even if you aren't participating in the challenge you can still practice some of these lifestyle changes on your own. Grab a friend, spouse or co-worker and get a jump start on a new, healthy you! I have been participating in the challenge for a week and I am definitely much more conscious of my choices and actions.

When you are ready to make a positive lifestyle change there are three areas that need to be focused on; fitness, behavior and nutrition. Just a reminder before starting a new fitness regimen please consult a physician. Whether your goal is to run a 5K or start doing yoga, being active is what's important. Start your week off by scheduling your workouts for the week. If you see them on the calendar you will be more committed to them. Try to participate in physical activity daily whether it's walking the dog, playing outside with your little ones or running five miles. It is also important to challenge yourself by setting goals. I am currently participating in two different exercise challenges, a plank and Burpee challenge. Due to my competitive nature, my friends and I are all participating and pushing ourselves physically to be our best. Working out is always more fun with a friend so start your own fitness challenge; there are so many to choose from and if you need an idea look on Pinterest!

There are certain behaviors that you do during the day that influence your health and well being. Here are some behavior tips that will improve your overall life. When eating meals designate one room in the house to eat in, try not to eat in front of the TV, bedroom or in the car; this only leads to unnecessary snacking. Try brushing and flossing your teeth after dinner, you will be less likely to snack. I know we have all heard this before, but get a good nights sleep, your body needs time to recharge. This is definitely easier said than done as any mom knows!
Finally to balance out your healthy lifestyle changes you need to be aware of your nutrition. This definitely doesn't mean you can't enjoy your meals, you can have a cupcake or bowl of ice cream just know your portion size. Something that I am doing now is logging my food, I have never done this before but heard that it was effective and it is! The other day my son wanted to buy a bag of candy at the store and we didn't get it because I knew if we did I would grab a handful and then have to write that in my journal! I am also very aware of my water intake, trying to drink 64 oz a day which is hard for me but I am doing it.

When you incorporate fitness, behavior and nutrition changes into your daily life you will start to see changes. Not only will you be looking great but you will also be feeling great! Don't feel that you need to adopt all of these changes at once, choose one or two and start being the best you! Good luck as we all challenge ourselves to change for the better!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.


Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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