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Fit Mama Friday: An ol’ favourite!

If you haven’t already invested in one of these – the time is now! Stability balls are great for squeezing in an at-home workout when you can’t get to the gym (in my case, a sick baby!).

Research has shown that simply doing crunches on a stability ball boosts activation of the abdominal muscles by 24 to 38 percent. Variations for core workouts include the plank, back extensions and bridges.

At work, trade your desk chair for a stability ball to engage more muscles while sitting thereby boosting strength and burning calories.

Balls range in size from 55 cm to 75 cm. To determine what’s right for you look for a ball that keeps your knees at right angles or your hips slightly more elevated than your knees. Find them at any fitness store, Winners, Walmart or Running Room.

It’s a little bit of awesome in a round ball!

 

Health + Wellness

New Season – New you! Spring into Activity!

It’s the first week of March!  And as I sit nestled on my stool at our kitchen counter with the sunshine pouring in (yay!), I can’t help but get excited about my new fitness goals for this season!

After pretty much hibernating this winter, spring brings more chances to get outdoors and ram up physical activity.  The trick is to ease back into a more active lifestyle – and not overdo it!

Here are some tips to get your body conditioned to more active lifestyle:

  • Stretch: Stretching before and after physical activity helps keep you in action longer. Perhaps even try a dynamic stretch before a run or sports such as soccer and a static stretch after
  • Hydrate: Staying hydrated before, during and even after physical activity helps the body pump more blood to muscles keeping them work efficiently and without injury
  • Sleep: It can be difficult to adjust to the longer days and summer hours in the spring, especially with abrupt daylight savings adjustments.  Sleep deprivation and insomnia often cause injuries and other health problems since a tired body is a weakened body.
  • Eat Well: Adding more activity means a busier schedule!  Don’t forget your fruits and veggies.  The spring season means those heavy comfy meals during winter aren’t needed.  But that doesn’t mean you need less calories!  Be sure to feed your body the good nutrients it needs to sustain your busy lifestyle.

Above all, be sure to set some goals and carve out some time to achieve them this season!  Happy Spring!