Baby Workout - Baby Squats

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:06:00 GMT

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Baby Workout – Squats

When a mom brings a new baby into this world, she also opens up her heart, her home, and her entire body to this little human to wreak havoc. It’s true – from stretch marks, to bigger boobs (that eventually sag), to her hair falling out – that precious baby wrecks the female body.

So, naturally, all moms wait until their doctor gives them the go ahead to resume physical activity. Then they hit it hard. But what you may not know is that the everyday child-rearing activities that all mothers (and fathers!) do COUNTS AS EXERCISE. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look at how simply squatting to pick up your little one can work your leg muscles.

The Perfect “Beginner Weight”

Your baby starts out as a cute, doesn’t-move-much bundle of joy. Less than 10 pounds, he or she is a perfect ‘beginner’ weight. So you squat – working your glutes, quads, and hammies each and every time you pick up your baby from a low-lying area, such as a blanket on the floor.

But remember, you’ve just had a baby. Muscles are weak. So when you squat, now you are pleading with the bladder gods to keep everything inside. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze! (Seriously, if you haven’t been doing kegel exercises those first few weeks after giving birth, well, you’re probably going to pee yourself a little. I know, it’s totally embarrassing. That’s why you don’t squat in public. Ever. Or laugh. Or sneeze. Or cough.)

From Diddly Squat to 300 Squats

If you put your baby on the floor for all diaper changes, and when finished you stand up and then do a squat to pick up said baby, you could end up doing something like six squats. That’s just from diaper changes in those early days. Add in changing clothes, putting socks back on, handing a squishy toy back, replacing a lost pacifier and you’ve got something like 300 squats in ONE DAY!

When you do your squats, remember to engage your core. Those muscles are weak and need to be worked. Do not use your back to lift your baby. And go slowly! You do not want to drop your own child! Simple and effective, squatting is something you’re probably already doing but never saw as an actual muscle building, fat burning exercise.



Author Bio:

Mandi Welbaum, editor of Momaroo.com, is a work-from-home professional mom of 3. You can find her on Twitter (@AWelbaum) where she talks motherhood, blogging, and fitness as she works hard to lose the “baby weight”!

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7. Peekaboo

8. Tossing The Baby

Baby Workout - Chasing Cardio

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:05:00 GMT

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Baby Chasing Cardio

Having a baby changes your life, but it does not mean that you have to give up your health. You often hear stressed out parents prattling on about how tired they are chasing after their little ones or that they can’t muster the time or energy to hit the gym like they used to. (Not to mention that it’s difficult to recruit a babysitter to watch your child on a moment’s notice while you squeeze in a workout.)

Chase the Pounds Away

Hitting the gym whenever you want may not be possible anymore, but you can interact with your baby while you get some light cardio exercise yourself. Turn chasing after your baby into something that counts in more ways than one. While playing with your baby, you can strengthen your muscles while burning calories.

As soon as babies learn to crawl, they love to be chased. They will crawl away laughing the sweetest, cutest laughter you’ve ever heard. Engage them in this play and get on your knees and crawl after them. Not only will you burn calories, but you’ll also build memories that can last a lifetime and create a stronger bond with your child.

Lose Weight and Gain Memories

As babies start to walk, the chase game becomes even more fun. Go to a fenced-in playground and chase your little one about. As a toddler, my son was quite the escape artist. His motor skills were really advanced and he would take off on me every chance he got. I got into incredible shape since I would chase him while I had his younger brother strapped to my chest.

Eventually, you can teach kids about the boundaries of the road and The Chasing Game just gets bigger and can include a pretend-play component. My sons are now 7 and 9 years old and they still want me to play “Mommy Monster” with them—which includes me roaring as they run from me and I try to catch them.

Having a baby changes the way you see yourself and the world. You don’t have to give up on your fitness goals. You just have to find creative ways to include your family in those goals.



Author bio:

Jo-Ann Rogan is a freelance writer and former lead singer of ‘90s punk band Thorazine. Her proudest accomplishment, however, is being a mother to her two special needs sons. Jo-Ann blogs about her life as a mom at Punky Mama.

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8. Tossing The Baby

Baby Workout - Shaking Baby Bottles

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:05:00 GMT

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Baby Workout – Shaking Baby Bottles

You may have a love/hate relationship with bottle time: LOVE that the baby will be happy for 4 – 8 minutes and possibly doze into a nap. HATE that when preparing the formula, the shaking that needs to be done to properly mix the solution is a reminder of ALL the other places that are shaking as well. Which is another reason why I don’t like to bake. Or brush my teeth. Or do anything that requires extra-curricular shakeage. I don’t even like to wave anymore in the summer since the person next to me is in danger of getting slapped in the face with my arm flab.

But you CAN stop the madness and rock a tank top with pride AGAIN!

The Set-Up

Once you’ve done the appropriate bottle-to-inner-wrist test and gotten the temperature perfect for your baby, let the shaking begin. Stand in front of your baby, who will most likely be fussing (read: screaming bloody murder), and stand with your feet shoulder width apart, slightly bending your knees. You look ridiculous, I know. Even your baby knows. But this is important so that you don’t hurt your back!

Start with your right arm, making sure the lid (or fingertip over the micro hole in the bottle nipple) is securely in place. Next, place your arm above your head in a position as though you were using a back scrubber. (I know, I know! We’ll spa another day!) Your upper arm should be at a 90 degree angle (just at your ear). Now, bring the bottle towards your back and shake upwards but don’t allow your arm to go past your ear. Pulse like this for 20 reps.

You can switch arms or use both hands at the same time. Reach behind your head with both arms, grabbing the bottle with both hands with short, crisp shaking movements upwards towards the ceiling. (Think of that bottle as a Shake Weight your baby can drink!)

Words of Wisdom and Warning

Don’t forget to hold your core and maybe your butt cheeks, too. (If you have a new baby, a little drop of pee may escape. This is normal and totally okay and NO ONE ever needs to know.)

Your baby may look at you like you’re crazy or maybe your baby has wild eyes like “What the f* are you doing? GIVE me that!” However, my babies seemed to quiet down and even looked a little concerned by my sudden, totally out-of-character movements. One day, she laughed, so I kept going and was sore the next day.

That said, it’s just a reminder to start slowly, but whatever you do, START! Do something! Anything! I promise you, you WILL see results within the month. Gym shmym. You have a BABY!



AUTHOR BIO:

Jessica Garvin wears many hats. (Figuratively, not literally.) A writer / comedian / personal trainer and mom, Jessica “finds the funny” in things that typically aren’t funny (i.e. boogers). More of Jessica’s musings can be found on her personal blog, 3 Stages of Girl, and Momaroo, where she is a frequent contributor.

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8. Tossing The Baby

Baby Workout - Clean Up and Wipe Down

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:04:00 GMT

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Baby Workout – Cleaning Up and Wiping Down Messes

When you’re the father of a newborn, cleaning up and wiping down messes goes with the job. Despite being on your knees while your baby laughs and your wife looks down at you in satisfaction (for being such a great dad), the activity of wiping up your baby’s messes is actually a great workout for your arms and abdominals. Whether you’re wiping down a high chair that’s just been splattered with the contents of a bottle of your best-brewed milk, or on your hands and knees cleaning up a full meal that’s just been dumped on the floor, revel in the fact that your upper body is getting almost the same workout as bench pressing at the gym.

When it comes to cleaning up Baby’s First Food and Beverage Catastrophe, the first time is the worst time. So, crack a smile and try to enjoy it in front of your wife.

Macaroni and Tai Cheese: Zen and the Art of Cleaning Baby’s Messes

Picture it: Your little guy sat down in his booster chair, prepared to enjoy a hot plate of mac n’ cheese with a side of peas and apple sauce.

That’s when he realizes that his mom undercooked the noodles.

Before you can begin to coax the food back into his mouth, the entire plate full of food is now all over the kitchen floor… and walls.

Don’t panic. It’s only food and it can be wiped up. The benefits – and motions – of cleaning up your child’s messes are actually quite similar to those found in the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.

Wiping down a wall splattered with applesauce offers a small amount of aerobic exercise plus helps enhance upper body strength and strengthen core muscles in your lower back and abs. Using gentle, flowing movements, wiping works your biceps and forearms.

From Clean-Ups to Push-Ups

Picking up those stray peas scattered across your kitchen linoleum? Cleaning up the floor after your baby flings his dinner offers a workout for your core muscles and helps increase your sense of balance. Distributing your weight on your hands and knees to clean is very similar to holding a plank position.

If you really want to ramp up the aerobic / muscle building power of cleaning up a mess, knock out 10 push-ups while you’re down there searching for peas and cheese-covered noodles.

Is Your Baby Trying to Tell You Something?

Kids have a short fuse – especially when it comes to food. Babies and children don’t know any better. (Okay. Maybe they do!) If the clean-up / wipe-down activity tends to become a daily occurrence, just think of it as your child telling you to trim a bit off that beer gut that you picked up back in college.

One last hint: Make sure you never have dinner over a carpet. That’s when the cleanup process can get a little stressful.

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Baby Workout - Extra Laundry

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:03:00 GMT

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Baby Workout – Extra Laundry Duty

Laundry day is a thing of the past. That one day you reserved for washing clothes back in college is now a distant memory. Laundry is now a regular, daily, or sometimes hourly part of your life. And though there are days that you would rather punch yourself in the face than do laundry, flip it! Seize this opportunity to not only fluff your once sour-smelling towels, but to unfluff the part of your body that follows you wherever you go—or (if you’re like me after having my babies) arrives a few minutes AFTER.

Drop It Like Its Squat

First: the squat. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Imagine you’re pulling your belly button towards your spine. Now, place your laundry basket at your toes. Lower your tush towards the ground, shifting your weight onto your heels. From this position, grab the top item from the basket. While clenching your butt cheeks, slowly bring it up, still clenching while you fold your item of clothing. With each squat you do, you will have to drop a bit lower to reach the bottom of the basket.

Want to go really crazy? When you come up, rise up to your toes and hold for the duration of the fold. Make sure that you’re keeping your core still and pulling your belly button in or you’re wasting your time. By the end of an average new mom laundry “day” (snicker, snort, she said “day”), you’ve done as many reps as you would have in a 45-minute personal training session.

Before you know it, it’s over!

From there, you can mix it up! You can alternate placing the majority of your weight on each leg. Keeping the weight on your heels will help your spinal / core alignment and thus, your post-baby back.

Or, put on some music and sing a song with your toddler as they undo everything you’ve done. If you have a newborn, strap that baby into the Snuggly (front or back). If they’re fussy, work that in your favor. Pulse a little as you lower yourself.

Trust me on this. After a couple of weeks doing these, your butt will show up the same time you enter a room.

FCL: Full-Contact Laundry

Also, do not underestimate what laundry folding …er, I mean, Full-Contact Laundry (FCL, baby!) can do for not only your body, but also your dexterity. Do not dismiss the other muscles you are working as well. Our hand muscles, wrists, fingers—all muscles you took for granted until you had to rock a baby to sleep for three hours WHILE cooking dinner, picking up toys, and finding a wine glass large enough for Wednesday Wine Night – can benefit from a good FCL session.

When reaching into the basket for your next item, test out your dexterity. Stretch your fingers outward, mentally lengthening them. Try to grab a towel with just two fingers, like making “scissors” with your hand or flashing a peace sign. Or try pointing with your pinky out like you’re having high tea. (This little thing with your pinky may actually do nothing, but it’s more fun. If the mood strikes, try talking to your laundry in a British accent. If it talks back, skip all tasks above and go directly to the wine – Wednesday night or not!)

These are just a few options, but your laundry-based workout is up to you! (Unlike everything else in your life, right?)



AUTHOR BIO:

Jessica Garvin wears many hats. (Figuratively, not literally.) A writer / comedian / personal trainer and mom, Jessica “finds the funny” in things that typically aren’t funny (i.e. boogers). More of Jessica’s musings can be found on her personal blog, 3 Stages of Girl, and Momaroo, where she is a frequent contributor.

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Baby Workout - Playing Peek-A-Boo

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:02:00 GMT

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Baby Workout – Playing Peekaboo

Okay, we all know that your baby will play this game for hours, never tiring, always beyond thrilled with the reveal of your face. Use this time of their pure joy and happiness to YOUR advantage.

What Can Peek-A-Boo Do For You?

Peek-A-Boo is a phenomenal forearm workout (if you make it so). Not only will this give you the definition in your lower arms that you see only on professional tennis players, but it will also strengthen and lengthen your wrist tendons and thumbs.

“What?” you say. “What do you need those for?”

How ‘bout when your baby refuses to be put down for the day and prefers to dangle from one side of your body to the other? Because, in the meantime, you still have a household to run and your wrist not only burns but aches for days afterwards from holding your baby at that awkward angle your hand goes into while your palm is cradling a mini-tush and your arm is bearing the weight.

THAT’S what you need stronger forearms and wrist tendons for.

Low Impact? Try NO Impact!

So, make Peek-A-Boo your new favorite workout because you can play this bad boy while sitting down. Talk about low impact; this is NO impact! But you can make it worth your time.

Start with your elbows out to the side and place your hands over your eyes, thumbs straight up to the ceiling. As you say “Peek-A-Boo,” flip your hands so that your thumbs end up pointing downwards while keeping your elbows out to your sides. Use controlled movements when flipping your hands. Try to spread your fingers out wide after the reveal – like a web – to really stretch the tendons and muscles in your hands. They work so hard and take such a beating.

If Peek-A-Boo is a blanket-based experience for you and your child, hold the blanket at forehead level, elbows out to the side. As you do the reveal, gently flip the blanket up and behind your head so that you’re using your arm muscles without over extending.

Stretch It Out With “Jazz Hands”

Be sure to stretch your hands and gently roll your wrists for a light stretch afterwards. Being sore sucks and ruins the next day’s Peek-A-Boo for sure. Plus, you have an excuse to do “jazz hands” with no one looking.



AUTHOR BIO:

Jessica Garvin wears many hats. (Figuratively, not literally.) A writer / comedian / personal trainer and mom, Jessica “finds the funny” in things that typically aren’t funny (i.e. boogers). More of Jessica’s musings can be found on her personal blog, 3 Stages of Girl, and Momaroo, where she is a frequent contributor.

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Baby Workout - Tossing A Baby

Posted by bbeck Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:01:00 GMT

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Baby Workout – Tossing A Baby

Okay, look: No one’s going to tell you, “Hey! Toss your baby up in the air for a great workout,” but we all know that we do it. So, let’s call a spade a spade and just move past the parental guilt and get ourselves a workout while we risk their lives, alright? Can I get a “Wah, wah!”?

Ready For Take Off

Let’s assume that the toss is not so high that the climate changes for your baby. Once you’re positive that all conditions are safe for the baby, let me tell you that this is one of the best opportunities to work out many different areas simultaneously. Your legs, butt, core, biceps, triceps, forearms and wrists all benefit from tossing your baby in the air.

Start with your baby at your chest level and lower yourself slowly into a light squat, legs shoulder width apart. The majority of your weight should be on your heels. Look your baby in his or her eyes to ensure the No Drop Zone. Steadily with light force, bring your body out of the squat and into a standing position, fluidly moving onto your tippy toes as you toss your baby upwards.

Happy Landings

Now, comes the hard part: catching your baby. It’s important that you hold your core and NOT lock your knees. As soon as you catch your baby, you want to go immediately back into your starting squat, giving your baby that rush of excitement at that last moment when they thought for sure, that was it. (Not to worry! It wasn’t. Yay us!)

Strong Wrists, Stronger Stomach

Please be mindful of your wrists. No spaghetti wrists! This is a chance to make them stronger, but if your wrists are predisposed towards being floppy, then this activity may actually weaken them.

Also, if your baby is LESS than amused or vomits in your general mouth area, please find another activity to do together. This is no longer “tossing baby.” This is now “tossing cookies” and it’s time to move on.



AUTHOR BIO:

Jessica Garvin wears many hats. (Figuratively, not literally.) A writer / comedian / personal trainer and mom, Jessica “finds the funny” in things that typically aren’t funny (i.e. boogers). More of Jessica’s musings can be found on her personal blog, 3 Stages of Girl , and Momaroo, where she is a frequent contributor.

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Thank you...

Posted by Sam Hong Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:15:00 GMT


There comes a time when you have to sit back and reflect on where you’ve come from, in order to know where you’re going. As I sit back and meditate on the journey that led us here, I find my mind being blown at the overwhelming support we’ve received from so many people just like you; loyal customers who stood by us during our growing pains, faithful vendors who took a chance working with the “new kid on the block”, and all the helping hands that guided us along this path. Without you, there would be no NutraPlanet…without you, there would be no us.

This journey has brought us to this point—a major milestone in the history of our company has been achieved, and we want to offer all our customers, vendors, consultants, and plain ole NutraPlanet Fanatics our heartfelt gratitude.


So from all of us here at NutraPlanet…


Oh, and one more thing…

Team NutraPlanet will be on a short break this Friday in an effort to sharpen the saw and spend quality time with our families, so expect a one day delay. If you call or email, we won’t be around to answer…but the Ninja Monkeys will be back bright and early Monday to help you.


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Animal Rage Vs Jack3d

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Animal Rage Vs. Jack3d

An awesome pre-workout is the first step of what should be a 3-part routine, followed by your workout and post-workout. When looking for your pre-workout, you should make sure it is contains a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and sugar. Supplements like Animal Rage and Jack3d offer amazing bursts of energy, prolonging your workout and strengthening muscle.

Two things are needed for a great workout – protein and good metabolism. Kicking up your protein levels by taking supplements will activate your metabolism, causing your body to burn up those bad sugars and carbs, turning the rest into muscle mass with every pump.

Vitamins can boost metabolism while other compounds found in Animal Rage and Jack3d take fat and turn it into muscle by helping you power through the most intense workout routines.

 

Animal Rage from Universal Nutrition

Animal Rage is one of the best supplements for Increased Focus, Sustained Energy and Increased Endurance. This adrenaline inducing complex combines vitamins, minerals and patented formulas to take your workout regimen to the next level. This “euphoric surge” will turbo charge your weight lifting routine.   Main Ingredients of Animal Rage:

Niacin

Vitamin B12 (As Methylcobalamin)

Calcium (As Chelate)

Magnesium (as Chelate)

Chloride (as Sodium Chloride)

Sodium (as Sodium Chloride)

Potassium (as Chelate)

What Makes Animal Rage Different?

Unlike Jack3d, which focuses on ingredients designed specifically for your pre-workout needs, Animal Rage fulfills not only your pre-workout needs, but also includes ingredients like Beta-Alanine that fulfill your post-workout needs as well. Also, unlike Jack3d, this formula is available in both powder and a capped version!

 

Jack3d

Jack3d is a proven supplement for your pre-workout routine, combining ingredients (such as citric acid and caffeine) with scientifically researched proteins and energy-boosting ingredients. Jack3d will turbo charge your energy as well as your focus, helping you to achieve your workout goals.

 

Main Ingredients of Jack3d:

Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate

Creatine Monohydrate

Beta Alanine

Caffeine

1,3-Dimethylamylamine HC1

Citric Acid

What Makes Jack3d Different?

Jack3d’s main ingredients, including Arginine and other amino-acids, will kick starts your metabolism. Unlike Animal Rage, which meets your pre-workout as well as your post-workout needs, Jacked zeroes in on your basic pre-workout goals, producing long lasting focus and strength.

Conclusion of Animal Rage VS Jack3d

For an intense workout with laser-focus, we recommend taking Jack3d as your pre-workout supplement. If you need a supplement that does more than just get you through your workout, Animal Rage is the best choice!   Animal Rage is a shot of adrenaline, a sure of raw power, a current of electricity running from head to toe. Animal Rage allows you to stalk the weights, to dominate the gym, to make the competition run and hide.   With each pre-workout pack popped or powdered “shot” banged back, Animal Rage delivers the goods. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, a current of raw power coursing through your veins, an ultra-concentrated dose of Animal Rage packs a knockout punch of energy, focus, performance and endurance ingredients. With minimal fillers and no unnecessary additives, Animal Rage is loaded with only the uncut raw actives, specifically combined for one express purpose-fueling amazing workouts.   Take 1 pack 45 minutes prior to your training session. Due to Animal Rage’s potency, do not exceed 1 pack per 24 hour period.

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