Gone are the days when pregnant women were told to ‘Get Your Rest’; ‘Don’t Reach Your Arms Above Your Head’; ‘Have Someone Else Lift/Do That’, etc. Today’s moms-to-be and new moms are more active, more fit and more healthy than ever…and it’s showing in their babies!
For several years now, professionals and doctors have told expectant moms to get up, get moving and exercise (within reason and within each individual’s own limits); but now researchers say that a pregnant woman’s workout will also aid her baby’s nervous system.
A recent study found that compared with those of sedentary women, exercisers’ fetuses had better control during breathing movement, a sign that development of their respiratory and central nervous systems was on track.
They also had significantly lower average heart rate and more heart rate variability, both promising predictors of health.
The exercising moms-to-be (between the ages of 20-35) walked at a moderate to vigorous pace, did stationary cycling or ran at least 30 minutes three times a week and supplemented these cardiovascular workouts with strength training exercises.
And what about supplements for mom & baby? It’s common knowledge that folic acid is a must-take when pregnant to prevent certain birth defects. But this vitamin is believed to be even more vital than ever. Women who hope to become pregnant that take the vitamin for at least a year before conception also reduces the risk of preterm birth by at least 50%.
Did you know that if you are an expecting mom and considered obese, 20% is is a number you need to be aware of? It’s the percentage of decrease in an ultrasound’s ability to detect fetal problems in obese women compared with normal-weight women.
20% is another percentage women who take antidepressants throughout pregnancy need to know. They’re 20% more likely to give birth prematurely. However, surprisingly, the same % of depressed women who aren’t treated for depression while pregnant will experience pre-term birth. These numbers are compared to only 6% of women who aren’t depressed give birth prematurely.
So what does all of this mean for expecting women? These findings and statistics may seem overwhelming, especially considering everything else you need to learn and prepare for to give birth. But having a good fitness, nutrition, stress management and overall wellness plan in place for your pregnancy is key to keeping both you and your baby happy and healthy, both during the pregnancy and after…and is the absolute best gift you can give your little one! So if you need help with your plan, don’t hesitate to contact us…we can help. We hope these stats gave you something to think about and consider if you’re pregnant or expecting to become pregnant!
On the flip side, after all that careful planning during the 9 months (and sometimes earlier), not much prepares you for losing the baby weight after delivery. We can help with that, too. Check out our awesome Power Mommy class (and check out the awesome sale we have going on right now – details at the bottom)…
**You MUST pre-register to attend. To participate in the summer session, at any time, you MUST be pre-registered by June 1st…registration for the entire summer is cut off that day. To do so, simply contact us at 614-735-9890 or 614-746-9185 or you can shoot us an email at email@example.com
-Fitness Instruction that focuses on endurance, agility, core and power, fat loss and lean muscle retention
-Pilates and yoga based instruction
-Supplemental health & wellness topics
-Must bring your own mats
-Fun filled atmosphere where you build friendships, camaraderie and share your goals with like-minded moms and their little ones
-Bring your little one to incorporate into your workout…use your Bjorn, backpack, stroller or just freestyle it. Little ones 5 and under only please.
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Monday June 4th 2012
Friday September 28th 2012
Get your workout in in the morning or evening |
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Carriage Place Common Park; 4900 Sawmill Road; Columbus, OH 43235
Goodale Park; 120 W. Goodale St; Columbus, OH 43215; Southwest Corner by the old baseball diamond/backstop
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What is Brown Fat? Can it be the key to weight loss? Can it really make you thin? We weigh in on this topic with today’s blog: All About Brown Fat!
Brown Fat is a type of fat found most abundantly in newborns – presumably to help regulate their body temperature. Adults are believed to have little amounts. Unlike more recognizable white fat, which stores surplus energy, brown fat burns energy to generate heat.
Researchers have studied brown fat for several decades in the hope that unlocking the mysteries of the unique fat could result in treatments to speed up metabolism & promote weight loss.
Promoting brown fat growth really is a plausible approach to weight control. It is attractive because of its simplicity. If more of our fat were brown fat, we would be leaner and better able to resist obesity.
Brown Fat Derived From Muscle
Professionals have identified what they call a “master switch” in mice, which promotes the production of brown fat. Brown fat and white fat have completely different origins. Brown fat is derived from muscle.
They’ve also described a different trigger for brown fat-the protein BMP-7, which is known for promoting bone growth.
By learning that we can stimulate the production of brown fat in mice in research situations, it is not unreasonable to think that we can also do this in humans.
Can Brown Fat Make You Thin?
Brown Fat Can Burn Off More Than 9 Pounds of Bad Fat Each Year
By activating the brown fat in your body, you could lose 9 pounds or more of bad white fat every year — without having to eat less or even exercise more.
New studies show that more than half of adult men and women have enough brown fat in their bodies to burn off substantial amounts of white fat — if the brown fat somehow is stimulated.
Brown Fat and Health
How does it work? Brown fat becomes activated when you’re cold. Activated brown fat burns white fat as fuel. It’s a very inefficient process that gives off heat — and consumes a lot of fat.
New studies show that:
- Obese people have less brown fat than lean people do.
- Men have less brown fat than women do.
- Older people have less brown fat than younger people do.
- People with high blood sugar have less brown fat than people with normal blood sugar.
It’s likely that more than half of all men and women have at least a third of an ounce of brown fat in their bodies — and that’s just in the neck, where brown fat is most easily detected.
If fully stimulated, they calculate that 1.75 ounces of brown fat would account for one-fifth of a person’s total resting energy expenditure — and that’s virtually all from burning off white fat, not sugar.
Finding ways to promote brown fat activation will have a major impact on the obesity epidemic.
So how can you boost your brown fat levels and burn off that white fat? Find out more by reading this article…
We’re just getting our blog started here at Power Flex and we have literally thousands of topics that we want to educate and entertain our readers on. But we’re always happy to hear from you, too. Have a topic that you’d like to know about? Question? Shoot us an email at email@example.com. Give us a call at 614-735-9890 or leave a comment on any of our social media outlets: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Until next time, stay healthy & active!