Squats and Tickles: Strength In Motherhood

Lisa Druxman is ready to motivate you! It is her passion to raise healthy moms so that they can raise healthy kids in a healthy world. Get out of overwhelm and get in to living your best life as a mom! Join us as we inspire you each week to eat clean, live fit and be happy! We will talk food, fitness, life balance and living with purpose and passion. Lisa will bring on a variety of guests and will answer your questions! This is a weekly podcast. Use a podcast app on your smartphone so you can subscribe and listen easily!

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We all know that motherhood takes a village, this list is a compilation of many Chicago mama’s ideas! Thank you to all who contributed!

  1. Blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze

  2. Bring enough snow inside and put on a tray to make little snowmen.

  3. Give your kiddo a pile of snow and watercolors to paint the snow

  4. If you have pipe cleaners and Borax try these crystallized snowflakes (full link here

  5. Give your kiddo a colander upside down and pipe cleaners. They can stick the pipe cleaners in the holes and bend them every which way (great for gross motor skills!).

  6. Use white glue and make your child’s name, shapes, or just dots around paper and then let them glue cereal, goldfish crackers, or any little objects to their paper.

  7. Go on an ABC photo scavenger hunt with your kids and then turn it into a photobook

  8. Make crayons from broken...

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As moms, sometimes getting out the door and just showing up to your workout can be one of the hardest tasks! There are so many obstacles and challenges in the way...so many reasons to stay put. BUT, where's the growth in that?

Showing up to your workouts has a few meanings:

1. Get There - Find your routine to make getting there as simple as possible. Prepare the night before by getting out your workout clothes, shoes and breakfast. Make leaving for class a "no brainer".

2. Be IN It - Show up to each exercise, every rep. When you can be intentional about the effort you give, your results are better!

The circumstances don't have to be ideal. Let's face it; motherhood can be messy and unpredictable. At FIT4MOM, we get that...Show up anyway. We are ready for you!

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MYTH: You shouldn't workout during pregnancy if you were not previously engaged in an exercise program prior to becoming pregnant

  • ACSM states a healthy woman may continue with her regular exercise regimen or begin a new program during pregnancy.
  • If you have not exercised prior, start slow and build up gradually.
  • Consistency is most important.

FACT: Exercise may prevent gestational diabetes

  • Exercise has an insulin like effect on the muscles causing blood sugar levels to drop.
  • 3-5% of pregnant women will get Gestational Diabetes.
  • REGULAR exercise is one of the most important factors in prevention!
  • Small meals, include protein, reduce sugars.

MYTH: You should cut back exercise in the last trimester

  • You might cut down the intensity, but you should remain consistent.
  • It's important to continue at a similar RPE throughout the pregnancy.

MYTH: Pregnant women should not exercise more than three times per week

  • ACOG recommends 30 minutes or more of...
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Sticking To An Exercise Routine

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or to get in shape? Half of 2013 is over. How's that going for you? You’re certainly not alone if you have fallen short. We all have good intentions but life seems to get in the way. Following are 8 tips to get you started on the path to exercise.

1. Goal Setting. What does it mean when you say you want to exercise or lose weight? People don’t set specific or powerful enough goals for themselves, and very often those goals that are set are unrealistic. Set S.M.A.R.T. (SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, REALISTIC AND TIMELY) goals to set you up for success.

2. Fit It In To Your Lifestyle- Most people tend to do too much, too hard, too fast. This year, find activities that will easily fit in to your lifestyle. If you have babies, consider a stroller based workout. If you don’t have time to go to a gym, then try exercise tapes or just walk right in front of your house. You have to make it non-negotiable, just like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, etc. In fact,...

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