Three Tips For A Beach Ready Body
Is your body not beach ready? Totally dreading putting on a bikini? Still struggling to get your yourself back to the pre-pregnancy days? Unfortunately, the natural aging process and childbirth mean stubborn fatty tissue and stretched skin. So, how to combat Mother Nature's effects and restore our post-baby health and physique? Below are three foolproof methods.
- Healthy Eating: A diet rich in protein, fruit, vegetables and vitamins is the best choice for everyone, especially moms looking to improve their health. High-protein foods contain a hunger-fighting hormone and will fill you up more than carbs. And many sources of protein—fish, beef, and eggs—are also rich in iron and vitamin B12, both of which have been shown to increase energy levels. (What mom doesn’t need that?) Fruits and vegetables are also part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. They provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Vitamin intake including A, C, D, E and Potassium also promotes overall health.
- Exercise: Smart fitness is all about moderation and consistency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that women between the ages of 18 and 64 require 75-150 minutes of aerobic activity per week and 2 muscle strengthening workouts that include all major muscle groups each week. If you split the aerobic activity into three sessions, that's 25-50 minutes per session. A strength training session that works all the major muscle groups will take about 45-60 minutes. This is where I suggest finding a workout partner to maintain motivation and add some fun.
- Mommy Makeovers: Aka. in-office pampering and 'touch-ups'. It's common for moms (who are finished breast feeding) to seek cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance and help build confidence. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel young and youthful again. TIP: When considering surgery options, be sure to find a board certified surgeon, such as the Scottsdale plastic surgeon, for your mommy makeover that may include procedures like tummy tuck, breast augmentation and liposuction.