5 Lessons I Learned as a First-Time Mom at 40

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I never thought I’d be calling myself a first-time mom at 40. In fact, I distinctly remember saying multiple times in my late 20s and early 30s that “I am not going to be an old mom.” But… here I am! And I’m sharing a few of the lessons I learned as a first-time mom…

The Best Equipment for Home Workouts

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Before I share what I think is the best equipment for your home workouts, I want to make sure you know that you don’t actually need any equipment to start working out at home. As a mom with little kids, a low barrier to entry will make it easier for you to get started and…

When Postpartum Collides With Perimenopause

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What happens when you’re a new mom later-in-life and postpartum collides with perimenopause? Even though more and more women are having babies later, there’s still a lot to be desired of the support available to women over 40 in the postpartum period, let alone being sandwiched between the 4th trimester and perimenopause! To be honest,…

The Myth of the “Fat-Burning Zone”

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I’m sure you’ve seen the chart, maybe on a poster at your gym or even right on the elliptical or treadmill. The one that shows you your target heart rate (using only your age) and that had the big red bars to highlight your “fat-burning zone”. The idea being that training in this zone is…

Why the No Excuses Mentality Doesn’t Work For Everyone

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why a no excuses mentality doesn't work for everyone

I have a confession: I used to have the “no excuses” mentality. I worked in corporate fitness for 15+ years in several different companies, all of which provided onsite fitness facilities to their employees that made it that much more convenient to exercise. My coworkers and I would often talk about how we were surprised…

Postpartum Strength Training: Things to Consider Before Getting Started

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postpartum strength training

I don’t have to tell you that basically everything about your life changes when you bring home that tiny human. From physical changes that your body goes through (seems like something new everyday, doesn’t it?) to the mental and emotional challenges of adjusting to your new role. When you finally feel like you’re ready to…

The 5-Minute Trick That Can Reduce Stress and Increase Energy

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Stress. It’s pretty much impossible to avoid: bringing home a new baby, adjusting to mom-life, dealing with the rollercoaster of hormones… Too much stress affects you in so many ways- everything from cravings to quality of sleep, to your energy level. So is it really possible to reduce stress and increase energy even when you’re…

The (Not-So) Secret Way to Boost Your Postpartum Energy

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#Momlife’s got you feeling tired all. the. time. Coffee is your best friend. Right now you’re lucky to have the energy to do the things you NEED to do to get through the day, let alone have any extra leftover to do the things you WANT to do. So this is for you, because I’m…

5 Ways to Get More Rest (Even If Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping Through The Night)

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You know sleep is super-important. You’ve heard all about how fatigue can affect everything from cognitive function to cravings. You get it, you need sleep. But what if you’re still getting up for multiple night feedings? What if you’ve got a not-so-great napper? That’s why today’s post is all about realistic ways to get more…

5 Things to Know About Postpartum Fitness

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Postpartum Fitness

There’s really no way to be totally prepared for postpartum, right? There were definitely times where I felt like I was living in someone else’s body. Returning to (or starting) a postpartum fitness routine can feel a little overwhelming. And one of the things that surprised me the most-especially in the beginning- was how weak…