Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

How to Banish those Baby Blues


They say that a new experiences stretches the mind into a new dimension, I believe this to be very true.

Of all the experiences I’ve been through at my young age, I would have to say pregnancy is probably the most incredible experience any woman can go through. Nurturing yourself as your little one grows inch by inch everyday within you is beyond a miracle to me.

Yes, every woman was built for this phenomenal experience but it still is unique to each and every woman. Some women spend 9 months suffering with sickness and others pace through the 9 months as radiant beams of sunshine.. all you can do is pray for a smooth journey  and delivery.

As I’ve been through this experience myself, I can say first-hand that it’s one that requires a lot of mental strength more than anything else. There are many times where you’d want to just give in and give up but the key is to remember a healthy body breeds a healthy baby. People would tell me ‘eat eat eat, eat what you want you’re pregnant’ but unfortunately they are lacking the knowledge since its not about quantity rather the quality of foods.

Since I enjoy eating healthy on a regular basis, this wasn’t so challenging for me.. yet I can understand how it could be for others. Pregnancy is actually the most critical time where it is essential to nourish your body with healthy food in order to ensure your baby is getting quality vitamins and minerals to support his or her growth.. it is not infact an excuse to eat junk.

Another point which I personally found beneficial to my experience was exercise. Being pregnant, you are coping with all kinds of physiological changes as your body is gearing up to make and grow your little angel. These changes include, fatigue, water retention, pressure to organs and joints, release of the hormone Elastin – which supports a pregnant woman’s body in being flexible allowing her skin to stretch. All these matters are almost normal to every pregnant woman.. now logically speaking if a pregnant woman wants to go by her day feeling energetic, relieve water retention, strengthen muscles and joints and allow for a consistent weight gain, it is recommended to exercise. Most pregnant women might fear to do so as they may feel it may harm the baby.. but in fact you would be doing more harm being immobile which would slow down blood flow and also might make you feel down which could then have psychological impact.

Exercise is recommended for a healthy lifestyle; so, is not pregnancy the most important time for a woman to be on top of her health ? .. I believe so. Safe exercising like swimming, aqua aerobics, walking on the beach, Physique 57 and yoga were all part of my regimen through out my pregnancy and I would happily recommend it to every pregnant woman who wants to take care of her health and body during this stressful time.

Determination is the only key you need. There are days where I personally would have rather stayed in bed but then I would think of the lovely energetic instructors at Physique 57 who have kept me motivated and supported me throughout my pregnancy.. their skillful knowledge allowed for me to feel comfortable every step of the way. Just thinking of the wonderful post workout feel and rush of endorphins would keep me going back for more.. high intensity and low impact exercises were my safest bet. Being a personal trainer as well has allowed for my greater awareness in understanding what’s right for my body.. and I would be happy to advise any woman who needs help or assistance during this critical time.

Now here’s for my final personal review.. Be happy. As simple as it may sound as essential it really is. Yes, there are women who get pregnant everyday and probably 80% of them find it a challenge in one way or another.. so the most important thing to remember is the end result. At the end of the day you want a happy and healthy baby.. what will you do to help that happen ? What is in your hands today that can assist in that ? What is it that really matters to you .. the chocolate cake or the dark chocolate filled with antioxidants and healthier properties for you and your baby ? These are all questions women need to ask themselves.. Women need to be more mindful and less emotional when it comes to pressuring times.

This is what helped me.. and I’m happy to say that I am now 4 months post-baby and feel better than ever before having lost more weight than I was before I got pregnant. Yes you can lose weight from breastfeeding and running around caring for your little one and squeezing in a 30 minute workout.. all of which I have done. However the greatest tip I can offer is.. take care of what you can while you can.. don’t wait for the pregnancy to be over to lose the weight. Health after all is a lifestyle and should be reflected in your everyday life.. so remember this mantra and remember that health truly is wealth.

It all starts with a healthy mind, which nourishes a healthy body that can in turn nourish and build a healthy baby..

These are my happy little healthy thoughts.. dedicated to all women whom I hope I can inspire.. pregnancy is a beautiful journey where women shouldn’t shy away from cause they are worried about their bodies.

Take care of your body every day and it will take care of you.

Noura G xx


Why is Fitness So Important ?

I’ve always believed in the importance of living healthy everyday.. I would hear people belittle this value system I have created for my life, “Common, you must have fun and eat junk food” “How can you workout everyday???” and one of my favorites, “What you do can’t be healthy”.. These comments are usually best expressed by those who are either unfit, never worked out or, consume a diet of predominantly junk.

Being a Certified Personal Trainer and a Nutritional Consultant I am faced with all kinds of opinions with regards to health and fitness almost everyday. Some are eager to learn the benefits of which they can apply to their lives, others just like to criticize.

So let me begin explaining why fitness is an important aspect, if not one of the most in everyday life.

What’s the secret to getting a good night’s sleep ?
(Being active throughout the day is proven to exhaust you by night time whereby you can enjoy a well deserved rest, definitely a solution to insomnia).

What’s the key to starting your day early and refreshed ?
(Working out regularly allows you to sleep early benefiting from healthy sleeping habits which in turn allows you to wake up early and refreshed to begin the day ahead).

Are you studying, working or taking care of children ? How do you manage to stay alert and focused throughout the day ?
(It is proven that exercise allows you to feel physically more energetic throughout the day).

You lead a somewhat stressful life, yet how do you manage to stay positive and look so radiant ?
(The secretion of endorphins ‘happy hormone’ allows you to feel great and look good as it is reflected upon you physically as well.. after a great workout how can anything bring you down).

You are a walking ball of positive energy, how do you do it ?
(It’s those lovely endorphins swimming through your system ! )

Your skin is beautiful, you are glowing.. What products do you use ?
(Nature’s remedy, a good workout allows you to release any toxins out of the body when you sweat which gives you that refreshed post-workout glow).

One of my favorites.. Your pregnant ? How ? But you look good ??
(When you workout regularly you can maintain your fitness levels allowing you to continue throughout pregnancy.. just don’t over exert yourself).

How do you get away with eating that piece of chocolate cake ?
(If you are constantly working out, you can afford to cheat once and a while with something that isn’t so healthy yet you crave.. cause tomorrow you’ll burn it all off).

The answer to all of the above is..

Eat clean, Nourish your body, Live an active life, Gift your body with the natural blessing of movement.

Being fit isn’t about looking good, its about feeling good and using your body to its best ability, allowing it to express itself through action and movement.

Human beings are mobile creatures, we aren’t meant to be sedentary.. during the current century and technological era most people are confined to a seat for 8 hours a day, not realizing how this can negatively impact the human physiological system.

As John F.Kennedy once said “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” Being fit and healthy has a 360 degree approach on life in general. The challenge, the exertion, the motivation, the healthy habit all impact your everyday spirit. The chemical secretion of endorphins, known as the ‘happy hormone’ allow you to radiate with positive energy which allows you to make better choices and ultimately lead you towards the road of success.

Success is determined through action, success is variable yet distinct to accomplishment. If you can take care of your health you can take care of anything in life, any obstacle and challenge because you have the dedication to persevere.

For indeed, Health is the greatest asset you can own..
Health is Wealth.

Noura G xx