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Tops Tips and Exercises For Babywearing Moms

As moms, especially newer moms, it can be difficult to find the time to workout, or even know where to begin. Wearing your baby to exercise has become more popular over the years. The most important thing to remember is to check in with yourself and be honest about how your body is feeling during and after the workout. We…
May 25, 2016
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3 Steps To Flatten Post-Pregnancy Abs

Congratulations, you had your baby 3 months ago (or maybe 3 years ago) and now you're wondering, “How do I get rid of my baby bump?”, as Jennifer Garner calls it. The two main causes of the baby bump is an abdominal wall separation, also known as diastasis recti, and belly fat. The good news, both of these issues are…
May 19, 2016
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7 Tips For Good Running Form

Running is one of the ‘easiest’ forms of exercise – meaning all you need is a pair of running sneakers to get moving. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just getting into the sport it’s important to have good running form. There are many benefits of good running form including aiding in injury prevention, resisting fatigue, and allowing your body…
May 4, 2016
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4 Great Ways That Children Can Help You Burn Calories!

Active Moms’ Club is thrilled to introduce a new guest blogger today, Marylynne Schwartz co-founder of ClassClasher. ClassCrasher is a brand new online marketplace for parents looking for kids' enrichment programming - from full semesters of classes, to summer camps, to drop-in experiences. They aim to be the go-to place for parents looking for kids' activities in Chicago!  A Zen…
April 18, 2016
Family Health & Wellness

Napping 101: Tips for the Ultimate Nap

Today is World Sleep Day. As parents we know how critical sleep is for ourselves and our little ones. Did you know naps have been shown to be more effective (and cheaper) than coffee or energy drinks? Before you pull out your pillow, check out these useful tips and facts from our friends at Casper. Casper is the sleep startup that created the…
March 21, 2016
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How One Mom Became Stronger Than Ever

Seven years ago Aya lost forty pounds and it was a really big deal for her. After her daughter was born (July 2015), she lost most of the baby weight but her body was ‘different’. She was very concerned that she would never feel like her pre-baby self again. That was Aya’s concern before she learned of Active Moms’ Club…
March 14, 2016
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Top 3 Exercises To Strengthen Lower Body Muscles During Pregnancy

It’s important for expectant mommas to build and maintain a strong lower body during pregnancy because it will help support the pelvis and spine through daily activities as her body weight increases. Climbing the stairs, chasing a toddler around, or walking to work requires a fit and stable mom-to-be. However, there’s more to a fit mom’s body than strong glutes. As…
January 15, 2016
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2015’s Top 10 Blog Posts for New & Expecting Moms

My mission is simple, I'm here to share a variety of useful information and opinions on all things related to Mom's world. From the best pregnancy exercises to prep you for delivery, to postpartum experiences that run the gamut from postpartum depression to an abdominal wall separation, to simple steps to get your body back after delivery. The blog has covered…
December 29, 2015
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Getting Fit & Strong After 4 Kids – Here’s How She Did It!

Active Moms’ Club Get Fit For Fall Charity Fitness Challenge yielded 14 eager mamas ready to re-shape and strengthen their bodies. The Challenge, our most successful group, goal-based program delivered impressive results. For 60-days our moms squatted, planked, lunged, ran, walked, pushed, and pulled their way to discover new found strength — and reaped the benefits of more slender waistlines!…
December 2, 2015
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How To Do a Self-Exam

It’s that time of year where we see beautiful hues of orange, red, yellows…and pink. October is breast cancer awareness month! Breast cancer scares me. Just last week one of our moms confided she has missed two weeks of training because she had breast exams which lead to a biopsy. Luckily it was benign and she is cancer-free. Early detection…
October 16, 2015
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Body After Baby: The Best 30-Minute Workout

The other day one of my clients asked me, “If I have 30-minutes to workout, what should I do”? Great question! Many women opt for cardio only, but the most effective post-baby workouts include strength training or functional exercise (think: lunges, squats, planks, pushups). Functional exercises will increase your strength, help alleviate aches and pains, torch belly fat, and give…
September 23, 2015
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Workout Secret From Your Coach – Setting Goals

When I was seven months postpartum I had a hard time losing the last 10 pounds of baby weight. Yup, even trainers have struggles. That's when I recruited some clients and created a challenge among us to lose weight. It was a success; three months later I was at my pre-baby weight and more importantly feeling like 'my old self'…
September 11, 2015
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K is for Kegel

Yesterday I was aghast when my pregnant client said to me, “I haven’t been doing my Kegels (pelvic floor exercises) during this pregnancy because I know I am having a c-section”. NO! This statement is absolutely false. Unless your healthcare provider tells you differently, every pregnant and postpartum mama should practice pelvic floor exercises once or twice a day, especially if…
August 27, 2015
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Body After Baby Transformations –How Our Moms Did It!

Active Moms’ Club 60-Day Summertime Shape-Up Fitness Challenge yielded 20 eager mamas ready to get their body back after baby. The Challenge, our most successful group, goal-based program delivered impressive results. Combined, the women lost 84 pounds, and inches from their waistlines! The camaraderie that they shared was just as inspirational, making training sessions and getting fit more fun.  …
August 11, 2015
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Racine 70.3 Ironman – Race Recap

For the last 16-weeks I have put in my training miles to compete in a half Ironman triathlon on July 19. A half Ironman consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. The last time I completed this distance tri was back in 2008, the year I was married, and before trying to start our…
July 25, 2015
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Pregnancy Super Foods

Active Moms’ Club is thrilled to introduce a new guest blogger and AMC partner – welcome, Registered Nutritionist Heather Sullivan! Heather is passionate about wellness, food, and raising a healthy family. Our pregnant mamas are always asking about nutrition and weight gain, so we asked Heather to share some tips about what to eat during pregnancy. Researchers are discovering more and…
June 1, 2015
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Establish Your Fitness Goals In 5 Easy Steps – A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish

A goal without a plan is just a wish – it's a pretty powerful statement. As part of AMC's 60-Day Summertime Shape-Up Fitness Challenge, our participants are presented with a simple questionnaire to identify their fitness goals, why their goals are important, and to create an action plan in five easy steps to achieve success. Follow These 5 Easy Steps to Establish Your…
April 27, 2015