Mom-Friendly Fitness Workouts: Getting Back in Shape

Don't pooh-pooh the benefits of working out in your own home

A recent Stanford University study revealed that people who exercise in their own homes are more likely to stick with their fitness programs than people who work out elsewhere. What's more, a University of Florida study confirmed what many exercise physiologists have long suspected: people who exercise at home tend to lose more weight over the course of a year than people who exercise at other locations.

Don't allow yourself to get into a fitness rut

It's easy to allow boredom to sabotage your workout program. Either rotate fitness activities on a regular basis or find a workout buddy who can help you to stay motivated. Your body will thank you for it!

Reward yourself for sticking to your fitness program

Treat yourself to some workout clothes, a new workout video, or a new piece of exercise equipment -- anything that will encourage you to build on your fitness success.

Stick with it

Fitness should remain a priority for you long after those extra pregnancy pounds are gone. Not only will it help to ensure that your body is in the best possible physical condition: it will also help you to combat some of the day-to-day stresses that seem to go along with the whole motherhood turf!

Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting including the bestselling "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books." She regularly contributes to a number of print and online publications, is frequently quoted in the media on a range of parenting-related topics, and has appeared as a guest on a number of television and radio shows. Ann and her husband Neil live in Peterborough, Ontario. with the youngest of their four children. Learn more at her site, having-a-baby.com.

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