Post Pregnancy Exercise

Post Pregnancy Exercise

We decided to forego a planned visit to a spa and try The Happy Body program instead. The positive impact of the program was immediate. We started to lose weight, we had more energy, and the exercises were interesting and varied. Plus, we exercised at home, and it only took 45 minutes. Within 2 months I was 10 pounds lighter, had gained 6 pounds of muscle, and had a spring in my step again. The quality of my tennis game improved so much I started playing singles again… and winning!

More proof of success is the reduction in medication that I had been taking to control my blood pressure and cholesterol levels. My doctor has currently stopped two of my cholesterol medications and reduced another by half. I have completely stopped needing to take two of the blood pressure medications, reversing my trend over the last few years of taking more and more pills.

I now like myself better, too. The weight loss (without food cravings, I should add) has reduced my belt size by 3 notches, and I feel that I have claimed back 15 years of my life. I am moving steadily towards my target weight and continuing to enjoy the exercises. I feel I am building a solid fitness base so I can enjoy the quality of life that I seek.

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The most important factor in improving and maintaining performance of any kind is recovery. This includes both physical and mental improvement and maintenance. Ernest Hemingway said that when he was writing, he would continue until he reached a creative peak, then he would stop. Years of experience taught him when that moment arrived. He knew that he had stopped at the right point when he sat down the next day to write again and found that his writing was effortless. In between, his mind had processed new images and new situations automatically, both when he was awake and when he was asleep and dreaming. Hemingway understood the process of recovery. He would stop writing before burning out so he could face the blank page.

This same principle applies to artists of all kinds, to athletes, and, in fact, to anyone who works. Artists have more difficulty in seeing this than, let’s say athletes, because they cannot so easily measure their results. But an athlete such as a sprinter can see precisely how he or she is speeding up or slowing down.

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