During the last 26 years, we’ve certified over 119,000 health, nutrition, and fitness professionals. Each month, we recognize one of our distinguished graduates who use what they have learned to inspire others and make a difference. Meet our graduate for the month of August, Maithilee Samant, an AFPA certified holistic nutritionist.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and becoming a mom are all beautiful yet exhausting journeys in life. After pregnancy, you may be feeling low in energy (and no, it’s not just because the baby is siphoning all your energy and refusing to sleep). While you’ll get in plenty of cardio chasing your baby around once they’re a toddler, you’re likely looking for some post-pregnancy workouts or a postnatal exercise routine to help you regain energy and feel your best.
If you’re looking for postnatal workouts, we want to stress the importance of finding these workouts for you and nobody else. It’s perfectly ok if your post-baby body isn’t the same as your pre-pregnancy body. You’ve just had a baby, and this is something that should be celebrated. Seriously, go you!
So while we’re sharing some of our favorite after pregnancy workouts below, we don’t want moms to feel pressured into working out to
No matter how much of a rush you’re in when you’re working out, you shouldn’t skip your warm-up. Whether you’re heading into a group workout class or working out solo, you’ll need to warm up properly before you get started. We’re sharing the benefits of warming up and tips on how to properly warm-up for your workout.
Benefits of Warming Up Before a Workout
Our bodies aren’t ready to jump right into a workout from a resting or relaxed state, warming up is important for getting your body ready for the exercise you’re about to do. Think of it as a gradual revving up of your cardiovascular system, warming up will help increase your blood flow to your muscles. It can also help you from getting sore or injured during your workout. 
Our muscles don’t get a lot of blood flow when we’re not using them, so it’s important
Normal office chairs are notorious for negatively impacting your posture, especially if you are sitting in them improperly. Slouching in your chair may also lead to a decrease in your core strength and a number of other health problems we’ll explore further in this article.
The solution? It may be replacing your office chair for a stability ball.
Here, we discuss the science behind the connection between how we sit and our health, the potential benefits of sitting on a stability ball, and several exercises for improving your back health and posture.
The Biomechanics of Sitting
Just like all our movements, sitting requires the activation and relaxation of certain muscles, and it stresses different bones. The parts of the body that are most studied regarding sitting posture is the spine and back (lumbar region) and the pelvis. The hamstring muscles also influence sitting posture, however.
The biomechanics of sitting can