My Fitness Toolbox

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I can’t believe it’s the 7th day of March already!?! My birthday is exactly 1 WEEK from today! ūüėÄ
I am loving the opportunity to share my passion for health and fitness with you through the #MyMarchMaddness platform and I really do hope that you are enjoying it too!

I often get asked by people starting out on their fitness journeys¬†, “What do I need?” and the honest answer is that it’s different for each person, but here are a few staples in my fitness toolbox that¬†could help you get started.

  1. My Fitbit : Those who know me know that I am a HUGE advocate for the Fitbit. Early in my postpartum fitness journey, I was looking for something that I could use to count my steps, monitor my heart rate and track my exercises. I did lots of research and finally settled on the Fitbit because for a decent price it gave me EVERYTHING I wanted and more!
    I set all kinds of goals and reminders in it and I¬†really like the little¬†summaries that it produces. I¬†most especially love that it’s not bulky and¬†therefore can be a standard¬†“accessory”.
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  2. MyFitnessPal : I am not big on calorie counting, but I love having this app handy –¬†especially when menu and meal prepping – to ensure that I know exactly what I’m putting in my body!¬†Another great thing about it,¬†I’m sure a lot of people will love, is that it syncs with the Fitbit app so¬†all¬†my calorie intake and¬†calorie burn¬†information is in one place. This is an awesome way to¬† ensure that¬†you¬†are not¬†“eating away all your¬†hard work” because an overall¬†calorie deficit is required in order to lose weight.
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  3. Exercise Videos¬†: There are¬†lots of awesome exercise videos available on YouTube and various apps out there. I highly recommend these for those just getting started out on their fitness journey¬†or¬†those who don’t¬†have access to a gym because it’s¬†almost like having your own personal trainer. I usually recommend Jillian Michaels¬†for beginners¬†because her stuff is simple but impactful (is that even a word?).¬†I recently started using some of ¬†Shaun T’s stuff and I love them too – not so simple, but quick and to the point, great¬†for burning high calories in a short amount of time.
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  4. Weights : I know that weights intimidate a lot of people but I highly recommend them! Adding weights to any workout helps build strength and muscle and muscle burns fat! For the first 6 months of my postpartum weight loss journey I only exercised at home -using 5lb weights Рand I was able to lose almost 60lbs!
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  5. My Kids¬†: I guess technically this could have fallen under #4 because My Kids are my¬†favourite kind of weights”¬†to use. One of may favourite sayings is “they are a reason, not an excuse!”. When¬†I exercise with them they have fun and I have fun. Thanks to my very comfortable ergobaby¬†I can use my 25lb¬†1 year old¬†to add some resistance to almost everything I do, and my 35lbs 3.5 year old works for a decent dead-lift or weighted planks/push-ups.
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