March 18, 2014

For Mothers: Managing Back Pain Through Exrercise

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Tuesday, March 18, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

Pregnant women always complain about back pain.  The pain goes away usually a month after, but carrying your infant constantly, nursing him and doing some household chores always brings back your back pain.  The backpain is constant as the child grows.

Carrying a child puts unimaginable stress on your back.   You will be initially carrying a tiny seven pound baby until two years later when you will be carrying a 30-pound child.

Doing some sort of daily exercise routine will help a lot in managing back pain. New mothers can begin exercising soon after delivery.  This will help the lose the weight they gained which will help a lot in reducing back stress.  Engaging in exercise will also restore the muscle tone of the abdominal and back muscles which were stretched when they were pregnant.  You can start by doing a 10-minute stretching exercise. 

Adding resistance to your exercise routine will help your back muscles to be stronger and less prone to injuries that carrying a child will bring.  Use 1-3 pound dumb bells.  Using a Thera-Band is also very convenient.  Stretch bands can be used at any level.  You can start out slow if you are a beginner.  The gentle repetition that the band offers will slowly build your muscles until you can progress to advanced level.

Stretch bands are sold at different levels of resistance.  Be sure to purchase one that is suitable to your level.  There is no need to buy fancy colorful bands – although they look pretty.  Make sure that the band is of good quality and is durable.

Some mothers who do not have time to go to a sport store buy an elastic bandage/tubing at a local drug store or medical supply store.  The bandage / tubing is quite durable and are of medical grade. 

Don’t overdo your stretching exercises on the first day.  Go slow and move at a pace where you are comfortable.  Increase the resistance gradually.

March 17, 2014

Just Another Manic Monday

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Monday, March 17, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

Have you ever woke up dreading something bad will happen and it will?

Of course, I am over-reacting, but I never did expect  a person of authority to be rude.  But!  I always see them in the Senate. This rude person of authority should be in the senate!

Moving forward, although I don't easily move forward though.  I keep grudges.  If my eyes can burn holes on that rude person of authority, he would have holes all over him now (I can dream, can't I? Especially that I am a PMS-ing)

But, uncouth people should not get to me that is why I should be playing some Bangles music on my cme keyboard. Music renews me.  Music brings back my happiness. Music makes me forget rude people of authority.

And you know what, this rude old man of authority, he used to be fun, when he listened to music.  Now that he does not, he is just a sorry excuse of a person with a magnifying lense for small mistakes.

March 09, 2014

A Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthy and Working Out Part 2

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Sunday, March 09, 2014 0 comments Links to this post

Here are more tips on how to eat, live and stay healthy:

Lose Weight Teens

Try to get some exercise.  Experts say that exercising three times a week for ten minutes is just as effective as exercising thirty minutes all at once.  That means you don’t have to go to the gym to get exercise.  Help out in the garden, go for a fun run, bike around the neighborhood, walk your dog or take the stairs instead of the escalator at the mall.  All those little steps add up!

Make plans that don’t focus on food.  If you’re like me, you love getting together with your friends for pizza, ice cream, or burgers.  But if you find that you’re spending most of your friend-time sitting across a table from your buddies, it might be time to mix things up.  Go bowling, take a yoga class or just hang out at home and play Xbox Kinect games.  Lunch and dinner don’t have to be the only plans!

A little of this, a little of that.  Don’t let a cupcake psych you out.  It’s okay to have a treat once in a while, as long as you’re eating in a healthy way most of the time.  Of course, a Big Mac Diet isn’t the healthiest.  But a side of fries now and ten – just not every day! – won’t kill you.

Talk to your parents.  If your kitchen cupboards are filled with sugary treats and high-fat snacks, you may want to say something to your parents.  Sit down with them and tell them that you’re interested in healthy eating – not just for yourself, but for the rest of the family too.  Then you can all go through the kitchen together and find ways to substitute healthy foods for unhealthy ones.

Don’t use food as a reward.  You’ve aced your test, you’ve won your game – it’s cookie time!  If this is your thinking, it’s time for a mental adjustment.  Same thing if you find yourself raiding the fridge at the end of a yucky day, thinking, I deserve to eat this half-gallon ice cream.  Realize that food won’t make you feel better.  Call a friend, do your nails, redecorate your room, engage in an activity you enjoy, lose yourself in a hobby or craft project.

Don’t be too hard on yourself!  Hey, nobody’s perfect!  It’s better to eat well most of the time than to try to eat “perfectly” all the time and beat yourself up when you don’t.  Realize that there will be times – holidays, birthdays – when you eat a little more.  Just go back to your normal eating habits when the special event is over.  That way, it’s always easy to get back on track!
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