We often find ourselves making excuses for not getting to the gym, yet we ignore the easiest, most basic exercise: WALKING!!! We can walk everywhere, we can walk in the park, we can walk in the mall, with an umbrella or a parasol!! We can with our friends or while pushing a stroller, we can walk here, we can walk there, yes we can walk anywhere!!!! ( I love Dr. Seuss!!)
Walking promotes digestion, improves your mood and is a simple form of exercise that you can take anywhere with you. So get some good sneakers, lace up, put on a cheap pedometer or get an app on your phone like moves for iPhone and go out and rediscover your neighborhood. Then come back and tell me about it!!
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Remember the times when you couldn’t keep your hands off of each other and dancing was just foreplay to a night of passionate lovemaking! Well your assignment is to re-capture that feeling by engaging in some fun, music filled foreplay. Dancing is one of the most pleasurable forms of foreplay, especially if you fill with some teasing, erotic seduction. In this assignment you will use the rhythm of the music to flow from dancing to making love while giving your partner some tantalizing taste of where the dancing is leading.
Set the mood by finding music that makes you feel sexy. And while Latin music is considered some of the most erotic music, there is no right or wrong music as long as it makes you feel sexy and alluring and puts you in a seductive mood. Turn your living room or bedroom into your very own club and set the scene, have a one or two cocktails ready to get both of you in the mood. Of course you will start standing up but as you warm up and the foreplay gets heavier, let the music take over and guide you. Dance, have fun, laugh and allow your bodies to move and play with each other to the rhythm of the music. Remember your clothes can and should come off during this musical foreplay!! Have fun!
Pregnancy is often portrayed as this beautiful state of bliss, where you look beautiful as your belly grows and everyone showers you and your baby to be with attention! But beware, pregnancy will make your body do things you’ve never done before, at least not to that extent. Due to the rise of your hormones: estrogen, progesterone and beta hCG (“The Pregnancy Hormone”), your body will never be the same. The following are some pregnancy side effects to expect:
-Bigger breast and hips! Now for some, you may see this as a boon until you start missing your bra-free days!! And while we all watch our belly expand with love, most of us forget our bums are expanding as well! I recommend you invest in some comfortable underwear with good support. If you work in the corporate world, there are some great spandex underwear and belly belts that will enable you to continue looking professional while being comfortable.
-Your hair will grow, beautifully…then it will shed dramatically!! During your pregnancy, your hair will grow faster than it sheds, hence you will have some beautiful luxurious hair. Unfortunately after delivery, your hormones will return to their pre-pregnancy level and your hair will return to more balanced state and the shedding will increase to match your hair growth. I highly recommend continuing your pre-natal vitamins and investing in some biotin as well. Continue drinking a lot of fluid and eating a healthy well balanced diet and it will help attenuate the shedding. The key is to not panic because the shedding is normal.
-Gas: definitely the most embarrassing of all the pregnancy side-effects! Progesterone is an amazing hormone, it helps sustain your pregnancy and help your body do its job. Unfortunately it also slows down everything in your body so your digestion is becomes very sluggish. I suggest you stick with small meals, avoid any gas-inducing food, i.e. cabbage, etc and carry your antacid with you!
-Constipation is also a results of your progesterone surge and its resulting sluggish digestive system so drink a lot of water….I mean a lot of water! I know what you’re thinking you’ll have to spend the night going to the bathroom to pee but it’ll be worth it to not be constipated. Other tricks for the constipation, walk regularly and don’t hesitate to use Metamucil. If you are severely constipated, talk to your provider.
See you next week for a few more “not so cute” pregnancy side effects!
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