Fitness Friday! MOLO Week 6
This was Week 6 of the Baby Boot Camp Mother Love Fitness Challenge (MOLO):
Squats Three Ways
Last week was Single Leg Movements.
Week 6: Squats Three Ways
From the Baby Boot Camp MOLO newsletter:
Squats are one of the most effective exercises to strengthen and condition the overall body. Because so many of our large muscle groups are being worked, the squat is an effective exercise for burning calories and building muscle.
Squats will improve the shape and appearance of your butt and hip & thigh area, while increasing strength and flexibility in your lower back.abdomen and a stronger lower back. Make a conscious effort to hold in your abdominal muscles while squatting down to increase this effect.
Whenever you bend down to pick something up, you’ll be thankful that, because of your squat exercise routine, you’ll have the strength and flexibility to get the job done!
MOLO assignment: Plan your workouts for the week and put them in your calendar.
Workout planning is just as important as meal planning. Actually, I consider it more important! Taking class with Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) over a year ago jump-started my path to fitness. Knowing there is a specific time each day (9:30am – 10:30am) when class is offered mentally helps me plan my day. When I belonged to a gym and was single without a child, I rarely went. What a waste of money that was. I had that “it will always be there” mentality, and kept on putting it off. Oddly enough, the busier I am, the better I am at managing my time and prioritizing tasks. For me, exercise and cooking top the list of tasks. Wow, I really sound like a grown-up! (LOL).
MOLO assignment: Consume 10 servings of fruits and vegetables today. Why? Your body needs them to offset the oxidative stress that occurs in your body from working out.
Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) trainers Melinda and Elizabeth encourage healthy eating in addition to exercise. The End of Dieting is an informative book recommended by them, to pair with our MOLO challenge. It emphasizes the importance of eating vegetables to help combat common illnesses and ailments.
MOLO assignment: Check in with another MOLO participant today to see how they’re doing.
I love all the friends I’ve made and wonderful fitness-minded women I’ve met through Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey)! This MOLO challenge is great because of the support we receive from one another and encouragement to reach our personal goals.
MOLO assignment: Do 10 sumo squats each time you check Facebook today.
I did 20 squats, or was it 30? I lost track. Anyway, I was very conscious of my Facebook logins. I only checked because my friend sent me a message!
MOLO assignment: Review your food log today.
Food logging is especially important if you want to lose weight. I don’t log food anymore, but when I did, it was helpful and insightful. You don’t realize how quickly calories from snacks and drinks can add up. That’s one of the reasons why I mainly drink water. I drink for refreshment, not for empty calories.
Mom’s Night Out
at Athleta at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica hosted Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) hosted Mom’s Night Out. In addition to champagne and chocolate, we were treated to 25% off our purchase. Thanks, Melinda and Elizabeth for being great customers to get us invited to their friends and family event!
MOLO assignment: Replace a weekend alcoholic drink with a spritzer or mocktail.
I stopped drinking for the duration of my pregnancy and the few months after while I breastfed my baby. When I was “in the clear” to drink again, I was really excited. That much anticipated drink, however, was kind of a let-down. Partly, because I had to be responsible (waking up with a hangover to take care of an infant did not appeal to me), and it tasted different. I enjoy a cocktail every now and then, but it’s no longer something I’m that enthusiastic about. Call me a boring mom, I don’t mind! 🙂
MOLO assignment: Do 5 squats each time you hear/see the word “squat” today.