When you can’t work out, Work in

RENÉE VINCENT HELPS NEW PARENTS FIND WAYS TO EXERCISE IN THEIR OWN HOMES,AND SHARES TIPS FOR DESIGNING A PERSONALISED AND WELL-BALANCED WORKOUT.

Starting a family can be a time of great upheaval. All your previous routines and habits go out the window as you get to know your baby and get to grips with being on duty 24/7. One of the things parents often have trouble finding time for in their new routine is exercise.

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Busy Bodies

Fitness expert Renée Vincent advises on the importance of movement for toddlers and how, as parents, we can serve as their first coaches.

Development happens dramatically in the first 1000 days. During this time a child transitions from being a newborn with only basic survival reflexes to a fully-fledged preschooler who can run, jump and climb. As a physiotherapist, I observe and analyse movement daily but nothing prepared me for the joy and wonder I have experienced watching my son grow. I found it fascinating to see from birth his innate drive to move, to repeat things over and over, to seek new experiences, to take risks and to stretch his boundaries.

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Pregnancy WOF


Renee writes for OHbaby! magazine and this article was featured in the 2014 spring issue.

Pregnancy and birth really put your body through its paces. Follow OHbaby! expert and physiotherapist Renée Vincent’s checklist to ensure you’re on the road to a speedy recovery By the time you’re holding your newborn, your body will have been through two major transformations – a significant increase in size followed by a sudden reduction when you give birth.

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Looking after the girls

Breast are the unsung heroes of motherhood but often soldier on without the support they need. Renee Vincent explains why and how we should show them more love.

The childbearing years can be hard on a woman’s breasts. With changes during pregnancy and then the process of breastfeeding one or more children, many mums feel that their breasts are not what they were before children. Yet considering the degree to which breasts are affected by pregnancy and

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Let’s Play

YOU’RE NOT JUST A FAMILY, YOU’RE A TEAM! RENÉE VINCENT SHARES A FEW IDEAS ON HOW TO GET ACTIVE WITH YOUR WHANAU THIS SUMMER.

As the days get longer and the trees start to burst with new life, we naturally feel more like heading outside and getting moving. You can really capitalise on this impulse by planning your family’s physical activities over the summer months. While many families already make time for physical activity, in the rush and bustle of modern life, it is easy for some members of the family to not get the exercise they need for good health.

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Starting from Scratch

The demands of caring for small children mean exercise is the last thing many new parents have time for. OHbaby! fitness expert Renée Vincent gets honest about deconditioning and answers the awkward question of just how fit is unfit.

Renee writes for OHbaby! magazine and this article was featured in the latest issue.

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Mama on the move

Are you unsure about what level of Or perhaps you’re wondering how on earth anyone manages to even get off the couch while pregnant, let alone continue their fitness routines.

Then this article is for you.

Mounting scientific evidence shows us that exercising during pregnancy has important health benefits for both mother and baby. The Journal of American Medicine Association and BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth both report that physical exercise during pregnancy helps reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, pre- eclampsia and excessive pregnancy weight gain for a mother.

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Just Breathe

We all recognise that breathing is a vital function, but many of us do not realise just how important it is to breathe well. It is easy to take our breathing for granted – we’ve literally been doing it since the day we were born.

But when we don’t breathe with an optimal pattern, we become vulnerable to uncomfortable physical and mental symptoms. To quote breathing expert Tania Clifton-Smith from Breathing Works, how we breathe affects “the way we feel, the way we look, the way we move, the way we function, the way we present ourselves and the way we speak”.

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Exercise after pregnancy

This is what was published in the Parnell/Newmarket/City Plunket Newsletter. We hope you enjoy our column and we welcome your feedback.

The importance of exercise after pregnancy

By Alexandra Couling

There is plenty of evidence to suggest exercise is just as important after pregnancy as it is throughout pregnancy.

As well as numerous health benefits, exercise following pregnancy enables you to prepare for the demands of becoming a new mother by increasing your strength, muscle tone and building endurance. It helps you more effectively carry your increased weight, resulting in less discomfort.

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