* Fitness Review Fest of the Week:
I love a good “Review Fest”, because it means we can psychoanalyze products until the cows come home (at least in my neighborhood, anyways). But no matter your resident bovine population, this week held a particularly tricky topic: ab belts. Do they work? Are they bogus? Take some time to lay on my metaphoric couch and let’s analyze this latest trend…
* If You Need A “Quick Fix”: The Flex Belt
I have to admit that I’m a huge fitness schnora who believes that old school is the way to go. No diet trick, magic pill or metaphoric bullet is going to make your love handles go away or your post-partum pooch vanish. Frankly, we should be focusing less us on reshaping our body after baby (and beating ourselves up for not looking the same as before), and work on embracing who we are as mothers now. We’re women, we’re warriors, and we’re role models. Being diligent with exercise and clean eating is certainly important (in fact, you can check out the brandÂ NEW Long & Lean Plan on Makeover Momma to shape up at home right now), but do newfound workout gadgets and exercise solutions really work?
Enter the notion of the ab belt. Can you get a steamy six pack from an electronic machine? Can your muscles be stimulated into action, without hours at the gym? According to the Flex website: yes. It uses Electrical Muscle Stimulation to whittle inches of your waist and keep your core engaged. Since it’s FDA approved, I can’t argue with the safety behind the device, and I have to admit: I loved using EMS on my lower back at the chiropractor some months ago. And of course there are some extremely believable aspects of these contraptions: they take 4 – 8 weeks to work (no “instant results” promised), and only work with dilligent usage. Apparently 100% of customers saw results, but since I haven’t tried it personally myself, I can’t speak from the user stand point.
So final synopsis? End verdict? In the world of health, if it’s FDA approved, has positive feedback and doesn’t hurt in anyway, it’s never going to be a bad thing. But any sort of exercise gadget, routine or product should be used in complete conjunction with a more standardized fitness routine. Again, you don’t need to work out for hours every morning to stay fit and healthy. The goal in life is to find your own version of healthy. To find a place where you have energy, eat regular fresh meals and move with your family as much as possible. Who cares what size your pants are, or if you match up with some US Weekly version of motherhood to date? Take care of your body, take care of your soul and take care of your interests as a person… and you just might find yourself being a better mother overall.
* Sound Off: Have you ever tried an ab belt or exercise machine before? What do YOU think?
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