Hot Mama Fitness: Workout & Bring Baby!

Hot Mama Fit – Moms work out while their kids play! We offer group fitness classes for moms who want a quick, effective and fun work. We welcome all moms, whether you are newly postpartum and looking to get back into fitness or an experienced exerciser!

Hot Mama isn’t just about fitness; it’s about empowering women, building community and embracing family fitness. Mamas often take care of everyone else before themselves. Hot Mama provides a safe, supportive space where they can work out while not worrying about childcare. It’s a bonus that the kids witness firsthand what an amazing, strong role model their mama can be!

Each Hot Mama location offers a variety of classes, from low impact, strength-based workouts to high intensity Cardio Blasts. Don’t worry… Every class can be modified to your current fitness level.

We also offer Body Smarts, our 12 week nutrition program designed by a Registered Dietician and PhD in Exercise Physiology (next session starting this week and again in January 2019), Bootylicious Run Group, our super popular 12 week program designed for the beginner to intermediate runner (next session starting Spring 2019) and Screw The Scale, our 8 week fitness education and self-love program.

There are currently 3 locations in Calgary – Calgary SE, Calgary NE- Marlborough and Calgary West Sarcee. Your first week is always FREE to try! Moms who are 8-24 weeks postpartum get four weeks of classes for FREE (2/week) as part of our Postpartum Initiative. Visit http://hotmamafit.com/ to find the location nearest you and email us to get started!

Hot Mama Health & Fitness is giving away a 4 class pass (valued at $59.97) to use at any one of our three Calgary locations – SE, West or NE. The 4 class pass will be valid for 1 month from first use. Enter HERE for your chance to win! 

Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Calgary.

THE CALGARY BABY & TOT SHOW
FOR BUMP, BABY & BEYOND!
September 29th & 30th, 2018
BMO Centre, Stampede Park

A premier parenting event designed to put everything you need under one roof. Featuring local and national exhibitors showcasing the latest in apparel, services, products and toys to assist parents and caregivers every step of the way. Join industry experts in the seminar theatre, with educational presentations discussing everything from pregnancy to preschool! Interactive play areas, arts and crafts and ongoing entertainment for the whole family!

Mommy Connections Calgary will be hosting the Craft Booth as well as doing an interactive talk on building your community and getting you connected to other Moms in the city!

THE WINNERS:

Week 1 Giveaway: This week’s winners are Elaine B., Amanda M., Rebecca O., Chantelle L., Emily K.

Week 2 Giveaway: This week’s winners are Anna C., Christine S., Adriana A., Anita, Jessie

Week 3 Giveaway: This week’s winners are Nicole L., Chelsey M., Christine M., Rachel E., Lindsey D.

    Written By Lori Pohl of Lori Pohl Massage & Wellness

    Fall is in the air, the kids are back to school and routines are being re-established. I don’t even have kids old enough to be in school and I love how life just seems to go back to “normal” in September. Things just seems more routine, structured, less chaotic and I have more time for ME. Anyone else?

    This is always such a great time to re-establish self care practices that seem to get forgotten during the summer. Everyone is so busy going here and there, travelling, camping and enjoying the sun that normal everyday things like regular self-care get forgotten about.

    But what is self care really? When someone asks what you do for self-care, how do you respond?

    Most people would give an answer like go for a walk, take a bath, read a book, watch a funny movie, get your nails did, or get a massage!

    And those are all really great things to do – especially that last one!

    But I am biased being a Massage Therapist. 😉

    Really, though, self care is the art of practicing self love. In talking to people who struggle to find the time for self care and upon digging deeper what we actually discover is that people struggle to find themselves worthy of taking time out for themselves. They feel guilty when they do.

    Give that a minute to sink in.

    As moms we give, give, and give some more. It’s so important to give back to ourselves in order to fill our cup as well as allowing ourselves to receive. Ever heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup?” Well, I’m here to remind you it’s true.

    Do you ever feel guilty sitting in the tub thinking that you should be doing something else?

    Do you struggle to go to a yoga class because that means your significant other will have to put the kids to bed?

    Do you feel bad when you drop your kids off at the babysitter or dayhome because you want the afternoon to yourself but instead just feel like your kid will feel neglected?

    Here’s the thing: when you make time for yourself you can show up more fully as a human, a mother, a partner, a sister, an employee, and the list goes on!

    I get it. Sometimes the days get away on you when you’re dealing with babies, toddlers or older kids. But self-care doesn’t always require a ton of time.

    Here are some self care tips that don’t involve a lot of time at all but rather a shift in your mindset to one that makes choices from a place of self love and honouring yourself.

    Saying no and having boundaries.

    Don’t say yes to All. The. Things. Only say yes when you really mean it and when you want to do that Thing. Don’t overcommit and maybe you will have time to do some yoga in your living room or get out to that class! Being a people pleaser doesn’t get anyone anywhere. Do you. Have boundaries on what you can and can’t do and stick with them.

    Take some time away from your phone.

    Set your phone to vibrate. Answer it only when you want to. That’s why they invented voicemail. Take breaks from Social Media. I always have my notifications turned off and I check in when I want to. Don’t be a slave to your phone! Be present with the ones you love and disconnect from your phone.

    Watch your thoughts.

    This means being aware of your inner critic. We all have one. No one is perfect. But the difference lies in whether or not we allow that voice to rule our lives. Tell it to take a hike and replace that thought with something kind. Talk to yourself the way you would talk to your child. Yeah. Let that sink in. You definitely wouldn’t say that nasty thought to your child.

    Delegate and ask for what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask your partner to throw in the laundry or cook dinner. Got company coming for dinner and need that last ingredient? Ask them to pick it up. I’m sure they won’t mind, in fact, people love to help so tell them how they can.

    Choose foods that nourish you and help you feel healthy.

    Make a conscious choice to choose the option that is lower in sugar, has more vegetables, less caffeine….whatever! Think good, better, best.

    Get help before things get bad.

    This could be your mental or physical health. Why walk around in pain, agony or even sadness if there are professionals out there waiting to help you? Reach out. Often if you catch things early you can recover more quickly. I am a big fan of preventative wellness.

    Call a friend or make regular time to catch up with your girlfriends.

    Women are wired differently. Men have a more typical response to stress – fight or flight. Women do, too, but not so much. When women feel stressed they “tend or befriend”. The best way to produce oxytocin in your brain is to connect with another human being by nurturing or helping them, OR by having a chat with a close friend and venting about what’s REALLY going on. None of that surface crap about the weather.

    Drink enough water to stay hydrated.

    Go to bed earlier. Get enough rest. When you are tired, rest. Even if you don’t sleep, put your feet up for a bit or lay down in bed and close your eyes.

    Take 3 deep breaths to reset and release stress throughout your day if you are having “a moment”. You know those moments when you spill all the breast milk you just pumped and the dog crapped on the carpet and the babies screaming and the toddler’s cutting his own hair.

    When you make your health and wellbeing a priority in your life and take the time you need for self-care, the ripple effect it has on your family and your kids is hugely influential. You are role modelling for them what it means to take good care of yourself and create healthy habits. And you don’t have to do it alone. So whatever you need, whether its a yoga class, acupuncture, Chiro, counselling, or a spa day-make the time and book it in.

    And if you need a massage or reflexology session, I’m here to support you in that way.

    Lori is a mobile registered Massage therapist and Reflexologist in Calgary, AB. A busy mom of 2 her passion is helping moms during pregnancy, postpartum and into motherhood feel better in their bodies, relax and unwind and transition to motherhood with ease. To find out more about her services or to book a massage go to www.loripohlmassage.ca

    For a chance to win a free 60 minute mobile session click here to enter! Contest closes Friday, September 14th at  6pm.

    Back-to-school time is the perfect time to incorporate good oral health habits into a child’s daily routine. At Sierra Dental, with our Children’s Hygiene Program, we want to help you make sure your kids are ready to start their school year right, and an important part of that is making sure they have a healthy smile to show off. Sierra Dental has 3 locations in Calgary and Airdrie. We offer all general dentistry services and have a Certified Orthodontist, Periodontist, Denturist and Pediatric Specialist.

    BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST:

    Schedule a dental visit

    Get back to the regular brushing routine

    Focus on good nutrition

    Practice smiling!

    Dental problems can get in the way of your child concentrating in school and even cause your child to miss school days for emergency dental appointments or tooth aches. Having a good oral care routine at home and encouraging proper dental maintenance not only builds self- confidence, but it teaches your kids how to keep their health in high priority.

    Oral care is usually listed last on most back to school to do lists, but it’s an important part of a child’s health.

    Here are some back to school dental tips to help your kids shine:

    • Get your kids in the routine of brushing their teeth at least twice a day.

    • A 2-minute brushing timer beside the sink (we are happy to provide one for you) will encourage your kids to spend time on their oral health during the school year.

    • Replace your toothbrushes regularly- we recommend that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months to avoid buildup of germs and bacteria.

    • See a dentist for your child’s regular dental exam before they go back to school, if you haven’t already.

    • Pack healthy lunches consisting of fruits and vegetables to make sure your child gets the nutrition they need. Replace soft drinks and juices with water to keep your kids sugar consumption low.

    • Schedule all outstanding dental appointments, like fillings, before your kids go back to school so they won’t have to miss any school days during the year.

    Sierra Dental’s Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist

    Dr. Mostafa Altalibi received his D.M.D from the prestigious McGill University, graduating with the highest honour as the valedictorian of his class and having won numerous other awards including the American Association of Orthodontists Award.

    Dr. Altalibi is currently involved in exciting research at the Positive Psychology Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, to establish the means to boost his patients’ self-esteem throughout orthodontic treatment. He’s also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta Undergraduate Dental Clinic. He has published numerous research articles in respected scientific peer-reviewed journals on cleft lip and palate, surgical procedures, obstructive sleep apnea, and the new cone beam tomography technology. Moreover, Dr. Altalibi is an examiner and fellow of the Royal College of Canada.

    Dr. Amin Salmasi hails from Montreal and has studied and worked all across Canada. He has always been an avid student and has pursued multiple fields of research and science. He started his journey at McGill University studying the field of microbiology and immunology. Upon completion of degrees in microbiology and immunology, he obtained his dental degree at McGill, then entered the hospital dental residency program at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH) in Vancouver.

    During his academic career, Dr. Amin was a clinical instructor at UBC in the pediatric dentistry department. There he would teach dental students the best methods for interacting with and treating children of all ages and abilities. Also concurrent with his studies, Dr. Amin practiced dentistry in many different communities ranging from small (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) to large (Vancouver).

    SIERRA DENTAL (CALGARY AND AIRDRIE LOCATIONS) 403-297-9600 WWW.SIERRADENTAL.CA

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