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separator Fitness: After-Baby Priority
When your doctor tells you it's safe to exercise after you've given birth, the hardest thing can be finding the time to do it. The key is to build it into your schedule.

Make exercise a priority. If hiring a babysitter isn't an option, consider getting together with other new mothers, and swap babysitting time with them. Doing that twice a week, plus walking the baby in the stroller one or two other times per week, will help you get back in shape, sleep better and feel better in general.

Source: MJ Menna. The New Mom's Manual. Three Rivers Press, New York, New York, 2001.

Winter Sports Eye Protection
Winter sports can be hard on the eyes, so protect them.

If you're outside in the snow for long periods of time, wear sunglasses. Prolonged exposure to sun glare can damage your eyes.

If high speed is part of your winter activities, wear goggles or other protective eyewear.

Talk to your doctor or ophthalmologist to find out what kind of eye protection is right for the activities you take part in.

Exercising when Disabled
There's an exercise program out there for almost any kind of disability. It's especially important for disabled people to exercise. In general, having a disability lends itself to having a less active lifestyle. Taking part in a regular program improves muscle tone, coordination and the cardiovascular system.

Whether you're recovering from cancer or living with conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal chord injury, arthritis or osteoporosis, there's an exercise program out there for you. Talk with your doctor to make sure it's safe for you to exercise and for information about finding a program that fits your needs.

Source: American Council on Exercise and Fitness, December 2001

Cross Country Skiing
For a change from mall walking or gym workouts, think about doing some cross-country skiing this winter. Being outside is a nice change of pace, but that's not the only benefit. Cross-country skiing uses many muscles groups and it burns a lot of calories.

  • A 135-pound woman would burn about 494 calories in an hour of cross-country skiing
  • A 200-pound man would burn 730.

Source: Calorie Control Council, December 2001

Safe Cold Weather Exercise
Key things to remember about exercising in the cold:

  • Keep hands and feet warm. Lower temperatures cause blood to move toward the center of the body and away from hands and feet.
  • Keep your upper body warm, so that blood isn't drawn away from the hands and feet.
  • Next to your skin, wear fabric containing some nylon. This moves moisture away better than 100 percent cotton fabrics.
  • When the temperature is around 0 degrees F, warm the air you breathe by placing a scarf over your mouth.

Source: American Council on Exercise and Fitness, December 2001

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