Originally posted by Carnation:
Three cheers for Body Flex!!! It has helped me lose 50# (with 25# to go). On days when my joints won't let me do anything else (arthritis) I can always breathe!!! Look up Greer Childers Body Flex on the Internet. You'll be very glad you did. The stretches are deceptively easy-looking and the breathing takes practice. But it is a superior work-out.(If you are pregnant you can do the Oxycize because there is no pulling in of abdominals as there is in Body Flex.) Carleen...
Hi Carleen! Congratulations on your great success! That's fantastic!
I'm so glad that you have a found a program that's working so well for you!
I just wanted to clarify the part about using Oxycise! during pregnancy versus using Body Flex. The major difference between Body Flex and Oxycise! is the breath-holding. Body Flex has you hold your breath where Oxycise! does not. They both have you "pull in" (or contract) your abdominal muscles.
Here's what Jill Johnson has said about holding your breath:
"The goal is to increase your oxygen consumption. If you are holding your breath, that means you are not inhaling or exhaling--hence your cells are basically put on hold. (You know what happens when you hold your breath for a couple minutes--all metabolism shuts down.)
"Also, there are some conditions like high blood pressure, and glaucoma which can be aggravated by breath holding. It is also not healthy during pregnancy.
"Soooo, keep the oxygen pumping!"
Jill also addresses using Oxycise! during pregancy (which she did with her fourth pregnancy) at her website under the FAQ section. The URL is http://www.oxycise.com/FAQ/questions.htm
. In part though, it says:
"Be sure and check with your physician. Everyone has different bodies, and on occasion there are those who have various problems with pregnancy.
"However, if you do not have a history of miscarriages, or other problems of pregnancy (other than gaining too much weight) then you should be fine lifting and tightening your abdominal area. In fact, by doing so, you will develop wonderful support muscles for that area, as well as getting toned and trim. This will help you avoid other possible problems with carrying your baby as you move into the last couple months.
"You might wish to adapt some of the body positions to make them more comfortable as you get farther along. The Oxycise! eating guidelines are also fine for pregnancy.
"Always use common sense and wisdom in what you do."
The Oxycise! Basic Breath is not difficult, but, as you have said with Body Flex, it too takes a little practice to learn. What makes Oxycise! so effective is that you combine several steps at the same time--deep breathing, contraction of the abdominal muscles, plus various toning and strengthening body positions. Once you learn to coordinate these actions it becomes like "second nature."
Keep up the great work, Carleen, and as Jill says, "Keep on Breathin'!"
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