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'Back To Motivayshun Nayshun!' Andi Eigenmann Shares What Motivates Her To Regain Fitness
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  • A-year-and-a-half after giving birth to her third child, Andi Eigenmann has gone back to actively pursuring her fitness goals.

    The actress and "island Mama to Ellie, Lilo & Koa" said in a recent Instagram post that she's training again in boxing with her coach, who uses the handle @theislandboxer.

    Andi's post has reels of her sparring with her coach and working out at a gym of Ilakai Hostel in the surf town and island of Siargao. She and her kids are based in Siargao, the hometown of her fiancé Philmar Alipayo, also the father of Lilo and Koa.

    "Back to motivayshun nayshun!" she wrote in the caption.

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    A few days later, Andi shared the latest in her series of surfing photos along with a confession.

    She said, "My biggest motivation in reaching my health and fitness goals is really to brave more intense wipe- outs in the future. Trial and error, as they say!"

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    In those photos and video clips, Andi looks not just slimmer but more fit since having Koa in January 2021 (read here).

    She explained in her working out post, as a disclaimer, what's working for her: "The diet plays a big part in this fitness journey, specially when the goal is to shed some weight. But choosing physical activities and sports to enjoy enough to do regularly is a good tip to be consistent!"

    She added, "When I challenge myself to achieve something in a specific sport, I get into a mindset of going for it in a holistic way. Most importantly in eating the right nutrient- dense foods that go with the fitness goal!"

    4 steps in starting a fitness routine

    Here are a few tips to help you motivate to exercise:

    Know thy self

    Having a good grasp of your fitness level will make it easier to figure out what works for you. Plus, for individuals with health conditions, a go signal from a health professional is advised.

    Then, pick an activity you enjoy—be it running, swimming, dancing, yoga, cycling, or anything else. The chances of you sticking with it and turning it into a habit will be higher.

    Low-impact exercises, like walking, are always recommended when you're starting out because they’re easier on the joints and muscles, not mention it's free and doesn't require any equipment.

    Start slow

    One way to measure the intensity of your exercise is to check your heart rate or pulse while exercising. A moderate-intensity workout, for example, would be within 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate.

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    The Department of Health and Human Services in the U.S. advises adults to get 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of physical activity per week; that's about 30 minutes a day. However, you don’t have to complete all of that just yet.

    Twenty minutes a day, three times a week is recommended for someone starting out, says Kelly Drew, an exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.

    Plan and prepare

    Plot out which days of the week you’re going to get your body moving. Don’t make time as an excuse not to exercise, either. “No one has time to exercise—it's about finding the time, making the time,” says Drew.

    Even a 10-minute exercise can be beneficial, she adds. She also recommends setting down goals as early as now to help you stay motivated to keep up your routine. Exercising with a friend helps, too.

    If your chosen exercise or sport requires equipment, make sure you do your research on which would work best for you.

    The basic requirement for walking, for example, is just a pair of walking shoes. (Remember, a wrong pair that’s uncomfortable and causes pain would make you lose motivation and could stop you from exercising altogether.)

    Also, check out YouTube for easy yoga and Pilates that only requires a mat for the routines. Don't worry—flexibility not required either.

    Listen to your body

    On the first few days of your exercise, listen well to what your body’s telling you. If you feel pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or nausea, take a break. Allot a recovery period for yourself. Tweak your fitness program, or try something new. You don't need to box yourself in one exercise, and that's the fun part.

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    Read also: This Mom Who Lost 110 Pounds Says No Need to Go to a Gym

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