5 Tips to Get the Most out of a YMCA Membership

Many of us have joined a gym and not taken advantage of the membership we paid for, and we are left feeling frustrated at wasted money and unmet fitness goals. The problem may be that a regular gym doesn’t provide all the resources necessary for a family to successfully meet their fitness needs.  Instead of joining a gym, joining your local YMCA as a family can help you create a healthier lifestyle.  If you are thinking of joining the YMCA or are already a member, here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your valuable membership.

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7 Essential Tips for Hiking with Kids

Do you love hiking but now you have kids? Have no fear! You don’t have to abandon the joy of the trails just because you have little ones. Kids naturally love the outdoors and are drawn to wide open spaces, so why not take them along the next time you want to follow your favorite trail? Kids, of course, always require some careful consideration, but with a little planning you can be prepared so that your kids can be taught how to hike the correct way and actually enjoy it too!

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10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.

Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1

So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?

First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.

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10 Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids

Did you know that the average kid between the ages of 2-6 spends about two hours a day in front of a screen (and, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, that’s a conservative number)?  What’s more, the AAP estimates that kids ages 8-18 spend more than seven hours a day looking at screen media.

Gulp.

This summer, let’s shift the media imbalance, ok? Let’s pledge to get moving, go outside and make some lasting memories! Here are 10 screen-free activities you and your family can do this summer.

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Children And Water: The 411 on Proper Hydration

It is no secret that all living things need water to survive, including your children. Nowadays when you enter the grocery store you are surrounded by so many drink options. There are endless aisles of flavored waters, coconut waters, kombuchas, juices, sodas and so much more. With so many options it may be hard to steer your child in the direction of simple water. However, it is important as a parent that you understand the importance of getting your little ones on the water bandwagon. Water makes up more than half of your child’s body weight and is essential in helping them stay hydrated during these long and hot summer days. Instilling the early habit of drinking water is critical for your children’s great longterm health.

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Clean Up Your Skin Routine

Clean Up Your Skin Routine

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, absorbing up to 5 lbs of makeup each year! Yes, you read that correctly! Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream directly–bypassing the kidneys, your bodies built in defense system for the harmful chemicals that may enter via our food. This is all the more reason that some skin care experts are recommending that we start paying more attention to our skin care routine. From your soap and exfoliants, to your lipstick and eyeliner, it’s time to lend a more critical eye to what goes on your skin and into your body. This article will focus on your basic skincare products–from soaps and toners to your anti-aging lotions, creams, and serums.

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Athleta: All Sport Activewear

If you are in need of activewear that works at the gym, the beach, and while out running errands, Athleta is your line. They offer fashionable options that you won’t want to change out of when your workout ends–and why should you? Throw a jacket or a sweater on over your tank or sports bra and get to knocking out your to-do list. We’re highlighting some outfits that show the versatility of their clothing for a variety of activities and styles.

#DMGETSFIT

Ready to Get Fit 2015? Throughout the next few months we’ll be posting regularly about fitness and nutrition. All of us here at Daily Mom will be right alongside you, taking steps to be healthier and offering each other encouragement. Be sure you keep up with our initiative for some great tips, recipes, ideas, activewear fashion, family fun activities, and inspiration on getting fit and being healthy. And remember–this is Daily Mom so we understand the responsibilities that come with having children and families as top priorities. We are here to help each other incorporate fitness and healthy choices into our everyday life.

Get involved with your fellow moms and keep us updated on your progress! Tag us with @dailymomtweets or @dailymomig and don’t forget our hashtag #dmgetsfit!

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4 Questions that Drive Personal Change

4 Questions that Drive Personal Change

We’ve all been there. We want to change something about our lives, but we don’t know where to start. We make resolutions, post our goals on Facebook and set off to take on the world. Unfortunately, for most of us, it seems that even our greatest efforts tend to go nowhere. 

So, how do you implement successful changes in your life? We’ve got four critical questions perfectly designed to drive personal change.

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Daily Mom Fitness Challenge

Fitness Challenge

As part of our Get Fit Initiative, Daily Mom wants to challenge you to get in shape!  We have done all the work for you…well maybe not all of it.  We did a lot of research and found some of the best exercises to strengthen your legs, arms and core muscles!  We even found videos that demonstrate the correct way to perform each strengthening exercise.  Follow the Daily Mom Fitness Challenge calendar and the links within to get fit moving into this summer!

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3 Yoga Routines to Relax, Reset and Recharge Your Toddler

Toddlers have ridiculous amounts of energy. So. much. energy. These little energy superheroes sometimes use their energy for good– but not always. What’s a parent to do when their toddler is bouncing off the walls, misbehaving, throwing a tantrum or simply whining in that obnoxious-toddler-whine-that-immediately-gets-under-a-parent’s-skin-and-makes-them-want-to-just-acquiesce-to-whatever-it-is-they’re-whining-about?

Toddler yoga.

Channel your child’s negative energy into Downward Dog, Warrior and Plank poses. Make him laugh with Cat/Cows, Jumping Tree and Three Legged Dogs. Calm her down with Mountain pose, Lion’s breath and Child’s pose. Let’s get started!

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11 Activewear Brands You Need to Know About

11 Activewear Brands you NEED to know about

Are you following our Get Fit Initiative? As promised, we are not only bring you some great articles related to health and wellness but also a plethora of AMAZING activewear. When it comes to leading a healthy and active life, looking great is definitely a huge part of it. The clothes that you wear can actually go a long way in getting you motivated. We have searched high and low to bring you some of the best activewear that you can find on the market today. Today, we are excited to introduce you to our first collection of these high-quality and stylish brands.

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10 Beginner’s Tips for Training for a Marathon

There are two types of people in the world: ones who would love to run a marathon and ones that say “NO WAY.” If you are reading this post, then chances are you have thought that accomplishing this goal is something that you would consider doing. Perhaps you are a beginning or novice runner and think that this is something you’d love to do eventually, or perhaps you are an avid runner and want to take the leap into marathon training. Either way, it is a given that training for and completing that feat of running 26.2 miles is no joke and not a decision that should be made lightly. 

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