If you are on a mission get fit then you know that a good fitness routine and healthy eating go hand-in-hand. Eating balanced meals are one thing, but making sure you are snacking smart is just as important. Snacks are a great opportunity to get in some extra fiber, vitamins, minerals and eating more frequently helps to boost your metabolism, but not any old snack will do! If you are as busy as we are, then you need a snack to eat on the go that doesn’t require a lot of prep but also one that tastes great- and these no bake PB & J energy bites hit all of those marks. They are incredibly easy to make, full of natural and healthy ingredients and delicious- and really that’s the most important part!
After giving birth, the last thing most of us are thinking about is exercise. And, for good reason: your body has been through the ringer the last nine months — not to mention the marathon of labor and the exhausting nature of life with a newborn!
But after you’ve healed (and been cleared for exercise by your OB!), a gentle workout routine may be just what you need to begin to refresh, strengthen and re-energize! But, with a newborn, leaving for a date at the gym is not really a feasible option. So, you need something you can either do during nap time, or with your baby.
Baby (and Mommy) yoga is the perfect postnatal workout, combining a series of stretches for baby, strength moves for mom — and bonding for both. Here’s what you’ll need to get started!
Time is of the essence when you are a mom of a tiny, toddling on-the-go human that doesn’t quite yet understand the simple bliss of just sitting still for one moment. Getting in a workout, let alone getting dressed for the day, almost seems like an impossible task on the daily to do underneath the loads of laundry and mounds of dirty dishes. Discovering new and exciting ways to interact and play with your child, while accomplishing some of those daily to do’s are a great way to not only cross off the tasks on your list faster, but also help your child grow and develop into a fabulous, well-adjusted, and in this case, a very fit little one. A beginner’s tabata style workout with your toddler is the perfect way to leave you both glistening in sweat and full of giggles.
With just the swipe of your finger, a personal trainer awaits to help get you into tip-top shape! It sounds like a dream for busy moms with maybe too little time or too little extra funds to spend at the gym each day, but thanks to technology, the prospect of having a free personal trainer working with you twenty-four-seven and an at-home gym are now within a thumb’s reach. Read on for a list of the five best FREE fitness apps that range in not only ability, but also flexibility, strength, flavor and endurance.
The New Year and your New Year’s resolutions may have already become a thing of the past but the good news is that Spring has more than sprung and Summer is on the horizon. The better news? Daily Mom is launching our Get Fit Initiative.
With the nicer weather in full swing, we want to help you get up, get out and get moving. All of us here at Daily Mom will be right alongside you , doing the same thing and offering encouragement. Be sure you keep up with our initiative for some great tips, recipes, ideas, activewear fashion (because it’s crucial to look good while getting in shape), family fun activities and inspiration on getting fit and being healthy. Remember,this is Daily Mom so we understand the responsibilities that come with having children and family as top priorities. We are here to help you work getting fit and healthy into your everyday life.
If you’re anything like us, you might go days and days wearing the same bra – and when you finally get around to washing your bras, they generally get thrown in the wash along with the dirty towels and food-stained kids’ clothes.
We should all take better care of our undergarments – especially since high-quality nursingwear is a small investment. So, here’s the low down on bra care: read up and resolve to take better care of these hard-working undergarments!
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)–commonly called cowslip, king’s cure-all, night willow-herb, and sun drop–is a wonderful plant, not only for its beautiful flower, but also for a special oil that can be made from it. This oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, and it has a wide range of amazing benefits and usefulness, the secrets of which have been passed down over many centuries. For example, primrose oil is used in both midwifery, as well as therapeutically, such as a neuropathic remedy. Its use is becoming more popular as its value is being rediscovered.
We’ve all seen them. Those moms that look so put together, so calm, so happy. They are like mystical beings, like a unicorn in the wild. How do they do it? How do they manage to look so peaceful and happy all of the time? We all love being moms, but no one among us is immune to the “mom burn out,” where we feel so exhausted, beat down, tired, sleepy, oh yeah, and more tired. We’ve all had those days where we have nothing left to give. Does that happy mom ever feel this way too? Does she have tired days. Of course she does- but chances are, she is doing some things that you are not. We’ve busted open the brain of these unicorn moms to see just what they are doing and have found 8 surprisingly simple secrets of happier moms that we can all do to help us be more calm, collected and, well, happier!
Take a stroll into the vitamin aisle of a Pharmacy, Whole Foods or other grocery store and you will likely be overwhelmed with the vast amount of vitamins, minerals, herbs and essential oils that line the shelves. With so many different brands and options for Vitamin C how are you supposed to know which will really support your body best? The world of vitamins can be a confusing area, especially for those who are unfamiliar with these mind boggling nutritional supplements. First and foremost it is important to know that all vitamins are not created equal. Consumers spend billions of dollars on these types of supplements each year and educating yourselves is the best way to ensure purchasing the best quality and most effective vitamins on the market.
It seems now a days that more and more people are going organic when it comes to their food. If you have ever bought anything organic, you know that it can cost 50% to 100% more than regular foods. The cost of food is rising, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic diet. It’s also no secret that non-organic food can contain cancer causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. We understand that it may be impossible to eat everything organic all of the time, but we have dug deep to find some tips on how you can eat organic on a budget.
When you’re pregnant, you know how important it is to watch every little thing you put in your mouth and to be aware of things in your environment. Many women are shocked to find out that what they can ingest is still somewhat limited, however, if they choose to breastfeed following pregnancy. While you can go back to eating sushi, have an occasional drink, and take a few more medications that were off limits previously, you still need to watch what goes in your system and may come out in your milk. Herbal teas are great for soothing nerves, tummies, and a sore throat–but did you know there are many teas that help boost milk production and can even help a colicky baby? Continue reading for some tea ideas that are compatible with breastfeeding and even have extra benefits.
If you are on a mission to rid your house of unwanted chemicals, a great first place to start is your cleaning cabinet. There are many excellent natural cleaning products out there on the market that not only look great but are very expensive. While these products are great to have on hand, why not save yourself some money and make some at home? We’ve already addressed all the amazing uses of vinegar when it comes to cleaning, but did you know that baking soda has almost as many surprising and natural uses? Baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and CHEAP and can be used in cleaning, baking, cooking, and even medicinally.
You’ve likely heard the saying, “summer bodies are made in the winter,” and while the saying is fairly accurate, what they fail to mention is that those coveted beach curves are also maintained throughout every. other. season. Like most of us this winter, you may have vowed to start now on a path to a healthier lifestyle, one which will give you confidence when soaking up the sun this summer. So, you took the first step getting fit, but after the high of that decision quickly wears off – Girl Scout cookies, anyone? — how do you make this decision a lifestyle rather than a momentary dream that quickly gets washed away by real life – babies that don’t sleep through the night, dinners that don’t make themselves, and time that just never seems to stop ticking? Read on for five simple changes you can make today to find – and keep – your motivation to meet your fitness goals by summer…and throughout every other season, for that matter.
Hydrogen peroxide – chemically known as H2O2 – is one of the most common household disinfectants used in all parts of the world. In fact, the odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now! Most people typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts or even as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize. Because of hydrogen peroxide’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, it makes it one of the most valuable $2.00 purchases you can make at the drug store!
Would you believe that there is a condition that at least 30% of pregnant women and 66% of women with 2 or more kids have and yet most of them do not know about? Diastasis Recti is the separation of the abdominal muscles and the thinning of the connective tissue between them. This condition is not solely the result of pregnancy, but it’s quite common. This article will outline the basics of what every woman should know–before, during, and after pregnancy, about conditioning and rehabilitating their abdominal muscles for better function and (bonus!) to improve their appearance.