Have you spent the first weeks of 2015 wondering if this is the year? YOUR year? Every year people all across the world set goals or resolutions for the upcoming year, some may be realistic while some could be completely unobtainable, even for the most determined of personality types. Oftentimes these resolutions include getting fit by summer, cutting out sugar or fat for 6 weeks or embarking on the newest dieting fad to lose those last (or those first) five pounds. Many times these goals are related in one way or another to your health or nutrition. This time around, instead of beating yourself up over unfinished resolutions how about you choose to become the Best and Healthiest version of yourself. Daily Mom is officially launching our Health Coaching Series, designed specifically with OUR READERS in mind.
So, you’ve decided to take up running. That is the first step. The second step is finding the perfect pair of running shoes that are functional and cute all at the same time. Did you know that there is a science to the running shoe, and not just any old shoe will do? We want to help you understand your shoes and why they are important. Read on to take a look at the anatomy of the running shoe and how to find the perfect one for you!
You can ask any runner if every run is easy. We can assure you there is probably not going to be one person out there who would say “yes.” Running is hard, both mentally and physically. In fact you’ve probably heard the saying “running is 90% mental, and the rest is physical,” but there are certain things you can do to help yourself have a “better” or “easier” run. Having a healthy and balanced diet is important for any runner. Eating a bad meal could turn a potentially great run into a miserable, long, no good run. Read on to find out what the best foods are for runners.
We bet you probably have several family members and friends who are avid sports enthusiasts, whether they’re pint sized toddlers who love throwing around the toy football or serious yogis who hit up the mat every opportunity they get. We have selected an assortment of gifts that are perfect for gifting the sports lovers in your life. So check out everything from stylish workout gear to blankets and burp cloths for the littlest fans.
As busy women and moms, we know all too well how the daily stresses of life can zap all the energy out of us. We end the day exhausted, with a cluttered mind and a sore body. We long for relaxation and peace, yet have a hard time fitting it into our modern lives. It’s time to focus on you now. Take a moment to breathe, meditate, and stretch. Here are 10 poses from the ancient practice of yoga. Each one is designed especially for a woman’s body.
Are you an overwhelmed mom with no time to workout? Do you feel like you’ve finished off one too many of your kids leftover chicken nuggets and now your backside is paying the price? Do you want to workout but are trapped in the house by one, two or three raging maniacs?? Then this is THE workout for you! We have come up with the perfect workout for moms (or even dads!) that are stuck in the house all day with the kids. This way you can turn all of the whining, fighting, unlimited snack requests and messes into an excuse to get your fitness on.
Sunscreen at the beach or pool is a no-brainer, but when was the last time you lathered up before going to work or running errands? Furthermore, have you tried applying sunscreen to an energetic kid lately? And we’re not talking about the toxic spray-on kind. Yeah, not so easy. Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t capable of doing damage to our skin.
While we still encourage the use of non-toxic sunscreen on body parts exposed to the sun, today we discover why wearing UV protective clothing year round is equally, if not more, important.
You’ve all heard that running is good for the body, great for the mind, and awesome for the soul, but do you really know what the benefits of being a runner are? In this article we are going to explore how running could be great for you. Read on to find out more!
Ever see other moms running and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that!”? Well, we are here to tell you that anyone can become a runner. Sure, some people are born with more natural athletic abilities than others, but running is a sport that pretty much anyone can do. It can be learned. No matter your age, size, weight, height or level of fitness right now, you can teach yourself how to run. Maybe you’ve always wanted to complete a marathon, or perhaps even a 5k with some friends? Maybe you want to lose a few pounds? Maybe you just want to challenge yourself a bit, or just have a “hobby” that gives you a few minutes of alone time? Whatever the reason is, NOW is a great time to turn yourself into a runner.
Being a mama is hard, no matter what. Whether you are a working mom and it’s the weekend or a stay at home mom, being home all day with the kids can be trying, even for the most creative mothers. On these long days where there is little reprieve from the chores, whining, crying or running around, small things can start to snowball into bigger ones and suddenly a good day can become a rotten one. Trying to balance kids, homework, soccer practices, swimming lessons, playdates, and work (or if you have babies- the crying, naps, marathon nursing sessions and those piles of dirty diapers) all while keeping a clean house and healthily fed kids can be daunting; then throw in some whining, fighting, crying, messes that just keep appearing and knowing you still need to work out- and that’s a recipe for a meltdown!
“It’s not what you start in life, it’s what you finish“- Katherine Hepburn
As we grow from women into wives and mothers we tend to place ourselves on the back burner, always focusing on the needs of our families, husbands, and kids first. Moms need to realize that WE are important too and WE need to focus on ourselves from time to time. When times get busy, one of the first things to get placed at the end of the list is time for fitness. Whether it is out of scheduling conflicts, exhaustion, or fear of not knowing what to do, some moms tend to not want to start a fitness regimen. Well, we are here to tell you that NOW is the perfect time to get started on the journey to a more fit life.
With the arrival of summer, hectic summer schedules can also arrive. We know how difficult it can be sometimes to squeeze-in workouts during the week. So, the next time you are longing for a mommy workout session, take the kids to the pool and capitalize on the opportunity to try some of these aerobic workouts.
Finding the time to workout is a huge challenge for most moms. Time for working out often comes at the expense of much needed down time- either when the children are sleeping or during your precious evening hours after work. What if instead of sacrificing this personal time, you could squeeze in a workout while also hanging out with the family? Our solution: The Playground Workout.
If your life is anything like ours, it may go something like this: wake up early, already tired from some child waking you up the night before, get the kids off to school, run errands, get some cleaning and laundry done, pick up kids, do homework, plan dinner, play with kids, take them to and from sports, eat dinner, do baths, stories and get them in bed, THEN do the bedtime dance for an hour and then FINALLY sit down to relax. How on earth are we supposed to find time to workout? Sometimes the stars align and you have an hour to yourself to get a workout in…other days you are not as lucky. On those days, sometimes a mini workout WITH your kids is the perfect compromise.
Let’s face it, your abdominal muscles have been through the wringer this past year. Maybe your baby belly expanded slowly or maybe it popped suddenly overnight! Either way, your abdominal muscles have been stretched and weakened during your pregnancy. Your abs are part of your core and they are very important in supporting your back. If they stay weakened, you will have poor posture, back pain and could easily injure yourself simply by picking up your newborn. The Daily Mom Abdominal Sculpting workout is going to help you get your abs back.