Most distance runners are taught that carbs are an essential part of a training plan. They fuel your energy levels and give you long-burning sustainment while you’re running for hours. But new health trend called the ketogenic diet plan has taken the fitness world by storm, and the runner/health nut in me became curious. The ketogenic diet plan prescribes to a low carb, high healthy fat diet where as much as 70% of your daily intake is made up of fats. Although my runner mentality had me thinking that I needed to carb-load before all my long runs, I couldn’t ignore the anecdotal evidence presented by those who have done – and stuck to – the ketogenic diet plan. People were describing less bloat, higher energy levels, better sleep, and clearer minds. So I decided to put all my traditional thoughts on food to the side to try the ketogenic diet plan aside and to see how it fared during my training season.
Traveling and having all the essentials you need can be tough. Be prepared ahead of time by making sure you pack the things you need to compete at your best level. One of the worst things when trying to compete is not having the right essentials. These can cause more stress, more unexpected costs, or make performing subpar. Let’s be prepared, so check out some tips here to help you pack what you need and maybe some other new ideas to help when traveling.
From the moment our babies leave the womb we start documenting their milestones. The first smile, the first belly laugh, and the first time they sit up, along with crawling, walking, and potty training… you name it, and whether it’s baby #1 or #4, parents around the world love to celebrate their baby’s accomplishments even more so than their own.
Finding a fitness program that fits your lifestyle – and one that will last beyond the 7 weeks, 21-days, or 12 week programs out there – can be difficult. Even just trying to workout on your own when you find the time, while trying to follow a path can be overwhelming and leave you simply feeling lost. Understanding some basic ground rules to working out, can help take the stress away and lead you to creating a program that works for you; a program that that is sustainable and will get you excited to complete every day.
The research is clear pertaining to the many benefits of exercise. Yet, as moms, we tend to push off the need for exercise – or basically anything that involves ourselves. We make excuses – no time, too tired, we don’t know how, we can’t afford it – you name it, we’ve said it. But the truth is, excuses are just excuses – they don’t make us better, they don’t make us stronger – the only way to get better is to work harder, work better, and try harder. The excuses for exercise become our excuses for life; if we continue to not put ourselves first, we will fall into a habitual routine of never taking care of ourselves. It’s more than just exercise, it’s who we are – if we are truly important to ourselves, we’d make time for us, to be the person we want to be.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to go on a fitness retreat? Maybe you’ve never even heard of a fitness retreat. If you love to travel, if you want some inspiration to make healthier choices, have fitness goals you haven’t been able to meet yet, or are just looking for a new adventure, a fitness retreat is perfect for you. As far as getaways go, a fitness retreat is the most fulfilling you can go on. Don’t believe us? Read on to learn about what a fitness retreat is like, day by day.
When you’re planning to get away from it all, staying fit might not always be at the top of your priority list. Adding workouts into your vacation routine doesn’t have to be a buzzkill, and can even be a fun way to experience a new city.
If exercising isn’t currently part of your daily schedule, vacation is the perfect time to try something new on for size. A good workout can help you sleep better and provide an opportunity (if you need one) to really splurge on meals and dessert while you are away from the house.
We’ve put together a few creative ways you can keep up with your workouts, or introduce something new, while you are on the road.
What is a fitness retreat?
Fitness retreats have been becoming more popular lately but you may still have not heard of the concept. A fitness retreat is a trip to a private place, usually somewhere you would want to getaway to, anyway, where you can shut out the rest of the world and focus on your wellness. You get away from real life. Leave behind the stress of your job and other responsibilities. You turn off your phone. You remove the temptations that normally distract you from being fully focused on your body and spirit.
Having an occupied schedule can be a bit tiresome and challenging on a daily basis, especially when you unintentionally forget everything all about your health. A lot of people apparently leave behind their healthy habits and routines due to busy schedules. Although these kinds of occurrences are not actually intentional, some people just tend to focus on their work and responsibilities regularly. Similarly, having and living a healthy lifestyle is a bit challenging as well, but know that with the proper knowledge and steps of the processes, your fitness and health goals can be easily achieved and maintained. Accordingly, these tips will enable you to achieve and maintain your health even on a very busy schedule, especially if you are required to work all day.
Ah, summer time. Time to be outside. Time for fun in the sun. Time where the kids are home all.the.time.
If you are a self-proclaimed #fitmom, trying to find time when you can workout is seemingly more difficult in the summer than it is during the school year. Even though you don’t have the busy-ness of the regular school year, summer time seems to be more busy instead of less busy. Swim lessons, pool time, vacations, summer activities, summer camp shuffling, and never-ending playdates can make getting your workout in difficult. So sometimes you have to improvise, and that improvisation will come in the form of “What can I do to keep the kids occupied and outside long enough to actually get my heart rate up?”
After a long, strenuous workout, many people head into their gym’s sauna for a period of relaxation. A sauna’s heat mimics that of moderate exercise – increasing heart rate and increasing sweat output – so it is a favorite among those who are active no matter their level of fitness. Traditional saunas are the ones you will see most often within gyms and spas. They use a heated room with a high temperature to create the desired effects. A lesser known and increasingly more common type of sauna is an infrared sauna. Although its main purposes are similar to that of a traditional sauna, it has particular health benefits that make some choose these over traditional saunas.
If you have ever thought that moving your body to the rhythm of music wasn’t worthwhile, you may want to think again. As a mom, we all know that a baby tends to relax and let go of tension in their little squishy bodies when you rock them (especially when rocked to music). There’s no good reason to let go of that natural-born instinct that movement (dance) and music can do to calm, relax, and rejuvenate you. Next time you hear the music playing, no need to deny your inner dance-freak any longer, because, Mom, here are five reasons you need to dance!
If you are shopping for new clothes, you likely have a set of requirements in your head. And if you are a busy mom shopping for new clothes, there is no doubt that one word pops right to the front of your mind: VERSATILE! With summer comes hectic schedules and long, hot days. Haven Collective Yoga makes it simple to head from your morning yoga class to running errands and meeting friends for lunch. Today, we need you to see and experience their amazing line of athleisure wear. From the company’s reason for inception to its mission statement and the gorgeous collection itself, it is quite simply a brand that NEEDS to be on your radar. And no need to worry – if you’ve never stepped foot in a yoga class, this clothing is still for you.
Child obesity has reached some very alarming heights in the past few years, and it’s the job of every concerned parent to make sure that this doesn’t happen to their kid. Childhood is great because most mistakes can just be wiped off clean with a sponge, given the proper sponge is used. What that means is that even chubby kids can play sports to lose weight and maintain their health. It’s the most effective treatment you’ll find anywhere. In that respect, here are some of the best sports to practice based on the learning curve and how easy it is to get into them.
Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift for the special one in your life can often feel like a daunting task — but it doesn’t have to be! For the dad who would rather spend his time being active or enjoying the outdoors, we’ve got you covered on the perfect gift ideas just for them. From must-have workout gear to convenient baby carriers, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks that he will love and actually use this year!