Who Runs the World? A Guide to Encouraging Kids to Run

According to the CDC, the obesity rate has quadrupled in the past 30 years. And, with the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation (especially within children), it is more important than ever to teach kids about health and exercise. Children are extremely impressionable and often imitate what parents do, thus making it immensely important to instill healthy perceptions of fitness early in life.  

Our society tends to focus too much on what a person looks like, tainting the image of a healthy body. Instead of harping on having the perfect body or looking a certain way; teach your child(ren) the importance of why exercise coupled with a healthy diet is so crucial to longevity, overall health, and happiness.  

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Foam Rolling: A New Way to Stretch

You know you’ve had a good workout when the next day or two your muscles are sore. However, you may feel you’ve gone overboard if your muscles are so sore that you can barely walk or lift your arms. Sometimes all you need to do is a little bit of pre- and post-workout stretching to alleviate some of the muscle soreness you’re experiencing. After all, nothing is worse than having to skip a day of working out because you’re too sore to move. 

Even the most avid fitness junkies will skip the stretching portion of a workout. To many, it feels like a waste of time – after you’ve put in an hour or two of hard work the last thing you want to do is sit on the floor and stretch! But research shows that it’s one of the most important elements of a person’s daily exercise regimen. Not only does it decrease the risk of injury, but it also helps muscles work more effectively by increasing blood flow and allowing for full range of motion. Luckily, there is now an amazing tool that many fitness advocates suggest using as part of your daily stretching routine to get the most out of your muscles and dramatically decrease soreness: the foam roller. 

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Health and Fitness News & Tips Directly to You

 

Do you feel like there is always new information out there when it comes to staying healthy and fit? You want to make the absolute best choices when it comes to what you eat, how you exercise and how you care for your body. Health and fitness is crucial for a busy mom. We all want to stay up to date with the latest research and developments but that can be a lot of work. You can take the work out of keeping up with the latest health and fitness information. Here’s how…

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How to Get Fit and Make Friends

Making friends as a child is a lot easier than making friends once you are an adult. If you’ve moved to a new city, or simply are in need of a new tribe of brunch ladies you may need to be creative to make new friends as an adult.

Fitness is a common denominator perfect for building new friendships! Finding a group of people who enjoy the same types of things you do is the best way to build lasting friendships. This list of ways to get fit and make friends includes great ways to get involved with new people over healthy activities.

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Gifts for The Active & Outdoor Dad: Father’s Day 2016

For the dads that love to be outside and stay moving we bring you our compilation of great gifts! As you know, the men in our lives can be difficult to shop for, so with Father’s Day just around the corner we want to make your lives a little bit easier. We know how pivotal the roles of fathers can be, so this year if you are looking to let them know how great they are with a special gift… look no further!

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Benefits of Weightlifting for Women

Society has twisted the idea of what a beautiful woman should look like within the past 20-30 years. The mainstream fashion industry has formed a view that extremely skinny girls with no meat on their bones are the “most attractive”. Understand that our purpose is not to run down women who are naturally built with a small frame and are naturally thin no matter what they eat; rather the purpose of this article is to shed light on the benefits of weightlifting both mentally, hormonally, and physically. Within the past decade, the fitness explosion has allowed many women to embrace the idea that beauty can be found in strength. This has also led to many women discovering that the statement that lifting weights makes you bulky is a complete myth.

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Celebrity Fitness Expert Brings You Yogalosophy

Meet the creator of the yoga-hybrid DVD Yogalosophy, Mandy Ingber. As popular as yoga is around the world, Yogalosophy is in a world of its own and it’s just in time for Mother’s Day. Her second book, Yogalosophy For Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy will be released May 10, 2016.  

Be prepared to conquer any doubts and apprehensions about your body since becoming a mom. As Mandy’s body changed, she too had to adjust to not being thin and in shape – leaving the body image she adored behind with only a 50 lb weight gain to comfort her – and no baby to show for it.

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Join Us On a Yoga Retreat in Mexico!

   
Do you feel long overdue for a getaway that doubles as both a spectacular vacation and a once in a lifetime retreat to help you relax and rejuvenate? Whether you are an advanced yogi leading a lifestyle of health and wellness or simply somebody looking to connect with and begin to revitalize their own body amid the shores of a tropical paradise, Retreats Unlimited has already planned the perfect trip for you in Lapaz, Mexico. Maybe your kids are grown and it is time for you to focus a bit on finding your own joy, or perhaps you have little ones and you are long overdue for a bit of relaxing (and wouldn’t a Yoga Retreat be a spectacular Mothers Day gift!). Join Retreats Unlimited and 2 of your very own Daily Mom Editors on what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime!

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The Benefits of Keeping Recess in Schools

Duck, Duck Goose, Mother May I, Hopscotch, Dodgeball, Red Light, Green Light; do any of these games sound familiar? Of course they do. Many of us played these games and more during recess while in elementary school. Unfortunately, today’s kids are likely not to be familiar with these games. In fact, a lot of them may not even experience recess at school.

Over the past several years’, elementary schools have been significantly reducing designated recess time or completely eliminating recess from the academic day. Some school districts have even gone as far as to not include playground space in the construction of new school buildings. Is this trend of eliminating recess in schools good for our children?

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5 Ways to Get the Most out of your Planet Fitness Membership

For most of us, we join a gym with every intention of getting into shape and meeting fitness goals. Unfortunately many of us also fail to take advantage of our paid membership which results in frustration and wasted money month after month. When you’re looking for a gym, it’s important to join one that has the things you’re looking for in a gym and a gym that will keep you engaged throughout your fitness journey.

If you’re looking for an affordable gym with a ton of perks to help get you started, then Planet Fitness is the gym for you. With affordable monthly payments and two different plans to choose from on top of FREE personal training, a 30 minute circuit, massage beds, tanning beds and locker rooms with showers, you’re sure to fall in love with Planet Fitness.

Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your Planet Fitness Membership.

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Mindful Fitness in 30 Minutes

With all the ever changing trends in exercise, it can be daunting to find a new fitness method for you, especially if you haven’t been exercising regularly in a long time. It can be intimidating to start from scratch when you want to transition to a more active and healthy lifestyle. You don’t want to pick something too intense. That can set you up for failure. You are also at risk of calling it quits if your workout is too easy or boring. You might have an exercise routine and feel like it is lacking something. If you are looking for a fitness routine that is just right, check out the new ZenFitness30 Method from Vionic Shoes!

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Great Gifts for Athletes

It is no secret that we are excited about fitness and athletics here at Daily Mom. We’ve all been benefiting from our Get Fit Initiative and we hope you have as well. With that passion in mind, this gift guide is packed full of the best gifts for athletes. Whether you have a seasoned, hard core athlete in your life or a mom who just joined the YMCA to start getting in shape, these gift ideas are perfect. In fact, a gift to help with fitness is really timely at the holidays with so many people making it their New Year’s resolution to get in shape!

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10 ways to avoid the Dad Bod

The Dad Bod is all the rage! You haven’t heard about it yet? Well Dad, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon, stop going to the gym and start hitting the 12oz curls. After all, your wife will love the way your new body moves to support her head during movie night. Watch the spare tire gently begin to roll in as you voluntarily let the chisel fall off. Burp.

Until it dawned on you that being unhealthy isn’t your cup of tea. Admit it, you kinda like the idea of walking up to school to pick up your daughter when a few of the teachers and even your daughter’s friends stop and giggle as the Fit Dad walks by. Perhaps you just like the idea of doing everything in your power to not just be alive, but able to physically run and play with your grandchildren. The Dad Bod just isn’t in your lexicon, but how do you stay trim and present for the family?

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Running in the Dark: 10 Tips to Keep You Safe

The days are getting shorter and the nights, longer. It’s dreaded territory for most runners, as morning and evening runs become not only cold and dark, but also dangerous and often, unpredictable. Dark figures or figments of our imagination lurk behind every corner bush, while every pine cone, stick, or pothole threatens to take us down in one wrong step. Add to that the fear of not being seen by a distracted or un-caffeinated driver, and one’s worst nightmare can easily come reality. Let’s face it: Running in the dark can be downright scary. But, before you hang up your running shoes til spring, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and still enjoy the great outdoors by foot, day or night

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