Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

5 Essentials to pack when Traveling for a Race or Competition

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.

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How to Build Your Own Fitness Program

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.

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Why Moms Need Exercise

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. 

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Kindergarten: The First Steps in Understanding the World is Bigger than Ourselves

Sending my first baby off to kindergarten is a huge milestone for our family, finally concluding the end of toddlerhood, the first test of how well did I prepare her for the real world. Perhaps sending her to kindergarten is more than just a milestone: it’s her first flight in the big world. The biggest lesson she needs to learn doesn’t have to do with numbers, letters, or sight words – it is understanding this world is bigger than ourselves. A world that isn’t protected by Mommies and Daddies, where big sisters don’t chase all the monsters away, and little brothers aren’t always there to play – a world with confrontation, beautiful songs, and great sadness – a world that is hers for the taking.

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Half Year Resolutions: There’s Still Time to Achieve Your Goals

Ok, so we are halfway through the year. Can you believe it? We can’t either. Let’s rewind and talk about those promises you made to yourself at the beginning of the year. Lose weight, be financially responsible, have new experiences, and so on. Looking back, can you say that you have fulfilled those New Year’s Resolutions? If not, can you say that you are certain those resolutions will be achieved within the next six months? Maybe you are on track to check those goals off your list, maybe your plans have become a bit derailed, or maybe you keep telling yourself you’ll “get to it”. No matter how fast the months are flying by, there is still time to make those changes you vowed to uphold through the year when the clock struck midnight on January 1st. Six months down, six months to go until we make a whole new set of resolutions or give the one’s we made in 2017 another try.

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Why Moms Need Sex

Sex: It feels great for some; other times, it may feel more dutiful than pleasurable and satisfying. If you are thinking that a “duty” has to be performed, then yes, it may not do much for you as far as getting to the pleasure-zone. However, what if you came to the realization that, Mom, you need sex in your life? You need to feel the proven health benefits of sex in order to complete you as a healthy holistic being… and yes, that includes you as a mother. Ready to explore the proven health benefits of why a mom needs sex and turn any feelings of ‘its a duty’ into a pleasure-prescription for lasting health and vitality? 

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Gifts for the Active and Outdoor Dad: Father’s Day 2017

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!

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Redefining Exercise With Figure8

If there’s not one million and one things to do, someone is asking you to do seven more things on top of that, all within the next hour! The last thing you want to do to start to lose weight with everything else going on is exercise. We get it. If we can give you the best advice, then don’t exercise! That’s boring. Instead, get a strong, sexy core without doing one sit-up or crunch while toning your arms, butt, and legs with Latin DanceSport, Jaana Kunitz. Experience the easiest eight to fifteen minutes you have in between your chaotic schedule (because we ALL really do have 8-15 minutes with the 10-minute abs workout; just time yourself going through Facebook feeds). Good; once you have that mapped out, you don’t even have to leave your bedroom; use a smartphone, tablet, iPad, or your computer, and roll those juicy hips of yours to the exciting and fun rhythm of the Figure 8 fitness program – we mean, who doesn’t want a sexy strong core, eliminating the belly fat after having some babies?

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Mother’s Day 2017: Ultimate Gifts for Moms

It’s no secret that a mom’s job is 24/7. She doesn’t get sick days, paid time off, or employee benefits. She has long, hard days, so it’s pretty obvious that she deserves some extra love on Mother’s Day. We’re hooking you up with tons of inspiration in this Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide, so you can give your mom the gift she really wants this year. We’ve got ideas for the active mom, the DIY mom, the mom who loves to cook (or wants to spend even less time in the kitchen!), the momtographer, and more. Here are our top picks!

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Stroller Strides: More than just a Workout

Motherhood is busy, making it hard to find time to bathe, eat lunch, or brush your teeth. Sometimes the possibility of working out crosses our minds, but then it quickly retreats with each cry for Momma. However, we’ve got to take care of ourselves. What if there were a workout that could help you both emotionally and physically, all while stimulating and socializing your baby? Stroller Strides is the answer.

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10 Tips For Choosing A Gym Membership

It’s about that time of year where you may be thinking: I need to get healthy and start working out. You’ve already decided that joining a gym, whether it was the constant voice of your nagging best friend (who had the best of intentions of course) or your inner critic, is your next step. Whether you live inside the city limits or not, you’ve got more than just ‘I need a place to get healthy at’ to consider when it comes to signing up for a gym membership. Do they provide child care, lockers, or even decent equipment? Whether or not you are a beginner gym hunter (or huntress), here are ten tips to help you make that leap into fitness before signing on the dotted line and beginning your venture to a healthier lifestyle with a gym membership. 

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Postpartum Wrapping: Your Questions Answered

Postpartum wrapping… it’s been the topic of many pre-baby conversations — from friend to friend advice to endless Google searches and the hottest celebs posting snap shots of their designer waist wraps. When it comes to wrapping your post baby belly, it seems to be the consensus that we’ll try anything to get our bodies back into our pre-baby jeans, yet many are still left googling the question, “Are postpartum wraps really all they’re hacked up to be?” With so many Daily Mom babies being born the last few months, we decided to try one out for ourselves – we researched and we wrapped, and now we’re answering all of your ‘to wrap or not to wrap’ questions!

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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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