Anywhere you look – online, on TV, in the store – there are things out there telling you how important it is to stay fit and healthy. However, it can be difficult to incorporate a daily fitness regimen into your routine, and it can be hard to workout with your kids around. But it is important as parents that we model this behavior to our children early on so that it is engrained in their lifestyle as they continue to grow. So how do we do both – model a healthy lifestyle while balancing our busy schedules?
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The colder weather is beginning to make a steady and continuous presence this season, and if you are a runner this means a change for your regular routine. Some runners take these few months to get to know their treadmill, hoping for a random warm day to pop up. Others, however, do everything they can to avoid the “dreadmill”and make their way to hit the pavement each day, even if that pavement is covered in snow. Cold weather running calls for special precautions, special gear, and new training plans. But if you’re new to the winter running thing, you may need some guidance on what you need and how to do it.
Flowers, chocolates, and jewelry – those are the “typical” gifts when one thinks about Valentine’s Day. But usually the special man in your life isn’t quite into those things. Romantic gestures can go both ways, and that’s why Daily Mom has found some of the most unique and thoughtful gifts to give to your one and only to show him how much you love him. From handcrafted watches and personalized signs to more practical gifts like silicone wedding bands, Daily Mom has plenty of ideas to help give the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
Roses are red, violets are blue… but this Valentine’s Day, we want a little something more than a sweet bouquet. Tried and true, we’ve learned that stepping outside of the box a bit when it comes to gift giving can make for the most memorable moments. And, if you’ve been searching for something different this year for the woman in your life and are coming up empty handed, we’ve got a great list of ideas for you!
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.
Congratulations! Whether this is your first baby or 5th, as an active mom, you surely deserve and need your down time with your new baby. However, it’s no secret that you probably are longing and desiring to get back to your active lifestyle. One of the drawbacks new or veteran moms deal with is the restoration of your core – the belly. Your belly did an amazing job of holding your child within your womb, now it’s time to give it back some love. With a loving hug by Cinch Signature Tummy Wrap, it’s the perfect solution to help support and tone your belly after a natural or c-section birth!
The weather has finally started to cool down, and that means it’s the perfect time to get the kids outside for some active play. Summer was spent in the sprinklers, at the pool, or at the beach, but the crisp fall air allows you to be active without the need to cool off in the water. One great family friendly activity for this time of year is bike riding. And being prepared with the right gear can make for a much more comfortable and fun ride for everyone. For your littlest riders, a bike seat is a key accessory needed. But how do you know which one is the right one for you?
Hamax is an innovative child road safety company that offers high quality, safe bike seat products for your family. They have several different options depending on your needs and the needs of your child, and it’s important to look at the features of each seat to ensure that it works for your bike and for you. Below is a list of key features to look for when you’re transitioning your bike from a one-seater to a two-seater.
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.
Creating positive habits can help to reach goals, develop self-discipline, and create powerful change in your life. During the 1950’s, plastic surgeon Dr. Maxwell Maltz found that following an operation it would take patients up to 21 days to adjust to a change in their physical appearance.
He documented those changes in what was to become a best selling book, Psycho-Cybernetics. Dr. Maltz’s research from Psycho-Cybernetics is the foundation behind the belief that it takes 21 days to form, or break, a habit.
More recently, psychology researchers at the University College London observed the habits of 96 subjects over a 12 week period. Results of this project demonstrated that building a new habit would actually take 66 days, instead of the 21 days that are more commonly discussed.
You picked up all the classic back to school items. The first day of school outfit is hanging in the closet, lunchbox is ready to be packed, pencils and crayons are neatly placed in that brand new backpack. We have some gear that you probably didn’t think of but will definitely make for a school year that is more organized, efficient and simple. Here we have our Unique Gear Guide for the best school year ever!
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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Our family is one of health and fitness. I am a runner, a yogi, and an avid fitness lover. My husband is an active duty Marine, and fitness is in his daily regime. Frequently our family goes on runs, hikes, and bike rides together. I take my three daughters with me to workout groups and they sit in the jogging stroller on long runs. We love to be active and healthy, and our dog Pendleton is no exception to this.
When my husband and I first adopted Pendleton we would take her to the dog park or the dog beach almost every weekend. I would come home during my lunch break during the week and take her on a long walk around the neighborhood or let her play in the field behind our apartment complex. As Pendleton got older and our family grew, our outings became less frequent but her love for the outdoors never ceased. But we stopped taking her on our long adventures out because she would become visibly weary, and we didn’t want to exhaust her. This continued for years until recently when we made the switch to Iams quality dog food.
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.
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.
Do you know a mama who never seems to stop? She’s home with the kids. She works outside or from home. She hits up the gym then has a meeting to help with a school fundraiser. The busy mama is taking on the world in every way possible. Give her a gift that will make her full days a little easier. Here are our top picks for busy moms!