Home Exercise Equipment: Dust Collector or Fitness Tool?

Do you have any exercise equipment in your house?  Does it get used or does it collect dust or is it being used as a coat hanger?  We have a nice elliptical machine in our home that my husband bought for himself to use several years ago.  It was used for awhile, then it turned into a large dust collector.  Then I had knee surgery and part of my physical therapy was to spend a little time each day on an elliptical so my husband moved the machine … [Read more...]

Need Weight Loss Motivation?

Are you looking for weight loss motivation? Do you want to work out but need a little help getting started?  Are you a competitive person?  If so, I suggest that you look into the Fitbit step tracking bracelet.  This bracelet counts your steps and allows you to challenge other Fitbit users to a daily challenge, a weekday challenge, a weekend challenge and a goal day challenge.  Each challenge can hold up to ten people and each Fitbit user can be … [Read more...]

Workouts: Dress to Impress

“Dress to impress” can sometimes seem like a cliché, but when it comes to staying healthy, it makes a surprising difference!  Just like wearing a sharp suit can help you ace an interview, wearing sharp athletic clothes can help you get exercising.  Believe me, it’s scientifically proven!  In a study at Northwestern volunteers were asked to perform cognitive tasks.  Some groups were given a lab coat to wear, and some groups were given nothing. … [Read more...]

Tips: Get Pumped for Your Workout

Getting the recommended amount of exercise can feel like a chore most days.  Around workout time your bed can start to look extra fluffy, your TV show extra interesting, your eyelids extra droopy, and it’s all too easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow.” However 99% of the time you will not regret a workout!  All you need is a little extra motivation to take the first step, and here are some tips on getting yourself pumped to workout: First, putting … [Read more...]

TIPS: Workout Without the Gym

There are tons of reasons why we should all strive to exercise: physical health, mental health, emotional health, and sometimes it can even be fun!  However without a gym membership the allure of a comfy bed can be especially hard to deny, so here are a few ways to “get up offa that thing” without the gym. Obviously, the great outdoors!  Exercising outdoors will give an extra boost to your health benefits, and there are several ways you … [Read more...]

#Giveaway Aurorae Resistance Bands Set ENDS 11/23

I was given this set of resistance bands from Aurorae Yoga to use in faciliting my review.  All opinions are my own. Aurorae Yoga is an active lifestyle e-retailer who also sells yoga mats, fitness products and outdoor accessories through Amazon. I've reviewed several of their items and appreciate the quality and detail they put into each and every one of them.  This company has recently launched a new fitness division which includes this … [Read more...]

Simple Preworkout Food Combos

I have listed a few different pre-workout food combinations you can eat before specific workouts.  These will fuel your energy and keep you going longer. If you plan on walking for a while, try eating one medium sized pear and ½ an ounce of sharp cheddar cheese.  100 to 200 calories with a mix of carbs, protein and fat offsets hunger and helps muscles stride longer. If you are going to go running, eat ½ cup each of oats and blueberries … [Read more...]

Use Your Driveway For A Workout

If you read my blog often, you know that I like to go to the gym on a weekly basis.  This past weekend, we visited family which kept me away from the gym, so I thought I'd share my "home" workout with you.  If you do not live in an area with walking trails, driveways come in handy for daily walking/jogging depending on their size / layout. In order to beat the summer heat, it is best to go for your walk early in the morning.  If you are not a … [Read more...]

Music Adds Energy To Family Workouts

Summer is here and it is now much harder to go to the gym and keep in line with your regular workout schedule.  In order to stay in shape over the summer months, you need to find ways to involve your family in your workouts in order to fit your workout time into your hectic summer schedule. When is the last time you invited your child to workout alongside you?  Come up with a fun workout for you and your child to do throughout the week. … [Read more...]

Starting & Sticking To A Workout Routine Part 2

Remember part 1? Well this is part 2! Let’s get started!  We talked about 7 tips to help you start and stick to a workout routine in part 1. Here are 7 more tips to keep you on track: Get your family involved.  Both my kids love to workout and go on bike rides with their dad.  Working out is more fun when you have a partner and this is really a must if you plan to workout throughout the summer if you have children that are home with you. … [Read more...]

Starting & Sticking With A Workout Routine (Part 1)

It can be really hard to stick to your workout routine, especially when you are just starting out.  Sometimes we get too sore or too tired and we decide to skip a day.  Well, before you know it you have skipped 3 days in a row and then decided to quit all together.  I have 14 tips that will help you to start and stick with your workout routine.  This is part 1. Part 2 will come later on. One of the best tips I have ever received is to throw … [Read more...]

Treadmill Tips To Beef Up Your Game!

Do you worry about those rainy / cold days where you are stuck on the treadmill rather than outside at the park on a track?   Are you worried that you will not get in as good of a workout as you would have if you were outside?  There are a few ways you can burn more calories on the treadmill during your workout. The first way is through interval training. During shorter workouts you should increase the intensity by including speed intervals … [Read more...]

Proper Breathing While Running

One of the most common complaints while running is that it is hard to breathe and you end up with a pain in your chest.  There are a few proper breathing techniques you can try to see if running gets any easier for you! First, try rhythmic breathing.  There are a few breathing patterns you can try out to see which one works best for you.  This can get a little confusing – when you are running, try to exhale when your when your feet hit the … [Read more...]

Four Reasons Why You Should Exercise

  School is back in session, so it's time for everyone to get back to their workouts!  No more excuses, you've just got to take the plunge and do it! Need a little persuasion?  Here's four main reasons why people make time for their exercise workouts: Working Out Makes You Feel Good About Yourself Once your exercise workout session is over, you'll be proud of yourself for not giving up and hanging in there until your workout … [Read more...]

Kids Are Back In School – Get Active!

Most of the kids have made it back to school from Summer Break and if not, they will be headed back soon.  If you are like me, you had to give up a few of your favorite activities over the Summer to make additional time for the kids and all the Summer activities that your kids had in mind for you.  After all, Summer time is a break away from school to enjoy friends and fun activities before having to get serious again during the upcoming school … [Read more...]

Gym Buddies Are Awesome

I look forward to going to the gym throughout the week and have many women who I enjoy talking to in between classes.  Today, my gym buddy Keisha surprised me with a birthday gift right before kickboxing class!  I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t even tell anyone it was my birthday, but good ole Facebook slipped my secret out to everyone! Today I turned 40 and am not upset about it, but I didn’t want anyone at the gym to know about my birthday.  … [Read more...]