Category Archives: Fitness

She {hearts} Mini Workouts

We ALL know we need to make fitness a priority, but man, some days finding making the time seems impossible. If you’re caring for little ones it’s just that much harder. I have found that most of us have an “all or nothing” approach to fitness.  That means, if you can’t make it to the gym or do a full workout at home, you skip your workouts entirely for that day. Sound familiar? It’s okay, I’ve been there too. But doing that can easily turn into a habit and you find yourself frustrated and back at square one.

What you should do, is try to get in at least a few mini workouts in.  Something is truly better than nothing. 

“What are these “mini workouts?”, you ask?

Short bursts of physical activity. 

I do what I call my “mommy workouts.”  Even if I know I’m going to the gym that day, I’ll do these mini workouts to make sure I don’t miss out, just in case life throws me a curve ball later in the day. Also, they’re fun and really boost my mood!

It all adds up.

The surgeon general recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day, 5 days a week. And it doesn’t have to be 30 consecutive minutes a day. So, these can get you where you need to be.

Some of my favorite places to get inspiration for these workouts are on YouTube. I’ll watch them and write down something I wanna try, maybe practice it with the video, and then do it on my own. I might have music playing while I’m cleaning house or doing laundry, and I’ll literally just stop and workout. Then get back to my task.

I hope you’ll start moving more. The benefits of physical activity are numerous, and we all know it.

Here’s some of my current go-to’s, but you can find a ton of vids. Watch several, then bookmark them for later.

No need to spend money right now. Just start moving, changing your life one mini workout at a time. Good luck!


Please listen to your body, and confirm with your doctor before starting this or any fitness regimen.

She {hearts} Atoning Yoga

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Since 2003, when I was first introduced to the practice of yoga,  I’ve felt a closeness to God while on my mat. The stillness, the quiet allowed me to focus on God’s presence and never have I feel it more strongly.  That was one of the reasons I was so drawn to Yoga, and the best times on the mat were either alone or in a class with an instructor who didn’t speak Sanskrit or read mantras. Often times though, I had to block out what the instructor might be saying, since it usually didn’t align with my Christan faith.  I was on a mission for awhile, to find “Christian yoga.” I found a few books, but never a DVD…until now!

“We believe that yoga, like all other things in our lives, should be used to glorify God… Atoning Yoga is a full body workout that tones your mind, body, and soul. “

If you’re a Christ following yogi, that should make you say, Yes!

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I really love the Extended Grace DVD by Atoning Yoga.  It’s great for beginners, my kiddos have even done it with me. It’s easy to follow and at a very peaceful pace, and it’s broken into three sessions:  15 min, 20 min and 45 min. So it’s very easy to work into our busy schedules. And I love how it’s focused around scripture, like from 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you.”

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If you are looking for a way to add some peace to your life, wanting to finally do yoga or wanting a tool to help deepen your walk with God, Atoning Yoga DVD for you!

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I’m excited to tell you that Atoning Yoga is giving one of our readers a copy of their DVD, Extending Grace!

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She {hearts} Knocked Up Fitness

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Let’s face it, staying in shape is a tough thing for many women, especially while pregnant (and not to mention being pregnant while chasing one or more other little ones)! Through my three pregnancies, I have tried different plans and dvds to try to stay in shape, only to quit after just a few workouts. Exhaustion and boredom quickly set in for me when it comes to working out, and during pregnancy I need something that not only catches my interest, but gives me results and makes my tired body feel good, rather than, well, more tired.

Knocked Up Fitness provides a pregnant mama a doable, safe workout suitable for all stages of pregnant. Erica Ziel, founder of Knocked Up Fitness, created these workout DVDs (Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness and Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts) to help a woman have a more comfortable pregnancy, have an easier labor and delivery, and help her get back to her pre-baby body more quickly after baby. Knocked Up Fitness relies on pilates, which, according to Erica, is the most effective and safe form of exercise for a pregnant woman, since it incorporates the strengthening of deep core muscles. When performing the exercises on the Knocked Up Fitness DVDs, Erica encourages mom-to-be to take it slow, drink water, and listen to her body, taking breaks when needed.

Knocked Up Fitness sent me both videos to try, and I am super impressed by them. Erica’s workouts are easy to follow, without too much instruction (I like it to be to the point!), and are between 30-60 minutes, which is doable for me. I have been following along with the DVDs for a few weeks now, and at 25 weeks I am still able to do the exercises with relative ease (but perhaps not look as great as Erica does in the process!). I am familiar with pilates and have always been relatively active exercise-wise, but I feel that even a exercise novice could pick the exercises up quickly and easily. I feel like I will be able to continue these workouts throughout my pregnancy, modifying when needed.

The Prenatal Pilates-Infused Fitness DVD encourages a combination of different workout segments and suggests a weekly schedule that changes up the exercises depending on the day of the week. I especially loved the variety of this DVD! My favorite workout segments were the pilates arms and total body pilates. I love how Erica encourages you to “hug your baby” as a means of keeping your core muscles tight and engaged. The Prenatal Core Pilates Workouts DVD is a little more straightforward with a simple core cardio segment and pilates yoga segment, as well as a short core “crash course” segment. I love the variety of this DVD as well, and definitely have felt the “good sore” feeling after following along. I am excited to continue these workouts throughout my pregnancy and look forward to seeing the results of my work after my pregnancy as well. It also doesn’t hurt to hear my three year old daughter encourage me while she watches me work out. She throws out plenty of comments, like “That’s very great, mommy!” and “Bravo, mommy!” and “Maybe someday I will do those exercises with you.” and “I really love to watch you exercise!” She kills me! On one occasion, she even got out one of her small inflatable balls and tried to do the workouts involving the exercise ball along with me. I love setting an example of enjoying fitness for my daughter, and these videos have definitely given me the opportunity to show her that even though mommy is pregnant, mommy can still stay fit and healthy.

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The Knocked Up Fitness DVDs can be purchased on amazon.com. Individually, they are $19.99 each, or you can purchase a combo pack (including a free exercise band) for $36.99. You can also find Knocked up Fitness on Facebook and Twitter.

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She {hearts} Vivobarefoot

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PhotobucketOver the past few months I’ve been discovering the benefits of being barefoot.  I find that working out barefoot is so much easier on my body, and I don’t lose my balance like I do in shoes.  So when I look at footwear, whether it’s for myself or my kids, I want to have something that is as close to barefoot as possible.


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sent a great pair of shoes for Rowan.  The Neo Kids Velcro from Vivobarefoot are exactly what I was looking for.  Rowan loves them, although he seems to have outgrown them very quickly… he has grown over an inch in the last couple of months, so it’s no wonder his shoes don’t fit either!  I’m looking to get him another pair soon.  He says they are great for running, and he was super excited to be able to wear them for playing sports at school.

These shoes are super flexible to provide the best for your child’s feet.  If you’re looking for a shoe that will allow you to feel the ground beneath you, you will want to give these a try.

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Vivobarefoot offers shoes from Toddler sizes to adult.

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She {hearts} Green Water

DSC_0400No correlation with “green beer,” only a coincidence. ;) Seriously, I did not put two and two together until I sat down to write this post. It must be in my subconscious mind. Well, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I have been making green water for about a year now. I have a juicer and use it ever so often, but I find it really hard to juice leafy-green produce. You have to roll it up really well and still it gets stuck and sometimes the machine doesn’t do its best juicing job if it’s juicing leafy-green veggies. If you have a really awesome juicer you might not have this problem, but let’s say you are able to juice leafy-green veggies with ease. Man, that would be some potent green juice. Might be like drinking a Guinness (wink). Maybe on occasion, YUM!  But not everyday! :)

 

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You can use any leafy-green veggies. I switch it up between parsley, kale and, spinach.

It’s a very refreshing “healthy” drink. Don’t expect it to taste yum, but it’s not bad. Even my hubby agrees. He isn’t really one to get on-board when I use my juicer, but he’s  been known to ask me to make him a green water. “Why?” you may ask; because it makes you feel awesome! I have a ton more energy when I’m drinking green water.

 

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Directions:

Wash your produce, unless it’s already been “triple washed”–don’t ya love when the organic spinach says that? Add your green veggies and the amount of water needed to match your servings to your blender. Blend until liquified. Strain it well. The pulp can be used to make your homemade pesto. No waste! I will often freeze the pulp until I am ready to make the pesto. Pour into glasses and be sure to add  lots of lemon and I mean a lot! Sometimes I add ice when I’m blending it so it’s extra cold. Enjoy!

 

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This weekend could be a GREAT time for you to introduce your family  to “green water!” Tell ‘em if they don’t drink it, they’ll get pinched! ;)

 

She {hearts} AdvoCare

Advocare I first heard about AdvoCare back in the late ’90s, when I worked at a hotel where they would host annual conferences. My co-workers would joke about how all the attendees were overly energetic and upbeat.:)  I noticed that they were ALL fit and seemed to have A LOT of energy. I was intrigued, but didn’t really give it a second thought, since back then I wasn’t really into health and fitness like I should have been.

Now, I’m always up for new and inventive ways to better my heath and reach my fitness goals. So, I finally gave AdvoCare a shot!

Tamara was very informative and helpful in answering all of my questions, she knows her stuff! She has had amazing results and as they say, “The proof is in the pudding.”  Check out her before and after pictures. Doesn’t she look great? Four pregnancies! I’m sure impressed! Tamara has told me, she didn’t do an over-the-top rigorous exercise program, but has learned to eat healthy and works out regularly, and of course is very committed to AdvoCare products.

I’ve been taking the MNS® Max 3 and the Meal Replacement Shake since Christmas. When I first started, I felt an immediate difference. I had more energy and just felt great all around, and I was consistent and followed directions to the ” T” for the first couple weeks. But the last few weeks with my family’s move, I fell behind some, and would forget to take the vitamins when I was supposed to. Not sure if I noticed a change in the way I felt when I wasn’t as consistent, I may have just gotten used to feeling awesome! :) Either way, I had a great experience on them and I plan to continue taking products from Advocare!

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Whether you’re looking for a way to lose weight, gain energy
or maintain proper nutrition,  AdvoCare has what you’re looking for. Maybe you have a teenager struggling and needing  new direction with their health. There are products that can be started as early as the age of twelve.  Tamara is a wonderful person with a heart for people. She will be there for you with answers to all your concerns and questions about health and fitness, no matter where you live. She’s just a phone call away!

She {hearts} Freebies

Tamara would like to give one of our readers a box of the Metabolic Nutrition System & a box of Spark Energy Drink

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Simply leave a comment on this post letting us know something you might be interested in from Advocare or maybe just something positive that stood out to you.

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She {hearts} Nada

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Being a yoga instructor, I have known the importance of foot and posture health for many years. I know that being barefoot is best, but unfortunately we can’t be on a yoga mat all the time. I have been interested in minimalist shoes for awhile, but I didn’t know you could have fashion coincide with this concept. Walking around looking like I was wearing gloves on my feet wasn’t gonna happen.

Nada offers two minimalist style Somnio shoes, one for running and other forms of fitness, and a ballet style, more for everyday.

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The ballet flat has been my go-to shoe. They’re so comfy!  These shoes have no break-in time. They felt amazing from day one. I was a bit apprehensive about the strap, being the fashionista I can be, but it’s awesome. I have actually grown to appreciate it. I can even play soccer with my kiddos in them. I couldn’t kick a ball in  my old flats without being afraid they’d fly off!

Also, the ballet style is great for those of you who do any barefoot type fitness at a gym (yoga, Pilates, etc.). I know most of my students will wear flip-flops, easy on/off, but the gyms that I’ve taught at have a closed-toe shoe policy (which they seem to overlook for these members), but in my opinion it’s a good policy to follow. Often times you’re walking through areas where people are training with weights and equipment and it’s always good to wear real shoes in these areas. This shoe is perfect. Easy on/off, and it looks great with yoga wear–very sporty!

While I’m not an avid runner I do run outside some, but I do more indoor cardio, like dancing, kick-boxing and circuit-training. The lace-up shoes by Nada were great for all that I alternate  between. Minimal break-in time, I noticed a little rubbing on one of my feet the first couple times, but it went away and I’ve had no problem at all. I did wear thin socks with them–I don’t  think they’re meant to be worn with socks, but it just felt more comfortable to wear socks with sneakers.

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When you order from Nada you not only get a great minimalist shoe, but with every pair you receive a very well-made foot strengthening DVD program. This DVD has some great stretches and foot strengthening moves to get you on the road to optimal foot health.

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The guys at Nada are giving one of our readers a pair of these lightweight, comfy shoes, your choice of style and color! Yes, I know…pretty awesome!

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Check out the selection over at Nada and let us know in a comment which pair you would like if you win.

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