Workout Music Playlist: Exercise Songs You Will Actually Enjoy

By now, you know that I am a music junkie. Music inspires just about everything that I do. This is especially the case when it comes to working out.

When I try to exercise without music, it is really hard to get out of my head. When I am listening to music, I am able to shut off the feelings of doubt or the thoughts of everything else I need to be doing on my list. But here is where I have an issue with workout music. A lot of workout playlists out there totally suck! I don’t know about you but I don’t want to workout to some weird remixed version of a song or random techno music that I wouldn’t choose to listen to on any other occasion. That’s when I started creating my own workout playlists.

Workout Playlist that Doesn't Suck

After so many of you loved my summer playlist, I started having people ask about music that I listened to while exercising. I knew I needed to make a workout playlist just for you guys! [Read more…]

Home Gym with Little Space and Little Money

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Exercise has become a huge part of our lives as a family in the past year. My husband lost over 50 lbs this past year, ran a half marathon, and has completely changed the way he lives his life. This has really rubbed off on the rest of our family as well. Although I have always loved exercising, I haven’t ever been great about focusing on eating healthy as well. Now that I am almost done with this pregnancy, I am already planning my eating and exercise plan for once my baby is born.

We decided to create a little home gym so that we could save money on gym memberships and still be able to get our exercise with our new baby at home. We had very little space and little money to create a home gym, but I love our little area that we created!

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Workout Favorites VIDEO

Workout Favorite Products Video 

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If you follow me on basically any form of social media, you have been able to see the health journey that I have taken on this year. This spring, I started running. I learned a lot! During all of this, I have developed some favorite products to use for working out that I have had a lot of questions about. Instead of answering a million questions, I decided to put all of my workout favorites in one place so there can be one resource of my workout favorites. [Read more…]

Back on the Fitness Train

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I haven’t been shy about the fact that this move hasn’t been the easiest thing for me. Although I only moved 2 1/2 hours away from where I lived before, the area I live in now is much different than what I am used to. We have lived here for 6 months, and it still doesn’t totally feel like home. During the summer I was able to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but once it snowed, all of that changed. I stopped leaving the house as often and stopped being active. I started putting weight on and it made me so frustrated. Two weeks ago, I joined a gym again. Although I haven’t had any major weight loss story to share with you over this short time, I will tell you that getting exercise in my life again has made a major improvement in my life. I am a firm believer that having clothes you feel comfortable and confident in at the gym is important. I used to wear over-sized sweats when I would go to the gym and I didn’t ever feel as motivated as I wanted to. I started finding clothes that I felt more confident in and I noticed a major difference. This has been the case with my brand new Soffe outfit I have been sporting at the gym.

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Healthy Choices: At Home Circuit Training Workout

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When I moved to a new city,  I decided that I was going to really strive to make healthy choices and be fit in my city. I moved from an average town to a very small community that is full of people who live and breathe outdoor sports and want to save the environment. I was a little worried about moving here because I am not your typical outdoorsy girl. I used to be a huge fan of going to the gym and getting a good, old fashioned sweat there. Now that isn’t really an option because the nearest gym is in the next town over. I have had to learn to work on my heath and fitness in other ways! One of those ways has been through my phone! Yes, my phone! I have found some really great apps to help keep me on track!

Walgreens Healthy Choices

My favorite one is the Walgreens app! Crazy, right? It is awesome because you can be rewarded for making healthy choices that you are probably already making day to day. I feel like it kind of motivates me to keep it up too because I love being rewarded for my hard work! It connects with the Walgreens Balance Rewards and gives you Balance Rewards points when you put in how many steps you walked, how far you ride your bike, and if you weigh yourself and track your weight on the app. They are literally things I was doing already and I am being rewarded for them now!

Since there isn’t a gym here, I have learned to really love riding my bike for exercise with my husband, going for jogs, and doing circuit training workouts at home.

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I usually change up what exercises I do in my circuit training, but I always have them last about 30-45 minutes. I do 30 second-60 second intervals of high intensity and strength training and then have a 30 second rest every 5-10 minutes. [Read more…]

Teaching Kids Healthy Habits

When Dave and I were first married, we would talk about our future family. We would talk about dreams we had for our family and what types of things we wanted to do to create a happy family unit. One thing we both would talk about was our desire to raise a healthy family. Now that we are parents, we are put in the position to make that dream a reality.

It can be tough to make your kids eat all of their vegetables, but one thing that is easy to teach your kids about is exercise. Kids don’t look at being active as exercise. They look at it as play. Have you tried to play some of their activities lately? They can be a good workout! What happens between age 4 and 30 to make us realize that being active is no longer an enjoyable activity, but is looked out as exercise? I think life just gets in the way a lot of times, but I also think it is important to each kids while they are young that being active isn’t a bad thing. It can be fun and should be a natural part of their daily lives.

Teach health through playing with your kids

The best way to teach a child about healthy habits, is through example. Get out there and live a healthy and active lifestyle that your kids can see. Even better? Involve your kids too! Here are five ways I suggest teaching your kids about staying active as an adult.

1. Go for a walk- We love going for walks as a family. It is a great time to get outside, get unplugged from our devices, and to be able to enjoy conversation. It is great exercise too! You can play different games with younger kids if they get restless if they are in a stroller during a walk too. You can have them listen for different things and have you guess what they hear, or have them look for items on your walk too!

2. Do an exercise video- I love doing exercise videos when the weather is no good outside. Although the workout is usually a little more intense if I do it during nap time, I prefer to do my workout videos when my daughter can participate with me. She doesn’t do anything with weights or anything, but she loves to mimic my actions. She isn’t necessarily getting an intense aerobic workout, but she is watching her mom do an exercise while engaging with her. It is all about teaching by example.

3. Play on the playground- This can be a seriously intense workout as an adult. As a kid, I never thought about how much work it was to swing, run up the tires, or climb the monkey bars. Playing on a playground is just natural for kids. Little kids love seeing their parents play with them on the playground. This is a great way to show your kids that you want to engage with them, but you aren’t too lazy to get up and get some physical activity either!

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4. Workout in the backyard- I have recently found my favorite way of working out. I love working out in my yard while my daughter plays on her swing set. I take a yoga mat, a set of hand weights, and water out by her swing set and I do a circuit workout while she plays. When it is time for me to do high knees, lunges, or just a little jog, I do them around the swing set. She thinks it is the funniest thing in the world to see her mom run around her swing set. I love doing triceps dips off of a little ledge on the swing set too. After my daughter is done swinging, she comes in and joins me in doing dips, wall sits, and planks. Have you ever seen a 2 year old plank? It looks more like a two year old laying on a yoga mat while laughing at her mom who’s arms are shaking from being in a plank. It is fun and it teaches kids that you can take your intense workout anywhere!

5. Go swimming- There aren’t many kids in the world who don’t love swimming. Swimming is a great cardiac workout. Although you probably won’t be swimming laps while your kids are at the pool with you, you can still get a good workout in by lifting your kids onto slides, lifting them to help them float, and throwing them into the air to make them splash. Once again, it is all about teaching by example. Don’t be the parent who sits on the side and plays on their phone while they feel bad about how they look in a swimming suit. Do something about it and swim with your kids!

Here’s to a happy and healthy summer! How will you show your kids how to be active through your example?

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My Health Journey: Chapter 1

Living a healthy lifestyle has never been my strong suit. I LOVE candy! Don’t get me wrong, I love fruit and I find exercise really therapeutic, I have just never felt healthy. I often times end my days feeling sluggish, bloated, and just overall… YUCKY. That is why, when I read this post from my sweet friend Courtney, I knew I needed to get with it and jump on board. I decided then and there that I would start up with Lean Moms as part of their blogger program. Lean Moms is a diet and exercise program to help moms go from soft to sculpted. I have been doing it for 4 weeks now and I am starting to see some real results! My hard work is finally beginning to pay off. I am not quite ready to show off before and after pictures, but little by little, I am getting there! So far, I have lost 2.4 lbs and lost 2.5 inches overall. I love the feeling that my muscles are sore because I know that I am working them! Here are a few of my victories that I can celebrate…

1. I started a health journey! That itself is something worth celebrating! This is me on the first day…

Lean Moms Day One

2. I am trying foods I NEVER would have tried before. I am not typically adventurous at all with food, but I committed to trying all of these foods so that I know what I actually do like! Most of the time, I do like it! If I don’t like it, I adapt it so that I like it a little more. For me, I want this journey to be something that will stick, not just a diet that fades away.

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3. I force myself to wake up early. I am typically such a night owl! I am not a morning person, but I have been waking up in the mornings to go to the gym before life really has to start. It has been a really good thing for me.

4. I feel confident at the gym. This is 100% because of the Lean Moms program. She tells you exactly what to do and what to expect at the gym. I love being prepared and knowing exactly what I am supposed to be doing at the gym each day. While I am lifting weights with all of the meat heads, I can feel totally confident in my abilities.

5. I get some me time. The gym is a great place for a little me time. I can listen to MY music, work at MY pace, and just be. It really is therapeutic. Especially the music part. Music was such a huge part of my life before I got married, even after I got married, but slowly it started to disappear. It has been fun to gain interest in it again and rediscover some of my music.

Some of the songs/artists that I love listening to right now are Katy Perry-Roar (best song ever!), Ke$ha-Crazy Kids, Imagine Dragons, MGMT, Ghostland Observatory, and Good Charlotte. I would love to hear what you enjoy listening to while you work out!

I will be updating you as this journey continues. I am excited to start shaving off more of this pounds and hitting more of my goals!

I was given a full membership to Lean Moms. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. This health journey is mine!