How to Look Great at The Gym- A Brief Guide

  Even though we’ve just left summer behind us, it doesn’t mean that we should let ourselves go. Cold months ahead of us will make it easier to stay in the comfort of our homes, which, in turn, means that we’ll put on weight more easily too. This is why it’s a good idea to get a gym membership and stay in shape. When you go to the gym, you don’t have to spend an hour getting ready, but you shouldn’t look like you’ve just gotten out of bed either. Here’s a brief guide on looking stylish at the gym. Stay clean Yes, you will get all sweaty and stinky after a workout, but that doesn’t mean that you should go to the gym smelling like you’ve spent a whole day in the sun and forgot to take a shower. You shouldn’t go too far with the deodorant, perfume, and cologne either … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Feel Good this Holiday Season

I'm just going to say it, the holiday season is upon us!  Let's not fuss and gripe about it being earlier and earlier each year. Instead, focus on the good and all the ways we can feel good this holiday season. Source: Alisa Anton, Unsplash.com You may have noticed that things have changed around here.  Less is more? I'm not sure when it comes to blogging but I do know that serious health issues have made it impossible for me to work and the guest posts have really racked up around here.  That's fine.  While I continue to heal and still figure out what exactly has me in full body pain and fatigue daily, I'm happy to let others share their voice. Share.  That's a great way to feel good.  Share your love. Share your blessings. Share your home and whatever you have.  I love to share my … [Read more...]

Liberate Your Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders

*Disclosure: This is a guest post.  Affiliate links may be used for compensation.  Opinions are 100% those of the guest contributor. Your upper back, neck and shoulder regions of the body can become stiff and sore when breastfeeding and carrying around a newborn or a toddler. In Iyengar Yoga, we have many ways to relieve this tension and restore full range movement from this, and other parts of the body. Below are a few simple shoulder rejuvenators that you can do with a yoga strap, tie, towel or exercise band. They do not require a lot of time and can be done anywhere.  Shoulder lubrication: Motion is lotion! Try doing large arm circles like you are swimming the backstroke and the crawl stroke to increase circulation and get your arms, ribs moving, and your shoulder … [Read more...]

Ask a Nutritionist: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

As soon as you pack your bags and start making plans for all the awesome places to visit during your travels, you realize: when the hell will you make enough time to cook, pack and munch on those healthy meals? Not to mention getting enough beauty sleep or making sure to drink enough water and not reaching for an extra cup of coffee to keep you alert for another round of sightseeing. Still, as impossible as it may sound at first, avid travelers can actually enjoy all the healthy lifestyle perks while on the go, without compromising their vast must-see lists and diminishing the experience. On the contrary – with a few professional tips to rely on, you can make the most of your adventures all the while maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan! 1.      Learn about your … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Stay Healthy Despite a Busy Schedule

*Disclosure:  This is a guest post provided by a guest contributor.  Opinions are 100% are that of the guest contributor.  Affiliate links may be used.   We all know that having a hectic schedule can negatively affect our ability to lead a healthy life. As a matter of fact, recent research has shown that people who don’t have a clear routine often have weight issues, suffer from inadequate sleep and are less likely to exercise than people who do have. According to a recent study conducted by the Department of Occupational Health from the University of Milan roughly 10% of people who don’t have a set routine in place – and particularly people who work shift work – end up with type-two diabetes. Furthermore, people without a set routine eat around 10% less vegetables and … [Read more...]

Don’t Fall Out of Your Fitness Routine

It is easy to fall out of a regular exercise plan. From lack of motivation to excuses such as the weather is bad, to pure avoidance—the are many reasons why you may not be meeting your fitness goals. There are so many benefits to exercising including improvements to your health and overall well-being. So, the sooner you commit to your fitness goals, the sooner you’ll see noticeable results. Here are a few ways in which you can stay on top of working out so that you can avoid this common problem and experience the healthy body that you deserve. #1 Be Internally Motivated In short, exercise for yourself! Do not let external factors such as what others think about you, negative comments, or social stereotypes infiltrate your ability (or inability) to exercise. Exercise is important. … [Read more...]

Safety Tips for Exercising Outdoors

The outdoors makes me happy, and, when working out, I typically aim for activities that take me out of the house. Indoors simply feels too restricting, too full of technology and distractions. Outside means freedom, sunshine and the fresh air…and so much space to explore. If I could, I would climb boulders and hike on the daily. But, unfortunately, I live in the ‘burbs. So seeking out prime hiking spots—and those fantastic rocks—means quite a trip. But there are still a few good hiking trails and walking paths not far from home. A daily dose of exercise is optimal for good health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that “adults aged 18–64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of … [Read more...]

Beat the Heat: 5 Summer Running Tips

Weather Emoji says: Last week when I was at the beach and wearing this cute re:named floral jumpsuit from Shopbop? Torrential rains and gusty winds. But here we are in August already, it is the dog days of summer and I'm all about restoring myself and trying to take back a bit of what is left of these golden warm months that beckon to me just like my hammock outside. I've started taking yoga in the mornings at an outdoor class in my 'hood.  It's soul refreshing every time and perfect after my early morning runs. See my summer running tips below I had to buy this after my first class.  It makes me laugh every time I wear it and want to head over to yoga class.   Linking up with Mix It Mondays /The Pleated Poppy/Style Elixir/Style Nudge/Classy Monday Blog … [Read more...]

Fierce Summer Activewear

Summertime sweat sessions are some of my favorite times to workout. I love getting up before everyone else and getting a good workout in. The only problem is half the time I end up at the pool for the kids swim practice afterwards and I'm still in my summer activewear. I need some fierce summer activewear so to speak to keep my motivation high and to help me continue working out all summer long and look good while doing it. The Nike Free TR7 Cross Trainers offer both stability and flexibility both of which I need when I'm doing my routines. I love the summery blue hues with the yellow streaking through the sole and sides. Add in the lemon tank labeled 'fierce' that makes me feel lighting fast ( I can dream, right?) and I feel fresh and ready to tackle the most challenging work out my … [Read more...]

TRY SHORTER, INTENSE WORKOUTS = GREAT RESULTS

Who wants spend hours in a gym in the summer?  Not me! I like to get up, get a workout in and go! That's why I asked nutritionist and personal trainer, Sloane Davis to share her short and effective workouts which will give you more time to relax and enjoy summer. Sloane is a mother of two and her story goes a little something like this- Throughout her 30’s and 40's she starved herself so that the scale read a certain number. Hungry, unhappy and deprived, in her 40’s she decided to end the obsession with food, intense cardio and on transition her mind and body – and did it work! See her profile in PEOPLE.com and RECENT TV http://pancakesandpush-ups.com/. Straight from Sloane Herself I'm not a fan of spending hours in the gym especially when it is summertime.  I have other things I … [Read more...]