7 Reasons to Start Running to Lose Weight

Running to lose weight can be a great addition to your workout regimen. The struggle to lose weight isn't always an easy battle. Counting calories, making time for exercise, and that frustrating morning weigh in can eventually have people throwing in the towel and reaching for the potato chips. Struggling on your weight loss journey? Maybe you should start running to lose weight!Can you lose weight just by running? Dropping those extra pounds is a numbers game. Burn more calories than you consume and pounds will disappear. How do … [Read more...]

Staying Fit After 50 Is Easier With These Simple Tips

This post about staying fit after 50 has been sponsored. All opinions expressed here are my own.When I was in my 20s, staying fit was easy. I had a supercharged metabolism and plenty of time to exercise. In my 30s, I had small kids to chase around all day and not as much time to work out but staying fit seemed to still be in my reach. Now that I am in my 40s, things are a bit more challenging. My metabolism is slowing down and between work and kids, finding time to work out isn't always easy.I am going to be 50 in a couple of … [Read more...]

What to Know About Yoga Before Your First Class

Considering yoga classes for fitness? Let me help you learn what to know what to know about yoga before your first class! For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga. I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit.I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym. I have yet to fall in love with it but have come to appreciate it for its' many health benefits. Before your first yoga class, there are a … [Read more...]

Read These At Home Workout Tips and Stop Procrastinating Now!

These at home workout tips are sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Horizon Fitness. All opinions are my own.Over the years, I have tried a lot of different methods to get in better shape. Running, yoga, gym workouts, and a wide variety of other exercise regimes all have their pluses and minuses, depending on your personal preferences. While I belong to a gym now, the hardest part of a gym workout is actually finding time to get there. Driving time tacks on another 30 minutes or more to my workout and some days I just don't have that kind … [Read more...]

Easy Workout Tips and Nutrition Advice to Fit into a Daily Workout

This discussion about easy workout tips is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Between my ongoing battle with middle aged metabolism and my love of cheese, I have to exercise pretty regularly. And by pretty regularly I mean just about every day. Between the exercise and watching what I eat, I was doing pretty good at fitting into my pants and hitting a number on the scale that I didn't hate up until about a year ago. Maybe my metabolism figured out my strategy and revolted. … [Read more...]

Tips for Trail Running in Barefoot Shoes

This post about trail running in barefoot shoes is part of a paid Megan Media and Vivobarefoot blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #DiscoverVivobarefootMy husband and I are both passionate about fitness and exercise, however we go about it in very different ways. I have been trying to get him to the gym for a year and he has been encouraging me to go running for twice as long as that. While I do run occasionally, it's usually on a treadmill and not in the great outdoors. Barefoot running has been a passion of … [Read more...]

Simple Health Changes That Yield Big Results

This post about simple health changes has been sponsored by JuicePlus+ but all opinions are my own.If you have been following me on social media over the last month or so, you may have seen a ton of #MySimpleChange photos documenting my baby steps towards healthier living. I was sent a ton of great products from JuicePlus+ to help me along my journey and I thought I would share my experiences with you. I have found that the easiest lifestyle changes to make and KEEP are the small ones. When I switched to the Paleo diet for 3 months, that … [Read more...]

Locker Room Etiquette: Basic Tips for Gym Newbies!

For the last month I have been going to the gym nearly every day. Am I losing weight? No. Thank you, middle aged metabolism. But, I will keep going anyhow in the hope that I am still improving overall health. If you have spent any time at the gym, I'm sure you have become familiar with the locker room. You really can't avoid it, unfortunately. If you want to store your workout bag, take a shower, or use the scale you will have to venture into the locker room from time to time. Ever wonder about proper locker room etiquette? What locker room … [Read more...]

Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise!

Some people love working out and look forward to it daily. This post is probably not for you! I am sharing workout tips for people who HATE exercise. Need to psych yourself up for a workout? If you need exercise motivation, this article may help!When I make up my to do list every day I always put 'go to the gym' or 'go for a walk' right at the top. And then it progressively gets pushed farther and farther down the list as my day gets busy. OH...I need to clean the toilets? Can't go to the gym right now! Hey, I haven't called mom … [Read more...]

How To Find The Right Exercise For Your Teen

I am sharing these these tips on how to find the right exercise for your teen as part of a Playtex® Sport®  sponsored campaign for Socialstars #PlaytexSportSquad.When my son was little, we struggled to figure out how to find the right exercise for him. We were surrounded by parents who were putting their children in 'Mommy and Me' exercise programs before they could walk. The kids in his playgroups were already on sports teams by the time they were toddlers. And yes, we felt the pressure to get our kid into that same type of lifestyle. We … [Read more...]

Learn What to Pack in Your Gym Bag Along with V8 Protein!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of V8 Protein for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.Like many people, I made a pledge to myself that this year I would be eating healthier and getting more exercise. The eating healthier has been pretty easy but making myself exercise more has been a hard sell. Oh, I spend 20 minutes or so in the morning on the rowing machine and try to go for a walk several nights a week but I really need to start pushing myself more. A good, hard workout a few times a week needs to become more of a priority. … [Read more...]

Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy

This post about youth sports has been sponsored by MinuteClinic but all opinions expressed here are my own.My children have been involved in  youth sports in some way, shape or form ever since they were about 4 years old. They did a few seasons of soccer, swam on the neighborhood swim team, play tennis, do gymnastics and are just all around active kids. There is a certain culture to youth sports. You have an interesting mix of both children AND adults on these teams and if you don't do a bit of planning and organizing, things do not always … [Read more...]

Healthy Community Support with the Champions of Care Challenge! #HealthMartCares #ad

Disclaimer:  This post about creating a healthy community has been sponsored by the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own. Several years ago, my husband decided to take up running. Off he went every day to conquer the hills of our neighborhood and the trails of our local parks. He had a wonderful time, felt better than he had ever felt before and started running more. Soon, he decided he needed a bit more of a challenge then just yet another run through our hilly neighborhood and he started running marathons. He … [Read more...]

Workout Tips for Beginners from a #ReebokMom #sponsored

This post on workout tips for beginners is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.For years, my husband has been an avid runner. He runs in the rain, at 6 AM on a Saturday morning, and in 100 degree temperatures. Working out is vitally important to him and something he always finds time for. Personally, I struggle with finding the time and motivation to get out and exercise but I do … [Read more...]

Sport Earphones: Yurbuds Inspire for Women #INSPIREFORWOMEN

No matter what room of the house you are in or what time of day it is there is almost always music playing in my house. There is a docking station in several rooms and both floors of the house have a full stereo system. Needless to say, we spend a lot of money on iTunes! When we leave the house, we take our music with us on our iPad, iPod, or cell phone depending on which member of the family it is. I have gone through a lot of ear buds looking for ones that fit comfortably. There have been some hard plastic ones that I really think would fit … [Read more...]

Take a hike for better health! #Fitness Friday

 Last weekend I went camping and hiking with my family and boy am I feeling it this week! We chose to go primitive camping so that meant everything had to be hiked into our campsite. EVERYTHING! Thankfully the campsite we chose was only a one mile hike into the woods because water and firewood are unbelievably heavy! Add in the food and all the other assorted gear necessary for 4 people to survive a few days in the woods and I was ready to just set up the tents in the middle of the trail if it meant I could get that pack off my back! We chose … [Read more...]

#Fitness Friday: What’s on your workout playlist?

Have you ever been in the middle of a run or working out in the gym and your iPod battery dies? One minute you are listening to some really awesome music, working up a sweat and really pushing yourself and the next minute all you hear are crickets and the sound of your own breathing. That right there signifies the END of my workout. I cannot exercise without music...its like my motivation just flies out the window the minute the iPod turns off!I have very broad taste in music. I have been know to listen to German metal, Country, Hip Hop, … [Read more...]

#Fitness Friday: Get fit and have fun with Spartan Races

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spartan Race for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.So, I recently had a brief discussion with my husband that went something like this:Me: "Honey, I would really like to get a treadmill"Him: "It is a waste of money. You wouldn't use it. Just like the gym membership"Me: "But, I really need to lose a few pounds and get in shape"Him: "Well, we have a wonderful neighborhood...go run in it!"See, the problem is...I HATE running in our neighborhood! It is unbelievably boring! I love hiking … [Read more...]

#Fitness Friday: Yes, you CAN burn calories without going to the gym!

 So, I have decided that it is getting too close to swimsuit season for me not to be getting serious about dropping a few pounds. I usually avoid bathing suits like the plague but seeing as my neighborhood has a pool and we just about LIVE there from May through September I am starting to get a little bit of slack about that. When it is 100 degrees and I am sitting under the umbrella in my shorts and tshirt...people notice! So, I will be the first to admit that I DETEST exercise. I like walking and hiking in the woods and gardening so I don't … [Read more...]