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July 26, 2017

Disney Family Movie Night Workouts & More

Disney Family Movie Night Workouts
Disney family movie night workouts you can enjoy today

Can you believe we still have 4 more weeks until school starts? This summer has been an absolute blast! The kids and I have enjoyed every minute of our time together and we still have more to go! If you’re still counting down the days until your kiddos return to school but recognize it’s entirely too hot to send them outside (we have 100 degree plus days here in August); then the exercises below are perfect for getting your child’s daily recommended amount of physical activity in without having to venture outside in the heat.

These Disney family movie night workouts are perfect for the family with kids that won’t sit still during the movie. Or maybe that’s just my two!

Looking for more kid focused workouts? Try these below:

Looking for even more child focused exercises? Visit my Pinterest board for more!

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July 23, 2017

11 Stretches for Your Child to Try At Home

11 stretches for your child to try at home

The benefits of stretching are numbers. These 11 stretches for your child will help not only lengthen their body but as with any activity help them develop consistent good habits. Regular exercise also improves cardiovascular health and bone density.

The 11 stretches for your child listed below will help your child’s joints move through a full range of motion, their muscles will have less tension and they’ll be ready to play.

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July 21, 2017

Favorite Healthy Pasta Recipes

favorite healthy pasta recipes

I love pasta! We have one pasta dish a week for dinner and I love using Pinterest to find all sorts of new and interesting pasta recipes to try. I’ve found a plethora of clean eating dishes, so I’m sharing a few of my favorite healthy pasta recipes from Pinterest. Feel Free to check out my boards(1, 2, 3)for more recipes.

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July 15, 2017

Fit List: My Workout Playlist

I love music. I have several playlists depending on the day and the workout.  Check out my list below and share yours in the comment section.

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Cardio Hell

  • Crank That-Soulja Boy
  • Hit the Quan-iLoveMemphis
  • The New Workout Plan-Kanye West
  • Juju on the Beat-Zay Hilfiger
  • Not Nice-PARTYNEXTDOOR
  • Jump-Kriss Kross
  • Kryptonite-Purple Ribbon All-Stars
  • DNA-Kendrick Lamar
  • Ruff Ryders Anthem-DMX

90s Rock Music

  • Make Yourself-Incubus
  • Inside Out-Eve 6
  • Wrong Way-Sublime
  • Buddy Holly-Weezer
  • The Middle-Jimmy Eat World
  • Spiderwebs-No Doubt
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana
  • Semi-Charmed Life-Third Eye Blind

Cool Off

  • Encore-Cheryl Lynn
  • Never Too Much-Luther Vandross
  • That Girl-Stevie Wonder
  • Losing-H.E.R.
  • Redbone-Childish Gambino
  • Lady-D’Angelo
  • Do U Wanna Ride- Jay-Z
  • That Girl-Pharrell Williams
  • Elevators-OutKast
  • Ex-Factor-Lauryn Hill
  • Cigar Music-Rick Ross

workout playlist

 

I have a few playlist across different platforms. If you have Tidal or Spotify feel free to click the link to my playlist below.

Spotify

Tidal

What type of music do you workout to?

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July 14, 2017

5-Ingredient Smoothies You’ll Want To Try Today

I am a smoothie addict. I love everything about them. Here are a few of my favorite 5-ingredient smoothie recipes.

Short, simple and to the point. Just how I like it! Enjoy!

Blueberry Oat Hazelnut

Looking for something a little different in the morning? Try this Blueberry Oat Hazelnut smoothie to get you going. Add some Nutella for an even better taste.

1 cup almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon hazelnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

This after workout smoothie has been perfect over the last few weeks while I’ve been lifting.

1 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 banana
1/2 cup raspberries
2 dates

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Green Nut Butter Smoothie

Chia seeds contain five times more calcium than milk and seven times more Vitamin C than oranges, three times more iron than spinach, and twice the potassium content of a banana.

With the nutrients contained in just a handful of these seeds, they make a perfect addition to this already yummy smoothie.

1 cup almond milk
2 cups spinach
1 banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons almond butter

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To see more amazing recipes head over to The Greatist now.

Looking for more smoothie recipes? Check out my Pinterest board for more. 

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July 12, 2017

Strength Training Workouts For Kids

strength training workouts for kidsStrength training workouts for kids, when done correctly, offers many benefits to young children and adolescents. Like yoga, strength training has become another one of my favorite non-competitive activities for my children to complete.

Strength training can add:

  • Increased muscle strength and endurance.
  • Sports performance improvement.
  • Better cardiorespiratory function.
  • Helps to protect the child’s muscles and joints from injury associated with other activities.
  • Stronger bones.

Like adults, the importance of developing early healthy habits can not be overemphasized. The most important aspect of any youth fitness and sports program is improved attitude regarding physical fitness. When starting early, strength training workouts for kids can help improve their outlook on youth sports activities and can help improve their own self-confidence when completing physical activities.

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July 6, 2017

Self-Care Sunday: My Me-Time Week

It’s the weekend, hopefully, you are spending your time doing something you love and spending time with people you love.  For this weekend’s edition of Self-Care Sunday (on Friday) I wanted to share my activities for the week, as it has been super busy!

This week the children are away visiting family, so I decided to have a self-care week instead of just waiting until the weekend. It has been very relaxing over the last few days, I miss my children dearly, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying this much needed break.

If you live in a community/city/town with a lake check out your local recreation commission. We are fortunate to have one that rents kayaks/canoes, so for those of us who lack the space, this is a great option. It’s also cheaper as most places are operated by your county/city the rental fees will be a little cheaper compared to specialty rental stores.

If you are local check out these local businesses Columbia, South Carolina canoe/kayak rentals:

Palmetto Outdoors

Better Boat Rental

Rivertrail

Irmo Recreation Commission

South Carolina Kayak Tours:

Palmetto Outdoor

Carolina Outdoor Adventures

Edisto River Adventures

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July 5, 2017

Grokker Review: How Grokker Made In Home Workouts More Convenient

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Earlier this year, I signed up for a free trial of the website Grokker. I stopped going to the gym on a regular basis but needed something where I could still view workouts from home. Grokker became the perfect solution to my problem.

While at home, I use Grokker for ROKU. This is a convenient way to get my daily workouts in and with the ROKU you are able to access your daily calendar right on the screen.  Having the ability to view the videos on tv are significantly better to my previous method of propping up the phone against a water bottle. Now I’m able to turn on the television and view the views right there. By setting the videos/programs on my calendar, there is no need for me to search for the ones I want to view. they automatically appear in my video library and I am sent a daily email reminder as well.

The downside to Grokker is that there is no app for Android, but for iPhone users head right over to the app store and download to start your 14-day free trial.

Now Your Average Yogi Site

I love Grokker for their strength and conditioning videos. If you only do yoga you will not use a good portion of this website. There is so much more to Grokker than just yoga. Recipes, HITT workouts,  strength training, weight management, weight training, pilates and so much more are all a part of Grokker’s unique platform.

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Another favorite is the barre videos. I have always wanted to go to a barre studio, but am very self-conscious due to an experience at a Barre studio a while back. I love having the opportunity to do this in the comfort of my own home.

Another appeal of Grokker is their collections. I completed the HIIT/Strength video set last week and feeling energized for the next set coming up this week.

 

Grokker is similar to other fitness websites with the exception of its social media like interface. With the option to interact with other users, follow and comment on activities. With the ability to connect with other users, Grokker is the fitness social media site I have been dreaming of.

Grokker is the “be a better you” video network focused on people’s passion for wellness. They offer exclusive, expert-led instructional premium videos in four wellness areas: yoga, meditation, fitness & exercise, and cooking. Grokker members are able to personally interact with their expert teachers, connect with like-minded enthusiasts and customize their experience.

Looking for meditation and ways to reduce stress or enhance sleep? Grokker also features a wonderful selection of videos for the aforementioned and more.

Grokker’s Employee Wellness program is another program that I see as a benefit.  I love seeing companies put their money where their mouth and Grokker’s program could definitely help improve any companies wellness program. With the ability to create challenges and a reward based system, this is a perfect way for companies to improve their in-house work-life balance programs.

With more than 1700 cooking videos, there is a little something for everyone under the cooking section of the website. Every section is this site is comprehensive especially the cooking section. With cooking programs ranging from quick and healthy, to Italian summer favorites you are sure to find something you love on Grokker.

Pricing

It is always free to join Grokker. Members start a 14 Day Trial – with unlimited access to premium videos and can choose from two Premium plans: $14.99/month for a monthly plan or $9.99/month with a one-time annual payment. Members can cancel anytime – no hassle.

 

Looking for more? Get in shape for the summer with Grokker’s 28 Days. Sign up for your free 14-day trial today.

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July 3, 2017

Healthy Soul Food Recipes That You’ll Love

Growing up in the South food has always been the center of every get together; whether it’s church, school project (thanks, Dr. Manigault) or family gatherings, you can always count on a dish of baked macaroni and cheese and fried chicken. Having been surrounded by so much food, it’s almost always impossible to turn down a plate. As soon as you walk into the room “Hey fix you a plate”. And if you don’t eat, well, you’ll just be asked a dozen times if you’re sick and why aren’t you eating. Since changing my lifestyle, I have cut back a lot on the ‘soul food’. It hurt more than anything else to give up my favorite foods, for eighteen months I ate all the right foods, counted calories and really began watching what I was putting into my body. During that time I began researching healthy soul food recipes. Thanksgiving was coming up and I refused to continue giving up macaroni.

I know I often speak about my cheat meals, but in this particular instance, I no longer wanted to continue avoiding foods that brought me joy. I started gathering my favorite recipes and modifying them either due to ingredients or calories. They taste is still the same, but much healthier.

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