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August 10, 2017

In-Home Gym Equipment For Children

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It’s so easy to focus on equipment for yourselves, but what about the kids?

Having an in-home gym in a small space can be done if you get creative. On one side of the room I have my barbells, medicine ball and bands and on the other side, my children have their very own setup!!

Benefits of having certain children’s exercise equipment

  • They can be taught how to properly work out specific muscles
  • Promotes overall daily health and wellness
  • Regular Coordination development

It’s not necessary to have any equipment for your child. It’s always easier to send them outside, but if you have the ability, owning just a few pieces of equipment can help your child develop great habits and learn a little more about their body and how it works in the process.

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August 7, 2017

My Favorite Youtube Videos for Stretches

I’ve focused on stretching and flexibility a lot recently. I came across a wonderful set of YouTube videos for stretches that I have done a for about a week now and I wanted to share.

I’m working on increased flexibility for the next 30 days. Feel free to join me! I’ll be working only on the stretches in the videos twice a day for 30 days. At the end of the month, I’ll update you with my progress.

While several of these videos are stretching for splits, I have no intention of actually doing a split!!!

Do you want to join me? Let me know below! Remember to check out YouTube for a variety of stretching videos.

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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 18, 2017

Ab Exercises that Work All Muscles

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I’ve been on a quest the last 8 weeks to work on my abs. Last summer I had done incredibly well, but with the many changes and unexpected 1000 mile move, I let a lot of my workouts slide and really only did the bare minimum. Now that I am back to a place where I can focus on my workouts again I’m sharing my current ab routine with you all. Finding in home ab exercises that work all muscles was easier than I thought.

I decided I would stop with the excuses and just do it. In just 8 weeks I’ve made a ton of progress, the most fundamental piece of ab development you ask? To see them.

No matter how many squats, crunches, V-ups you do if you aren’t incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your workout, you want to see your progress. If you want to reach 6-pack levels, increase the amount of cardio in your workout and start a healthier lean diet.

Once you get your diet in check and body fat percentage starts to drop-what next? Most people immediately start with crunches for their workouts. And why not? Crunches are the popular go-to workout for anyone beginning their fitness journey. But if you really want to target all of those muscles, not just the superficial ones, you need to do a little more than just your standard crunch.

 

Ab exercises that work all muscles

Recently, crunches are discovered to be one of the least effective ab exercises out there. So go ahead and take them out of your repertoire. I’m given you a ton of exercises that you can do at home with minimal to no equipment. Not only will these exercises help improve your core you’ll also be 100% energized and ready to kick ass throughout the rest of your day.

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July 16, 2017

How to Stay Fit on a Busy Schedule

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Most human beings know the struggle of finding even a short amount of time for themselves throughout the day. Staying on a busy schedule is almost impossible to do when you have a to-do list longer than a number of hours in the day. Whether you’re working multiple jobs, small business owner, children, a family we all have responsibilities that seemingly take over our lives on a daily basis. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home but I also have my four-year-old here with me as well, so needless to say I don’t really get much work done.

When I started my fitness journey a few years ago, I was trying to think of ways to incorporate a few workouts into my daily routine. There many types of exercises that you can do. Obviously, before starting any strenuous exercise routine you should consult your doctor. I love activities with controlled movement. I frequently participate in HIIT and Barre classes on top of regular strength training.

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Apps are a great way to get in short workouts if you have a packed schedule or while you’re on vacation. Many apps include routines and videos you can download and take with you. Which is perfect if you plan on going somewhere with spotty reception. If you want to stay fit on a busy schedule you just need to think outside the box with a few things.

I did this post on Grokker last week, but just in case you wanted a few more options, I have provided a list of some excellent apps for you to try out.  They are currently offering a 14-day free trial, go on and give it a try!

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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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June 30, 2017

Benefits of Kids Yoga:How Yoga Helped Calm My Children the Hell Down

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If you are a parent it’s no secret sometimes children can be a little hyper. We all become restless and it’s perfectly acceptable to take some time and get your ‘wiggles’ out if necessary. So what are the benefits of kids yoga? Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve.

Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

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June 26, 2017

Favorite Solo Outdoor Activities

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A major part of my self-care this year is unplugging and get away a lot more than what I had in the past. Since I’ve been more diligent in getting some ‘me time’ I’ve found myself to be way more patience, understanding and intuitive in my life. Allowing adequate time to recharge after stressful weeks has been very beneficial to me over the last 25 weeks. As we hit the halfway point of the year I wanted to take some time out and share a few of my favorite solo outdoor activities.

When you’re looking to really get away from it all I highly recommend hiking. I’ve discovered some pretty amazing places when I go out for walks, but our state parks have offered some of the most beautiful backdrops for me to sit back and meditate in quiet.

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June 22, 2017

Favorite South Carolina Hiking Trails

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I love the outdoors. I find myself needing to disconnect from technology at least twice a month in order to totally recharge. Spending time outside with the kids hiking and camping is the perfect the way to do this. South Carolina has so many outdoor trails it was hard to choose which ones are best. I curated a list of my favorite South Carolina hiking trails from novice to advanced. There are a few you can enjoy as a family, while others are suitable for older more experienced hikers.

Click the links to find out more information about these trails.

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June 21, 2017

My favorite no equipment full body workouts

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Full body workouts are a great way to lose weight, tone up and burn fat while working out your entire body. Due to time or money constraints, many people do not have the luxury of having a gym membership. No worries! There are still plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of my favorite no equipment full body workouts for you to try at home today!

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Planks
  • Side Lunges
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Split Squats
  • Crunches
  • High Knees
  • Pushups

This list should be used a starting point for anyone looking to begin a few light workouts at home. When doing full body workouts, you will only need to workout 2-3 times per week. This is perfect for the novice trainee looking to get into strength training or someone looking to build just a little bit of muscle.

To get started, try these two workouts below:

Touch Cardio Exercise

Plank Knee Tuck & Glute Extension

Looking for more workouts? Head over to my Pinterest Board for more ideas!

Photo Credit: Jason Briscoe

 

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