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January 12, 2018

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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January 10, 2018

Revamping Your Morning Routine for a More Efficient Work Day

Lately, I have found myself struggling more and more with getting myself going in the morning. I’ve been completely drained of energy, and the only time I’ve felt like doing any work has been in small spurts throughout the day.

After two weeks of no motivation, I realized I was going through burnout. I just couldn’t bring myself to open my computer, check one more email or type one more post.

I was done. 

This is when I realized I needed to change my morning routine. Lately I’ve been going to bed and waking up to chaos with my youngest being on her toddler rampage lately. These tantrums have begun throwing my entire day off and leaving me drained and unmotivated.

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January 9, 2018

Fuel Your Hustle with Protein

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As a busy mom, I have to make sure I have the energy I need to keep up with my children’s active lifestyle in addition to my own. Between sports practice, tutoring, running my own photography business and blogging, making sure I get the correct amount of protein during the week is virtually impossible. I often find myself snacking on a wide variety of things (healthy and not so healthy) throughout the day, because I can never get the chance to just sit and eat a complete meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 8, 2018

Eating healthy on a budget 

eating healthy on a budget

Eating healthy on a budget doesn’t have to be a pain. Once you begin great habits and know your limit with sugars you will see better results, more importantly, you will feel much better about yourself.

Saving money by not eating out as much or buying artificial junk you can apply that money to buying healthier food items.
No, it’s not always possible to each healthy when on a budget and not everyone has access to a garden; so instead of buying canned vegetables, how about frozen.

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December 21, 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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December 18, 2017

7 Exercises Photographers Can Do to Strengthen Arms and Back

ways photographers can strengthen and tone back and arms

A photographer’s job is pretty physical. Heavy gear, walking, twisting, bending, kneeling–this all takes a toll on our bodies after a while. As a photographer of 14 years, I can attest to this fact. My body is worn out!! Spending hours on your feet, only to turn around and spend hours sitting behind a screen, will leave you with neck and back problems after a while. Want to know about the exercises photographers can do to help strengthen arms and back? Take a look below to find out!

exercises photographers can do to strengthen and tone back and arms

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December 14, 2017

Great Fall South Carolina Hikes for you and your dog 

Fall is here and boy am I happy! With the unbearable heat of the summer is was nearly impossible to get out and do anything fun towards the end.
Now it’s time to turn on our weekend warrior sign and get going with these great fall hikes for you and your dog.

If your like me, not only do you want to get in a great workout, but you also want to take some exciting photos as well; check out my recommendations below!


Twins Falls
I have always loved Twin Falls. Its one of the states more beautiful and serene locations. Twin Falls in Sunset, SC. To access the waterfall is an easy 15-minute walk along the .25 mile trail.

Rainbow Falls

If you’re more experienced ( and adventurous) how about a hike up Rainbow Falls? It’s a five-mile hike, but once you reach the destination the view is absolutely breathtaking. Can you image photos here? This rugged trail is absolutely perfect for the couple looking for capturing unique lifestyle photos for their upcoming engagement session. Pretty Place church at the top of the trail is well worth the hike, with magnificent photos waiting for you!

Isaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel

Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel if you are looking for a fun and unique trip reminiscent of a pacific northwest adventure. This trail is perfect for beginners, so those wanting unique outdoor photos, but not yet ready to take on the more strenuous trails would love this place! With a 200 foot cascading waterfall, Isaqueena Falls is perfect year round for photography.

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December 12, 2017

Achieving work-life-balance when working from home.

tumblr_nhsmggkfmz1qa7pqno1_400The topic of balance is one that I have struggled with since I was in high school. When I became a college student, I worked three jobs while trying to maintain a full load of classes. While I managed I can honestly say it was always just the bare minimum. At the age of thirty-three, I certainly do not have it all figured out, but, I am getting better with it as time goes on and that is what is most important.

In a productivity-driven society, the need to accomplish ‘more’ can easily override the desire to take time off to spend time with family or take time for yourself. When it comes to working from home the line between ‘work hours’ and ‘home life’ become even more blurred as you try to find a balance to complete the simplest of tasks. Finding ways to adequately fulfill your role in the workplace and at home when both places are the same can become a daunting task-there is always one that is given more priority over the other.

The word ‘balance’ would cause a great amount of stress because it felt like an unattainable dream that I would never be able to accomplish. Even worse when stress would be followed by guilt. You know the type of guilt I am talking about. When you are working but would rather spend time with the kids doing something fun. When you are home you feel guilty for not working, but when you are working you feel guilty for not being 100% in the moment with your family. It then becomes a never ending 24-hour cycle of guilt.

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December 11, 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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December 9, 2017

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Summer Body During Fall and Winter

5 tips to help keep your summer body in fall and winter

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Fall is almost here and so are all the delicious treats that we all enjoy eating. It has been well known for many years that people will gain 10 pounds over the holidays just because there is so much temptation around at all times of the day.With so many temptations around us, it can really become stressful to stay away from all the homemade cookies and expensive wines. The holidays are the perfect time of year to indulge with the people we love but we also want to make sure we take…I don’t know about you, but Fall is my favorite time of year. Here in South Carolina and Georgia, we have our State Fair which always falls on my birthday (also in October). To top it off, both of my children’s birthdays are in the month of October as well, so needless to say we spend a lot of time eating sweet treats during this month.  

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