There’s no denying our health is important, we’ve all been guilty of putting it on the back burner at some point in our lives. Whether it be for our families (hi Mom!), a job, or an over-indulgent weekend with friends (girls trip anyone?), it’s easy to forget the importance of our health, physical fitness and mental well-being as we manage the stress and joys of everyday life. In case you’ve found yourself in one of those slumps, we’ve got a great reason to help get you back on track: Wednesday is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, a nation-wide effort to focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women. It isn’t just about fitness, it’s about healthy lifestyle habits including eating right, exercise, sleep, stress and overall health. If you’re interested in finding something to do that day, check out 6 ways to celebrate women’s fitness day.
- Try a new sport. Ever thought of doing water aerobics or taking a spin class? Local YMCA’s, as well as many others, will be holding special events nationwide. Take this time to try a brand new class.
- Try a new workout. Short on time try a 15-minute kettlebell workout. 15minutes is plenty of time to get in your daily workout. The average kettlebell workout burns up to 20 calories minute!
- Schedule a health check. Book a doctor or nurse for a well-woman checkup and any preventative screenings that might be eligible for your age group. Staying on top of any required tests and health concerns now can save you a lot of stress, time and money in the future.
- Give yourself a beauty day. DIY facial, wrap or mud bath. Today is all about women and self-care. Take time out for yourself.
- Eat healthily. Your body is your temple. Make today the day you tell yourself you’re going to start a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet can go long ways towards bone health.
- Take a nap. There are numerous studies on the benefits of a restful sleep. Take a nap and reenergize yourself.
How do you plan to Celebrate Women’s Fitness Day?
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!
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Happy September! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! This past weekend I decided it would be a great idea to take the kids to Boston for a few days. This was a surprise trip, I just wanted to drive! I didn’t make any particular plans, it was just one of those weekends where I decided it would be nice to do something with the kids.
We started off our trip with a drive to Cape Cod! I had never visited when we lived here, so it was nice to take a day trip early in the morning before it got too crowded. We found a small private beach and walked for a while. It was perfect!
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.
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!
Strength 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.
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:
Better Boat Rental
Irmo Recreation Commission
South Carolina Kayak Tours:
Carolina Outdoor Adventures
Edisto River Adventures
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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.
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.
Taking time for yourself is very important. Without proper self-care, your relationships can suffer. I can attest to the fact that as a work from home mom I had/have very little time for myself. In fact, from October 2015-January 2017, I can count on one hand how many times I had the opportunity to sneak away just for myself. Whether it be a drive to the store or a nap at home alone. Usually, when you mention self-care most people will envision mom running off to the spa for a day or time at a winery with the girls. That sounds nice and I would love to be able to do that..but I work on a budget. Self-Care on a budget doesn’t have to be the pits, finding a few things that you really enjoy (free or low-cost) is a wonderful way to save money and relax at the same time. Who knows with the money you save you can buy yourself a new pair of shoes!
Taking time away from the phone and computer are the easy things you can do to recharge your batteries. In fact, it should make you feel good knowing you can put those things away and not stress over incoming messages. Even if it’s just for a few hours, time away from your devices is important.
Allowing time for yourself shows you know how to set boundaries. When you create boundaries, it lessens the chance of you being taken advantage of or overworking yourself. When you can show others you care about your well-being they will have no choice but to abide by your wishes.
This TED talk on the importance of self-care was one of the motivating factors in my decision to take time out for myself.
Guy Winch describes self-care as emotional hygiene. He states we should be “Taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.”
- Home manicure/pedicure
- Quiet bath
- Binge watch television
- Adult coloring book
- Glass of wine outside
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.