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Friday, January 18, 2019

Spa Day For Tired Sore Overworked Muscles

Treat your tired sore feet to a relaxing DIY spa


     I received samples from Living Freeze, Gurunanda, and Crystal to facilitate this post. 

  If you are a runner, then you know all too well about tired sore overworked muscles, especially the feet. Putting in all those miles on the road or trails leads to not only sore muscles but it can take a toll on one's feet. Those daily miles leave my feet tired and kind of ugly. Since I have been running for over twenty years, I have gotten used to dry cracked skin on my feet. There are plenty of days that my feet just plain hurt and need some TLC. These are the days that I treat myself to a spa day for my tired feet. I like to at least once a week at the end of the day have a relaxing spa day at home for my tired muscles and feet.

This spa day is great for people who are on their feet all day!

When I treat myself to a spa, I like to go all out and make it a relaxing night. It is a great way to end my day and I basically lock myself in the bathroom or wait until the kids are in bed. Before I fill the bathtub up with warm water, I like to move my aromatherapy diffuser into the bathroom and add my favorite relaxing essential oil. I usually keep this 2 in 1 Humidifier in the bedroom so it is easy to move. The diffuser not only adds a great scent to my spa night but it also adds moisture to the air which is great for the dry winter here in the desert.


  My favorite 2 in 1 Humidifier/diffuser holds plenty of water so it runs up to 12 hours and keeps the air moist with a high mist. Running the heat in the winter tends to dry out the air in my house so this diffuser adds a great scent while helping me breath better. The fact that I can use the essential oil of my choice is even better. I love falling asleep to the smell of calming lavender.


CBD is awesome for tired sore muscles

 Once the bath is filled with warm water, I drop in a Lavender CBD Bath Bomb and then I get in for a nice long soak. This fragrant bath bomb not only adds more awesome scent to uplift my mood but it also contains 60 mg of CBD which helps with athletic event recovery. The bombs have a daily dose of CBD that can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. CBD is great for relaxing and may help manage things like pain and stress. The fizz from the bath bomb feels so good on my tired feet and muscles. The  CBD bath bomb leaves my feet feeling soft and moisturized. While I am relaxing in my warm bath, I like to file away at the dead skin on my feet with my foot file.

CBD Bath Bombs do not contain THC and will not leave you feeling “high”.


 The warm fizzy bath does a great job of relaxing my sore muscles. If I really overdid it with running or at the gym, I then apply additional CBD directly on the sore muscles with a roll-on natural menthol product. It is amazing how the Living Freeze takes away the pain with an intense cooling effect. When I apply the CBD Living Freeze directly to the affected area, it targets the problem areas right away as it also has other natural anti-inflammatories such as Arnica and Tea Tree Oil in it. I have also discovered that the Living Freeze helps me fall asleep when I rub it on my back. My back tends to get itchy after a shower so the cooling effect helps me forget about my itchy back.

CBD Living Freeze is great for sore muscles, arthritis, chronic pain, and stiffness. 

  My spa experience leaves me relaxed and my sore muscles feel so much better. My feet even look better. I then slather on my favorite lotion on my feet and body. Then I lay out my running clothes and shoes for tomorrows workout. My body feels so good and those 4 miles will be alright in the morning. I also place my natural deodorant by my running shoes as this spray keeps my feet smelling great as well as my armpits. I also spray some of the Crystal natural deodorant spray in my shoes before I run as it keeps them smelling fresh. The Vanilla Jasmine scent is my favorite and it also keeps my armpits smelling nice when I sweat at the gym. If you want to avoid aluminum then you should try this deodorant. Before you tell me that natural deodorants don't work, you need to give natural deodorant a second chance with an armpit detox.

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Spa time is awesome for oil pulling


 I try to make oil pulling a part of my dental care at least once a week. I really like the benefits of oil pulling but let's get real, it can be time-consuming to swish around the oil in my mouth for a long time. So my DIY spa time is a perfect time to swish the oil in my mouth as I don't have to worry about my husband asking me questions. Kind of like the dentist asking questions while he has his fingers in your mouth. I love that Masigi puts the flavorful oil in individual packs so they are great for traveling. The small packages contain 100% organic virgin coconut oil and organic essential oils, nothing else like chemicals. So I get the healing powers of coconut oil and fresh breath too.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gramma in a Box Football Treats

Enjoy homemade treats without having to bake



  My boys have expressed an interest in cooking and baking so I am teaching them more. I would love to see them be able to bake cookies or make dinner without my help as these are life skills that they need to learn. So I am starting to teach them more and let them be in the kitchen more. That is hard for me as that also means a messy kitchen. Sure I am teaching them how to clean up after they cook but they don't seem to clean like me. So, I have to take deep breaths and put aside my control freak behavior and realize that they are learning. To do this, I sit in the family room which is right next to the kitchen and let my boys do simple recipes like things in the microwave. I have learned that teaching the boys how to cook has some advantages as I can have them make me a cup of tea. I love that they know how to safely turn on and off the stove to use the tea kettle!


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  During winter break my boys had a blast helping me bake cookies. They really enjoyed pressing the cookie cutters into the sugar dough. The most fun came with decorating the cookies. By the time we were done with the cookies, the kitchen was a mess. I really don't like cleaning so baking with the boys only happens once in a while. I know I should bake more with them but time gets in the way or we don't have the ingredients in the house. So I am happy when my boys get a Gramma Box in the mail. That way they can make sweet treats all on their own with very little mess.

The monthly Gramma in a Box includes cookies, frosting, & sprinkles



  So when our monthly box of cookie and candy projects arrived, I decided to let the boys create the treats all by themselves. I gave them a couple of instructions like they had to clean up their mess and they had to share the treats with me. The boys were excited to make the treats this month as the theme was football and New Year related.

The instructions were easy to read!


 The boxes from Gramma always include easy to read instructions with pictures of how the treats should look. I love that all the ingredients are individually packed in small containers so my boys know which ones to use for which recipe. The monthly treat boxes always have three treat projects and one is always cookie decorating. This month's cookies were shaped like footballs and the frosting colors were blue, white, and yellow. There was also plenty of sprinkles to decorate with.

Gramma always shares the ingredients



 I like that all the ingredients for each treat project are listed on the back of the recipe card along with what allergens are present. Thankfully my boys do not have food allergies but this information is good for me as I have a dairy allergy. My boys have learned to read food labels as they don't want to see me coughing. I only discovered my dairy allergy 6 months ago and I sometimes sneak treats that have dairy in them thinking that I will be ok but I always regret it later when I am having a coughing attack. My husband always chews me when I start coughing and asks me if I had dairy. So he has put the boys in charge of not letting me have treats with dairy in them. So by letting the boys make the treats on their own, they will only offer me the treats that are safe for me.

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The sweet treats always look amazing


 The recipes in this sweet treat cookie box are always kid-friendly and only require a microwave to melt the chocolate. The projects are also so simple that my boys can make the treats look so amazing. This is the fourth box that we have received in the mail. My boys always get excited when the monthly Gramma Box arrives and look forward to a day of cooking/baking. Each month the box of goodies is a different theme. The last box we made was filled with Thanksgiving cookies and the box before had beach shaped cookies. My boys had a blast with the emoji cookies and they always wonder what next months theme will be. Sure some might say that these boxes are not filled with healthy food but I say as long as you are eating healthy foods 80% of the time then sweets are perfectly fine for kids. I am not going to be that mom that bans sweets but I am going to teach my boys about healthy food. I am also going to be the grandma that bakes cookies with my grandkids. My grandbaby is still too young for cookies as she just started on baby food.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Easy Egg Foo Young Recipe With The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef

An easy way to make egg foo young



  I discovered a while back a red cooking device that makes a perfect omelet. The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef also cooks many other things like chocolate pancakes and cake. It is a small appliance that my younger boys are allowed to use as I do not allow them to use the stove just yet as we have a gas stove. I am afraid that the boys would not turn on the gas correctly. The Red Copper Chef is easy for my boys to use as all they have to do is plug it in and wait for the green light to turn on. I have taught my boys how many minutes it takes to cook pancakes so they are able to cook their own breakfast.



A Red Football Shaped device makes cooking so easy

 Since the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef makes cooking so easy, I knew that I had to try other recipes in this cooking device. I thought about a recipe that I love to make but is hard to make it look good. The recipe that came to my mind was egg foo young. I love egg foo young but when I make it at home, it never looks as good as the ones I get from Chinese restaurants. I have a recipe that tastes just as good as Chinese takeout egg foo young but I wanted to see if the 5 Minute Chef could make it look good too. So I made my egg foo young recipe and poured some into the red cooker.


Never latch The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef 

I am not sure why there is a latch on the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef. When I first used this device, I made the mistake of latching it while cooking eggs as I thought the video that I watched told me to do so. Big mistake! I must have overfilled the cooker or the pressure must have built up inside. When I opened up the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef, it exploded and I had eggs everywhere. So even if you come across directions to latch the red cooker, do not as it just might explode eggs all over your kitchen.

 My egg foo young recipe has many different oils and sauces in it so it may seem complicated. The recipe really needs all these ingredients for the best flavor and once you measure them all out, the rest of the recipe is simple. The only part that is not so simple is forming the egg foo young into nicely shaped patties. When I make the recipe in a regular pan, the patties may look funny but it still tastes delicious.


Perfectly formed egg foo young in the Red Copper pan

 The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef changes all that as it forms the egg foo young into nice thick patties. I am so glad that I decided to cook them in this football-shaped cooker. If you do not have one of these red cooking devices, then you can make the egg foo young in a regular fry pan. Get those instructions HERE.

  If you want a super easy way to make egg foo young, then check out my Egg Foo Young Frittata recipe. Even the sauce is super easy to make as it only uses three ingredients. Did you know that you could make the egg foo young sauce with brown gravy?

Egg Foo Young
                                                        Makes 6-8 patties
                                              6 large eggs
                                              1/2 cup vegetable broth
                                              1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
                                              1/2 cup shredded carrots
                                              1 scallion, finely chopped
                                              2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
                                              1 tablespoon oyster sauce
                                              1 tablespoon soy sauce
                                              1 tablespoon sesame oil
                                              1 tbsp vegetable oil
                                      Foo young sauce
                                            1 cup vegetable broth
                                            2½ tablespoons soy sauce
                                            2 teaspoons rice vinegar
                                            2 teaspoons sugar
                                            1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
                                            1 teaspoon sesame oil
                                            1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Instructions
  Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add vegetable broth, mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrots, scallions,  garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated. Set aside and make the sauce.
  Combine all sauce ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring often. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for two minutes, stir a couple of times. Take the pan off the stove and set aside so you can prepare the egg foo young patties.
  Heat up the 5 Minute Chef and lightly coat it with the vegetable oil. Once the Red Copper has warmed up, fill it up with the egg mixture. Make sure to get plenty of the veggies in the cooker. Then close up the Red Copper pan-do not latch it- and cook for six minutes. Slowly open up the Red Copper cooker to see if the eggs are cooked and brown. If not, close it back up and cook for another minute. Take the egg foo young patty out and continue this process until all the mixture is used.

  Warm up the sauce, if needed and pour over the Egg Foo Young patties.



Make corn dogs in the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef
https://www.momknowsbest.net/2019/01/easy-corn-dog-recipe-in-red-copper-5.html


Easy Corn Dog Recipe In The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef

Corn dogs are easy to make in the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef


  About a year ago, I received a red football-shaped cooking device and discovered how it made wonderful omelets. I also discovered many readers who love using their Red Copper 5 Minute Chef for easy meals. One reader uses their 5 Minute Chef in their RV while on the road and others use it for eggs. I loved that one reader shared how she makes corn dogs in the Red Copper pan. I just had to make her recipe as it sounded delicious. She simply takes a cornbread mix and hot dogs to make her delicious corn dog recipe. The best part is that these corn dogs are baked, not fried. So it makes corn dogs a bit healthier.



Never latch The Red Copper 5 Minute Chef 



I am not sure why there is a latch on the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef. When I first used this device, I made the mistake of latching it while cooking eggs as I thought the video that I watched told me to do so. Big mistake! I must have overfilled the cooker or the pressure must have built up inside. When I opened up the Red Copper 5 Minute Chef, it exploded and I had eggs everywhere. So even if you come across directions to latch the red cooker, do not as it just might explode eggs all over your kitchen.



 My boys loved that they could enjoy corn dogs without having to visit the drive-thru place near our house. Since this recipe is a bit healthier, it also means that my boys can enjoy corn dogs more often, especially if I use turkey dogs in the cornbread mix. Sure they may not look like regular corn dogs but they still taste yummy. I can also make this corn dog recipe vegetarian & dairy-free if I use veggie dogs and plant-based milk in the recipe.


 To make the corn dogs in the  Red Copper 5 Minute Chef all you need is hot dogs and a package of cornbread mix. If you want to make the cornbread from scratch, you can do that also like I did as I had cornmeal in my pantry. You will also need the other ingredients like eggs, oil, and milk if you buy a cornbread mix. Making cornbread from scratch is easy too as all you need is a box of cornmeal and other simple ingredients like baking powder and salt. So if you make a lot of cornbread then buy the ingredients but if you just want to try the recipe, then buy a cornbread mix.


You can even slice the corn dog and add sticks


This Red Copper 5 Minute Chef is so handy in the kitchen
  I love using it for quick meals. The other day I made eggs in it and last night, I made my husband a chicken breast to pack in his lunch. The small cooker cleans up so fast too. If you don't have a Red Copper 5 Minute Chef then you should get one. If you want to make baked corn dogs without this red device, then just bake the hot dogs in the cornbread following the directions on your cornbread mix as it still tastes so delicious. My family really loves this healthier way of making corn dogs.

Check out my recipe for egg foo young in the 5 Minute Chef 
https://www.momknowsbest.net/2019/01/easy-egg-foo-young-recipe-with-red.html


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Yoga For Beginners- How Not To Be Embarrassed

This post was sponsored by Glo but the opinions are my own as I participated in several classes.

I decided to try yoga but I had no clue where to start


           
 It seems like everyone that I know is doing yoga, even my son is doing yoga in gym class. My older sister is even doing yoga many times a week and she really enjoys it. I have heard that yoga is supposed to be great for strength and toning, those are two items that I can always use more of. Then there is the stress relief part of yoga that sounds really good to me. So I started thinking to myself, maybe it is time that I start exploring some yoga classes. While I was at my gym last month I started watching some yoga classes while I did my weight machines. I was amazed at all that these ladies could do and they seemed so strong and flexible. These ladies also had great coordination and I kind of felt intimidated. This brought back bad memories of my clumsy self when I took aerobic classes and how I always was ten steps behind everyone else. I think that is why I like running as I do not have to do all those different steps that aerobic classes require.


Stuck inside the house with hyper kids

 I really wanted some flexibility and strength in my body as I can't even touch my toes. I thought to myself that maybe yoga might help strengthen my core muscles. So I told myself that I would look into taking a yoga class at my gym. Then I remembered that I did not want to be the one holding the class back as I am trying to learn the basics. I also did not want to feel embarrassed in the yoga class. Did you know that it is frown upon to ask a question in a yoga class? So I decided that I would try yoga in the comfort of my own home and looked online for yoga for beginners. I stumbled upon a 7-day free trial of online yoga classes and knew that winter break would be a perfect time for me to try yoga. With the cold weather and the boys being home, it would be hard for me to get to the gym anyway.


Fast forward to a winter storm 

 I am glad that I decided to a yoga class online as my town got hit with a two-day snowstorm that made the roads too icy to drive on. I was really stuck in the house with two hyper boys that tried to enjoy the snow but it was bitter cold outside and you really can't do much with an inch of snow. Yes, when you live in Albuquerque, the town shuts down with one inch of snow as they don't have the equipment to keep the roads safe. So I decided to check out the best online yoga classes to learn about yoga. I invited my boys to join in and watch a yoga video class with me, that way they might work off some of that extra energy that they always have. I placed my tablet into my tablet stand and selected a class that introduced me to the different yoga stretches. I loved that I could adjust my tablet stand so I could see the yoga video from the floor. I selected an online yoga class that was taught by a man so my boys could see that yoga is for everyone. My youngest son even brought me a yoga mat from the camping supplies.

IS YOGA RIGHT FOR YOU?
Yoga is accessible for everyone, no matter what you look like, how old you are, how you dress, how much you weigh, what you do for a living, where you live or what religion you practice.



Lots of classes and different levels 

  I was amazed at all the selection of beginner yoga classes that I could select from. Glo had online yoga for every level, from beginner to yoga teachers. The best part was no one was going to laugh at me when I did the yoga poses wrong, well maybe my kids did laugh at me but I am able to handle that. I also did not have to leave my house in the cold weather or try to get to the gym before the class filled up. I could also do my yoga class whenever I wanted. Why is it all the classes at the gym never fit my schedule?


Yoga is fun

  The boys and I had fun learning the different yoga poses. Sure there were times that I had to deal with them clowning around but as a mom, to four boys I am used to that. Once the boys got their wiggles out, they encouraged me to get my body form correct. My one son already knew how to do many of the poses from his school gym class.


Learning yoga at my pace

  I liked that I could pause the yoga video class as I was learning the yoga techniques. That way I did not feel rushed to learn the different yoga stretches. Pausing the yoga class also helped me to practice my deep breathing. The online yoga teacher also did a great job of explaining how to do the different yoga poses and helped me get the right yoga body form.

Even the most basic yoga stretches require clothes that can stretch or move, so wear the most comfortable outfit that allows you to move around easily. 



Yoga made me feel strong

  All my weightlifting at the gym really helped me with some of the yoga stances. I could really feel my arm muscles getting a good workout. The boys even challenge me to see how many push-ups I could do. They also reminded me that I needed to have my arms go down more with each push-up. I think yoga will help with my arm strength. The pose above felt good in my back muscles. Next time that my husband complains about back pain, I will have him perform this yoga pose.


Yoga is great for runners

  I even discover a couple of yoga poses that will be great for running. Before I run, I like to stretch my leg muscles well as I don't want to experience another hamstring tear like I did two years ago. So I will incorporate many of the yoga poses into my before and after running time. Yoga helped me stretch my leg muscles. I will get my cardio from running and my stretches from yoga.



Yoga will be great before bed                                                            
  By the time I was done with my online yoga class, I felt very relaxed. I do have to admit that I really do not like the slow pace of yoga so I may have to do my yoga class at nighttime when I have less energy. Yoga would be a great way to help me destress and get my boy relaxed for sleep. The online yoga video classes did help the boys be less hyper so I saw less rough-housing from them that day.


THE BENEFITS OF YOGA
Improve and maintain the health of muscles, joints, and organs
Keep your mind healthy
Help with sleep
Strengthen muscles
Improve performance and prevent injuries in sports
Speed recovery from training
Help with stress
Help with balance
Increase your sense of happiness and well being

Yoga classes to fit your schedule

 It is not easy to get the exercise in when you are a mom. Even if you belong to a gym, the child care center always has limited hours or your kid complains that they don't want to go. So I like that I can exercise whenever I want with these online yoga classes, even at 2 in the morning. I select the class that I like and just press play. If I don't like that class, I can leave and choose another class without feeling guilty or losing any money. I also do not have to worry about a crowded gym or finding a parking spot. So I like that I can exercise with yoga at home, especially when my kids have no school.  So be good to yourself this year and check out the Glo 7-day free trial of online yoga classes. You can learn/do yoga at your pace without feeling embarrassed or intimidated. You also do not need any fancy yoga clothes for the best online yoga. These online yoga classes are perfect for stay at home moms!

Do you want to learn yoga?

Check out a video of me learning yoga. I make be clumsy but I am learning.


Check out some workout tips for stay at home moms HERE



Friday, January 11, 2019

13 Simple Ways To Sneak In A Workout

Stop making excuses about finding time to exercise!


         I received products from H2O Audio to facilitate this post.

  Exercise is important and everyone should be getting some throughout the week to stay healthy. Exercise not only keeps your body healthy but it is also great for so many other things. Things like improving your mood, helping you concentrate, helping you sleep, and helping your body fight germs to name a few. Yes, sweating is good and should be done often. Exercise should be a part of your life, just like eating and brushing your teeth. Our bodies were meant to move. The problem that I hear from a lot of people is, "I don't have time to exercise!"


I don't have time to exercise!

   I so get the time thing as most days I am super busy and have a hard time getting out for a run or to the gym. Most days, I just don't feel like working out and have to force myself out of my comfy chair. In the winter it is even harder for me to want to work out as the dreary weather makes me want to stay indoors. So most days I don't get out for a run until an hour before the boys get home from school. I always go to bed with good intentions to get my exercise done first thing in the morning but that never happens as is it cold outside. It is getting easier to choose when I workout now that the boys are old enough to stay home by themselves for an hour. Also having the opportunity to meet my husband at the gym after work helps. When the boys were younger I had to find ways to make exercise happen and these exercise tips for stay at home moms helped. So I get the time problem but you can make exercise happen without having to commit to a large amount of time. You should get at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week. To make exercise happen here are some helpful tips to squeeze that exercise in.

Tip: Exercising three days a week for 30 minutes keeps your body healthy. For weight loss do five days for 45 minutes each time.


 The best tip that helps me get a good workout in, is listening to fast music. The music lifts my mood and it helps the time go by quicker. I put all my favorite workout music on my sweatproof Bluetooth MP3 player and then put on the headphones to make my exercise time more enjoyable. When I am at the gym on the treadmill, people are probably wondering why I am smiling while running so fast. The secret is fast inspirational music like my favorite from Mandisa. My favorite song is Overcomer and I have to control myself from sing out loud at the gym.


1. Break up the time up
 In a perfect world, one has the time to workout 30-45 minutes a day but we lead busy lives and have kids so that is hard to do. So try sneaking in the exercise in several times a day to add up to 30 minutes or more.



2. Take the stairs
  If your job has stairs, skip the elevator and take the stairs. Even if you work on the first floor, get to the stairs during a break or lunch time. Stairs are a great form of exercise.

3. Park farther away
 Anytime you find yourself parking the car, choose a spot farthest away and get some exercise in that way.


4. Join a gym close to home or work
  You will succeed better at getting to the gym if it is close to your home or work. That way you are not adding extra time into the workout with driving. I belong to two gyms (the benefits of my husband working for the city) and I choose to go to the smaller one near my house over the one further away with a swimming pool. While the one with the swimming pool is way better, it adds in 40 minutes of driving so I only go there once in a while. I value my time and that extra 40 minutes of driving time is not going to happen most days. The benefit of having a gym near the house makes it easy to drag your but there. My husband takes the bus to work so it is great that the gym is near the bus stop. So he meets me there after work. Most days I run and then head to the gym for simple weight exercise.

Helpful hint: Consume a natural energy drink or a cup of coffee 20 minutes before your workout to get some energy. 


5. Turn Your Commute into a Workout
 If you are able to bike or walk to work that is awesome for exercise. If you drive or take the bus, park a couple blocks away from your job or get off a couple bus stops ahead and walk. Just keep your good shoes at work and change out of your gym shoes once you get to work.

6. Sneak In a Lunch Break Workout
  Take the full amount of your lunchtime and spend half of it doing a brisk walk. Leave a pair of gym shoes at work that you can wear. If you can get a couple of coworkers to join you in walking, you can have someone to talk to. This could also be a great way to talk about work. I remember a trip to New York and seeing a lady walking with two guys while talking about business things and thinking what a great idea!

7. Set Your Alarm Early
 For some people, getting the exercise in first thing always helps. An early morning workout also gets the brain charged up and on the mornings that I run, I always have a productive day and get more things done. So set that alarm early and get out for a walk.

8. Combine exercise with errands
  If the store is close by then walk or bike instead of driving. When the weather is nice out, I will walk to the store that is a mile away from my house if I just need to pick up a couple items. When I have to get more items then I will bike to the store. I have baskets on my bike that hold all my groceries. Biking is great exercise.

9. Take the Kids with You
 Stop using the kids as your excuse to not exercise. Head to the park or push the younger ones in a stroller. Kids love running around so they will love to go on a walk or bike ride with you. It is also a great way to catch up on how their day was.

10. Make It a Date
 Now that the kids are older, my husband and I head to the gym together. Being together at the gym is great motivation for my husband to workout more. Then about once a week we go out for a quick bite after we workout. Another great idea is to leave the kids home with dad and meet a friend at the gym.


11. No more couch potato
 While you are watching your favorite tv show, hop on a treadmill or exercise bike. You could also use some free weights or a balance board. Just marching in place during commercials is also good exercise.

12. Do the microwave dance
  While you are cooking or heating something up in the microwave, get silly and do the microwave dance. Put on some music while you are cooking and dance. Those few extra moves are a great way to get some exercise.


13. Change up your workout
  Most people stop working out because they get bored. So chose different ways to get the exercise in. One day head over to the gym while the next go for a walk. Other days you can go for a bike ride and then head to the pool to do some laps. If swimming is your thing, then you need to get this waterproof MP3 player and waterproof headphones. That way you can listen to your favorite tunes and make doing those laps in the pool more exciting. I just love how these headphones fit so well in my ears. I have small ears and most headphones fall out. These 100% waterproof headphones come with 5 different earplugs so they give me a secure and comfortable fit while swimming.


I always feel great after a workout



  There are many days that I have to force myself to workout. I make the excuses too. When I finally do get to some healthy exercise, I always start feeling better. When my workout is done, I am always glad that I forced my self to run or workout at the gym. I always feel so energetic and happy. I am always in a better mood too. 

What excuses do you have when it comes to exercising?

                         Love this sign at my gym!


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