10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health

Lemon essential oil can enhance your hair, skin, immune system, and mental health. Here are 10 ways to use lemon essential oil for better health! 10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health via @tipsaholic #lemon #lemonoil #essentialoils #youngliving #oils


10 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil For Your Health
Essential oils can do so much to maintain and improve our health, from the hair on our head to the feet that hold up our bodies daily. Lemon essential oil, which contains the powerful antioxidant d-Limonene, can boost your skin’s health, your mental health, and many more things. Read on to find 10 ways to use lemon essential oil for your health and well-being!

 

1. Add Lemon to Your Water

You’ve probably heard about how healthy it is to drink lemon water. Instead of stocking up on lemons, you can just add 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil to your daily morning glass of water. This will help cleanse your liver and kidney of toxins. Drinking this daily can also can boost your metabolism.

You could also add lemon essential oil to your morning tea or smoothie to get the same results. The lemon oil will also add a nice flavor to your morning drink!

 

2. Maintain Clear Skin

If you struggle with breakouts or oily skin, adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to your moisturizer can help balance the oil glands in your skin. Just don’t use your enhanced moisturizer on days you plan to be outside; the lemon oil is UV sensitive.

 

3. Wash Your Fruit and Vegetables Efficiently

Many fruits and vegetables have a waxy residue that can be hard to wash off with plain water. Clean your food completely and sanitize them with the help of 3 to 5 drops of lemon oil added to a water-filled sink.

 

4. Whiten Your Teeth

Lemon essential oil can lighten stains and they can do that for your teeth. Mix the oil with baking soda and coconut oil and rub the mixture on your teeth. Wait for two minutes and then rinse.

 

5. Improve Your Mood

Put lemon essential oil in a diffuser to lift your spirits and to give yourself a clearer outlook on your day. The fresh scent can rejuvenate your mood and can help you attain a positive mindset.

 

6. Boost Your Immunity

To maintain your health during cold and flu seasons, try mixing lemon essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing it on your neck. This encourages proper nasal function.

 

7. Reduce Morning Sickness

Diffusing lemon essential oil can help pregnant woman feel better if they’re struggling with morning sickness. Even just opening a bottle of lemon oil and sniffing it can help you feel less nauseous instantly.

 

8. Soften Your Feet

Do you have corns, bunions, or calluses on your feet? Try rubbing lemon essential oil on your feet every morning and evening for softer feet that you’ll be proud to show off in summer sandals.

 

9. Improve Circulation

Maintaining proper circulation in your body and skin can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and to remove waste from your cells. Massage lemon essential oil into the skin around your problem areas regularly to achieve optimal circulation.

 

10. Strengthen Your Hair

Shampooing every day can cause damage to hair, but some people need to shampoo their hair daily because of oily hair. After washing your hair, put four drops of lemon oil to your wet hands and apply that to your hair. Rinse the oil off and style as usual. The lemon oil will help reduce oily hair, helping your hair become stronger thanks to less shampooing. The oil will also help your hair become more shiny!

Some people also report that lemon oil helps reduce dandruff, so that’s another great use for lemon oil for your hair.

 

For more information on lemon essential oil and other essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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26 Ways to Use Purification Essential Oil

Purification essential oil can do so much for your health and your home! Here are 26 ways to use purification essential oil that you need to know about now. 26 Ways to Use Purification Essential Oil via @tipsaholic #oils #youngliving #essentialoils #purificationoil #purification


26 Ways to Use Purification Essential Oil
Purification essential oil is a blend of six different essential oils: lemongrass, tea tree, rosemary, myrtle, lavandin, and citronella. They each have different properties and they all combine to form an essential oil that can do so much for your health and your home! Here are 26 ways to use purification essential oil that you need to know about!

1. Freshen Your Indoor Air

Put purification essential oil in a diffuser to clean your indoor air. It will also remove odors from your home, even stubborn ones.

2. Remove Stinky Smells

If there’s a spot in your home that always gives off a smell, put a drop or two of purification essential oil on a cotton ball and put it there. Some examples include the litter box, the trash can, or the diaper pail.

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3. Put on Canker Sores

Canker sores are so painful and can take a long time to go away. Try putting one drop of purification oil on your canker sores three times per day.

4. Remove Mildew

Put a few drops of purification essential oil to the area and scrub to remove all traces of mildew.

5. Make Homemade Insect Repellant

Mix purification essential oil with water in a glass spray bottle and spray on your clothing to repel bugs and mosquitoes. No chemicals!

6. Treat Bug Bites

Mosquito bites and other bites aren’t fun. Stop the itching and disinfect the bug bite by putting one drop of purification essential oil on it.

7. Keep Pests Out

To keep bugs and other pests out of your home, put a few drops of purification essential oil at the base of your doors.

8. Put on Cuts, Scrapes, and Blisters

Try purification essential oil on cuts, scrapes, blisters, and other small injuries to the skin. It’ll boost your skin tissue growth and disinfect the area.

9. Freshen Forgotten Laundry

Forgot a load of laundry in the washing machine for too long? Remove the mildew smell by putting it all in the dryer and adding a wet cloth with two drops of purification essential oil on it.

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10. Clean the Washing Machine

If you have a front loader, you might need to clean it periodically to remove the mildew smell that happens when it doesn’t get completely dry between loads. Set your washing machine on the rinse cycle and add two to three drops of purification oil.

11. Make Your Dogs Smell Good

Mix 10 drops of purification essential oil with 8 ounces of water in a glass spray bottle and apply on your dogs’ fur to make them smell like they’ve just been bathed. You can use this spray on dog crates, dog beds, and more to remove the dog smell from your home.

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12. Get Rid of Fleas

Purification essential oil can be used as a flea treatment for cats. Put two drops on your cat’s neck to get rid of a flea infestation. You can do the same for a flea infestation on a dog, but you might need to use more drops depending on the size of your dog.

13. Relieve a Sore Throat

If your throat is feeling sore, try rubbing a drop of purification oil on your neck.

14. Apply On Pimples

One drop of purification essential oil can help get rid of a pimple fast and promote skin recovery. You could also mix three to four drops of the oil with two tablespoons coconut oil to make a balm that you can apply to problem areas on your skin.

15. Freshen Your Bathroom

To get rid of offending odors in your bathroom, try putting a drop of purification oil inside a roll of toilet paper. When you run out of toilet paper, put another drop on a new roll. Another way to freshen your bathroom is to put a drop on a cotton ball and put that in the air vent or a high shelf.

16. Make Your Own Air Freshener Spray

Mix 20 drops of purification essential oil with distilled water in a glass spray bottle and spray on areas you want to freshen, such as laundry hampers and bed sheets.

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17. Use as Deodorant

Put a few dabs of purification oil to your armpits instead of using store-bought deodorant. The oil will help you sweat less and remove odors.

18. Freshen Stinky Shoes

Sick of smelly shoes? Try putting a few drops of purification essential oil on cotton balls and put them in the offending shoes. The odor will clear and the shoes will smell fresh and new!

19. Protect Yourself From Germs

Germs can spread fast in small spaces, such as airplanes. When you travel, put a few drops of purification oil on your hands and inhale periodically. This will help prevent you from breathing in too many germs from the recycled air.

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20. Banish Bed Bugs

Staying in a hotel and concerned about bed bugs? Mix purification essential oil with water in a spray bottle and bring it with you when you travel. Spray it on hotel beds to repel bed bugs.

21. Boost Your Immune System

Feeling a little off? Mix a few drops of purification oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) and put the mixture inside your nose.

22. Turn Your Humidifier into an Air Cleaner

A humidifier helps add moisture to a dry room, but why not increase its functionality? Apply two drops of purification to a cotton swab and put it on the top of your humidifier as it runs. This will allow the humidifier to clean the air.

23. Use as Perfume

Many people love the smell of purification essential oil; some even wear it as perfume!

24. Remove Paint Fumes

When you paint a room, the smell of paint tends to linger for days and days. Put purification essential oil in a diffuser in a freshly painted room and the paint fumes will disappear within a few hours to one day, depending on the size of the room.

25. Get Rid of Microwave Odors

The smell of burnt microwave popcorn is possibly one of the worst smells ever. If that happens to you, put two drops of purification in a bowl of water and nuke for 15 seconds. Leave the bowl in the microwave for a while and the smell will be gone! This method works with any smells that might linger in your microwave.

26. Deodorize Your Carpet

If you have areas in your carpet that smells due to mildew or pet accidents, make your own carpet deodorizer with purification essential oil. Take a glass jar, fill it up with baking soda and 20 drops of purification oil, and mix thoroughly. Shake on the smelly areas of your carpet and wait for 15 minutes. Vacuum and enjoy the fresh scent.

 

What other uses do you have for purification essential oil? Go here to get more information on essential oils and go here to sign up for your own account so you can start using essential oils as soon as possible!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Homemade Essential Oil Night Cream

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Homemade Essential Oil Night Cream
Essential oils have so many uses. They are great for health, household uses and even first aid. Plus, they are a great way to create beauty products at home. Using certain oils, a natural approach to beauty can be achieved. For many women as they age they desire to try night creams. Rather than wasting lots of money on different store bough night creams, grab your oils and whip up this amazing homemade essential oil night cream.

Essential Oils for DIY Night Cream

What you will need:

  • organic coconut oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Peace & Calming oil
  • Cedarwood oil
  • Valor Oil
  • glass jar for storage (a small mason jar would work great)

 

Homemade Essential Oil Night Cream Recipe

  1. Whip 3/4 cup of organic coconut oil until creamy (this takes about 5 – 10 minutes).
  2. Stir in 8 drops each of Lavender, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, and Valor.
  3. Whip until evenly combined and store in a glass jar in a cool and dark location. Apply to face before bedtime.

This night cream will help you rest well and leave skin feeling great with the combination of oils.

 

For more information on essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

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25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

25 Simple Ways to Use Thieves Oil - Tipsaholic

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Thieves Essential Oil blend is a fantastic natural addition to your medicine cabinet.  This oil is a proprietary blend of rosemary, cloves and other aromatics and botanicals.  It’s beneficial for immune support and is well known for it’s purifying properties.  Thieves can be used as an aromatic or topically, giving it a lot of versatility.  How versatile, you ask?  Well, here’s just a sample of the simple ways to use Thieves essential oil in your home!

 

1. Immune Support Capsules – Pour a few drops of the oil in a capsule and swallow with water for a boost to your immune system.  Fight off colds during flu season before you even feel them coming!  Or take them periodically on a regular schedule to increase longevity.

 

2.  Topical Rub – Feeling ill?  Kick cold or stomach bug symptoms to the curb.  Dilute Thieves with regular olive oil and rub it on the soles of the feet (or along the spine for particularly nasty bugs).  This will help your body absorb their purifying properties and jump start your immune response to sickness.

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3. Laryngitis – Place a diluted drop of Thieves under your tongue when your voice is raspy or gone entirely.  It’ll help clear up your vocal strain in no time.

 

4. Nasal Function – If you’re feeling sniffly, sneezy and itchy, putting Thieves on the soles of the feet can alleviate symptoms and encourage proper nasal function.  You can also apply a drop of Thieves diluted in a drop of olive oil directly under your nose.

 

5. Lung Congestion – Place Thieves in a diffuser then drape your head with a towel, trapping the vapors.  Breath the vapors in for up to 5 minutes.

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6. Travel Well - Take Thieves along with you when you travel on planes, trains or buses.  Rub some into the soles of your feet or take a drop or two with orange juice to ward off airborne illnesses and amp up your immune system.

 

7. Throat Spray – Adding Thieves to a spray bottle of water and sea salt can create your very own version of a disinfectant spray.  You can then use this to numb a sore throat!

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8. Headache Relief – This quick fix for headaches requires nothing special at all!  Simply use a finger to apply a drop of Thieves to the roof of your mouth.

 

9. Skin abrasions – If you’ve got a small cut or simple abrasion, ditch the Neosporin and try Thieves instead.  Apply 1-3 drops with a cotton ball or q-tip to the wound for anti-bacterial purposes and to speed healing.

 

10.  Skin Care – To help with acne, you can dilute a few drop of Thieves with a carrier oil, like coconut oil (known for anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties), and apply it to affected spots with a q-tip.  Or mix it with olive oil and apply over the face.  It’s nontoxic and will clean away nasty germs.

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11. Wart Remover – No more expensive and only slightly affective OTC wart removers!  All you need to do is apply Thieves directly to the affected area – or dilute it with some coconut oil.  It’ll kill any viruses there and get rid of those warts completely.  Added bonus: the coconut oil will moisturize the area as well!

 

12. Athlete’s Foot – Rub oil “neat” (undiluted) directly onto the area of your foot that’s infected.  Or you can make a foot soak with warm water, epsom salts and thieves combined.

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13. Canker Sore Relief – Follow the directions here to fight off canker sores.  You can apply the oil “neat” (undiluted) directly to the spot, or dilute it with coconut oil – known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Not only will it speed the healing process, but it will numb the area upon contact for some needed relief.

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14. Gum Health – Rub a drop of oil neat on irritated areas of the gum, or dilute it with a natural oil carrier like coconut or olive oil, then apply with a q-tip.  It will reduce swelling and inflammation, kill germs and bacteria, and promote overall dental health.  Plus, it’ll help freshen your breath!

 

15. Oil-pulling – Combine a drop of Thieves with coconut oil for regular oil-pulling.  This can help with oral hygiene, as well as immune support and overall health.

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16.  Remove Splinters – Applying Thieves oil to a sliver or splinter and allowing it to rest for about 5 minutes will reduce the inflammation and cause the sliver to rise to the surface of the skin.  With its anti-bacterial properties it’s a great alternative to rubbing alcohol or the like.

 

17. Natural Air Purifier – Use a diffuser with Thieves for 15-30 minutes in your home to purify the air.  It will start removing mold around the house and eliminate some germs.  It leaves a refreshing, natural and clean scent.  It can also promote a happier mood.

 

18. Floor Care – Add a few drops to a bucket of water and mop your floor as you normally do.  It will ward of mold and mildew, kill germs and bacteria and make your floors smell good!

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19. Sani-Wipes – Add a few drops of Thieves to warm water, then dip in clean, small scraps of cotton or muslin cloth.  Wring them out well, then keep them in a small, airtight glass jar.  Take them with you when shopping to disinfect shopping carts and other germy surfaces.  It’s nontoxic, so perfectly safe with kids.

 

20.  Dishwashing – Use a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher along with your regular detergent to thoroughly clean your dishes.  Bonus: it eliminates any lingering odor from grease or strong-smelling foods!

 

21. Purifying Spray – Add Thieves to water in a glass spray bottle and spray everything that is high traffic – light switches, doorknobs, countertops, etc.  This is especially effective during flu season to ward off unwanted germs and bacteria.  It can also get rid of mold in damp areas and prevent future mold build up – just add some distilled white vinegar as well.

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22. Bath Toy Disinfectant – Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and hot water, then add a few drops of Thieves.  Soak your bath toys for 10 minutes to get rid of mold and help with mold prevention.

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23. Canine Wound Care – If you’ve got a furry four-legged friend that’s prone to surface scrapes and abrasions, you can use Thieves to clean the cut and speed healing.

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24. Marker Eraser – If you accidentally grab the wrong type of marker when using a white board, you can make that “permanent” problem go away by putting a few drop of Thieves on a tissue and rubbing.

 

25. Plant Care – Spraying diluted Thieves on houseplants or gardens can repel insects and guard against mold or fungus.  Learn more essential oil plant care tips at the link.

 

Learn more about Young Living essential oils and how they can help you!  You can purchase Thieves oil here.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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12 First Aid Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

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12 First Aid Uses for Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxing effects on the body, but did you know that the oil is also very good for the skin and can help reduce the pains and discomfort associated with injuries to the skin? Here are 12 uses for lavender essential oil that make it a great addition to your first aid kit! You’ll be amazed at how often you whip it out to treat scrapes, cuts, burns, and more.

1. Burns

Got burned by a hot pan? Apply two to three drops of lavender essential oil on the burn and the pain will lessen. Put the oil on the burn periodically throughout the day and it’ll get better faster. The oil may also help prevent a scar from forming.

2. Cuts

A drop of lavender essential oil on a cut can help stop the bleeding and reduce the pain. The oil will also clean the wound and kills the bacteria around the area of the wound.

3. Bruises

Rub a drop of lavender oil on a nasty bruise to reduce pain and to calm the person (especially if it’s a child) who has the bruise.

4. Diaper Rashes

Mix one drop of lavender essential oil with a scoop of coconut oil. Rub that on your baby’s bottom for a soothing effect. The smell will also help calm your little one.

5. Sunburns

A bad sunburn is painful, but you can reduce the discomfort of a sunburn with lavender essential oil in two ways. You could fill a bottle with coconut oil mixed with a few drops of lavender oil. Or you could put distilled water in a glass spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the bottle. Apply to the skin for some pain relief.

6. Sunburned Lips

Make a homemade lip balm and add a few drops of lavender essential oil for sensitive, sunburned lips. This also works well for chapped lips.

7. Cramps

If you have monthly cramps or muscle cramps, try mixing lavender essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing that on the area. Then put a warm compress on the area for even more relief.

8. High Temperatures

To help bring down a high temperature, especially for younger children, rub lavender essential oil on the bottom of the feet and the cheeks.

9. Ear Pain

Apply lavender oil around the ear and behind the ear to help relieve ear pain.

10. Insect Bites and Stings

To help reduce the pain of an insect bite or sting, rub a few drops of lavender essential oil on the affected area. This will also help reduce itching and swelling.

11. Itchy Skin

If you have dry, itchy skin, try mixing coconut oil or olive oil with a few drops of lavender oil. Massage the combined oils on your skin for some relief.

12. Cold Sores

Combine a drop of lavender essential oil with a carrier oil and rub it on a cold sore to help reduce your discomfort.

Isn’t it amazing how much lavender essential oil can do? Lavender essential oil and other essential oils make great additions to your first aid kit, modern medicine and your home. If you’re interested in bringing essential oils into your home, here’s some more information. You can also sign up for a Young Living account here.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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10 Eggplant Recipes Everyone Will Love

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10 Eggplant Recipes Everyone Will Love
Eggplant parmigiana is a delicious and traditional dish that everyone knows, but it’s not the only way to cook eggplant. If you’ve been looking for new ways to cook the purple vegetable that will please everyone at your dinner table, look no further. Try these 10 yummy eggplant recipes!

Eggplant Pizzas

Pizza is a crowd pleaser, so everyone from the adults to the kids will definitely enjoy this eggplant pizza recipe. And it’s gluten-free and vegetarian, making it even more attractive (and accessible) to all kinds of eaters.

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Eggplant Gratin with Herbs and Creme Fraiche

This gorgeous eggplant recipe is somewhat similar to eggplant parmesan, but it uses creme fraiche instead of ricotta cheese or mozzarella and includes fresh herbs. The result is a lighter dish but just as satisfying.

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Eggplant Involtini

Perfect for holiday dinners or special family gatherings, this eggplant recipe is a bit involved but you’ll have fun stuffing and rolling up the eggplant slices and listening to your dinner guests ohh and ahh over the finished dish.

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Roasted Eggplant with Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta

This is another vegetarian and gluten-free eggplant recipe that would be perfect for a light and healthy lunch or as a side for dinner.

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Roasted Eggplant with Seasoned Potatoes

Make this easy eggplant recipe as a side dish or add it to a frittata. Both hearty and healthy, this recipe shines when you add fresh herbs and lemon zest.

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Almond Crusted Baked Eggplant

Have you tried chinese eggplant? This great eggplant recipe gives you a reason to try the thinner variety of eggplant. Try making it for your next sports event gathering!

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese

Warm salads, such as this one, pair beautifully with goat cheese. As you eat, the goat cheese will spread all over the salad thanks to the heat. Crunchy, smoked almonds finish off this salad nicely.

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Boats with Sausage

Scoop out the flesh from your eggplant halves to create boats for this fun and delicious eggplant recipe! This recipe uses white eggplant, which sounds very intriguing, but you could use any type of eggplant in its place if you can’t find the white variety at your local grocery store.

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Vegan Tacos with Eggplant, Asparagus, and Black Beans

What veggies do you use in your tacos? These unique vegan tacos include eggplant, asparagus, and black beans cooked in Mexican spices. If you’re not a vegetarian or a vegan, you could replace the black beans with chicken.

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Eggplant, Kale, Tomato, & Bacon Panini

If you like a good panini sandwich, you’ll love this great take on a BLT. This eggplant recipe is perfect for a special lunch or a light dinner.

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Now I’m really in the mood for some eggplant. Too bad I don’t have any in the fridge right now — off to the grocery store I go! Let us know if you try any of these recipes!

For more vegetable recipes, check out 7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes and 10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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10 Daily Habits to Start (and Stick With) For the New Year

With small changes in your daily routine, you can improve your health, your productivity, and your happiness. Adopt these 10 daily habits for the new year! via tipsaholic.com #newyear #resolutions #health #goals #weightloss #habits


10 Daily Habits to Start (and Stick With) For the New Year
It’s a whole new year and a new chance for a whole new you! With small changes in our daily routines, we can improve our health, our productivity, and our happiness. Make these 10 daily habits a part of your life this year and you’ll see big results.

You don’t have to start all of these habits all at once! Actually, doing so would only lead to failure. Try a goal of a new habit per week or per month. Choose the habits that you feel you need to work on and focus on these one at a time. Go at a pace that feels right to you. If you miss a day, that’s fine. Move on and do it the next day.

 

1. Drink more water. Our bodies are almost 70% water, so drinking enough water is so important to our health. If you’re not drinking enough water, try adding an extra cup to your day or toting around a bottle of water. Look for other sources of water as well, such as fruit and vegetables, to increase your daily water intake.

 

2. Eat breakfast. Start off your days with a healthy breakfast that fills you up and you’ll have energy that lasts all day long. Try these oatmeal recipes and these portable breakfast ideas for many great breakfast options.

 

3. Make lunch to take to work. Making your own lunch will save you money and whatever you make is most certainly going to be healthier and less calorie-laden than any take-out option around your workplace. Try these easy meals in tortillas!

 

4. Floss. Flossing and brushing your teeth is a great daily habit to have, since gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis can lead to health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. Aim to floss at least once a day and once you’ve got that habit down, do it two times a day for best results.

 

5. Go out for a short walk after dinner. This daily habit will achieve two things: help you to reconnect with nature and gives you an activity that moves your body at least once daily. Take the whole family with you if you can and make it a family tradition.

 

6. Stretch in the morning after you wake up. Doing a few simple stretches will wake you up and get your body ready for a long and productive day. Try these morning stretches or try an early yoga class.

 

7. Sleep more. Research after research shows that we’re at our best with 6 to 9 hours of sleep. Here are some tips to achieve just that.

 

8. Do something active. At least 20 minutes of activity every day will give you many health benefits. Go out for a bike ride, clean your living room, or pop in that exercise DVD you’ve been meaning to try. Make it a daily habit so you don’t have the handy excuse of “I’ll exercise tomorrow” that’s so convenient when you aim to exercise only three or four times a week.

 

9. Get up early to complete your most important task of the day. It could be an urgent form that you need to fill out, an appetizer you need to get ready for the party tonight, or a project that’s due that day. Whatever it is, get it done before everyone else wakes up. Then your day is already off to a great start!

 

10. Read something. Your reading material could be anything, but read something that’s not related to your work. A good book on the nightstand, a daily blog read, or an interesting article on a topic you’re learning about are all great options.

 

Here’s to a better year that’s filled with healthy daily habits that make you feel and look great! Which daily habit will you strive for first?

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Healthy Foods to Eat When You Crave Sweets

Don't give in the next time you crave sweets, instead try snacking one of these healthy foods and keep yourself on track. Healthy Foods to Eat When You Crave Sweets ~ Tipsaholic.com #healthysnacks #craving

 

 

crave sweets

 

Trying to lose weight while battling a sweet tooth? These simple snacks can help keep you on track when the cravings hit. With combinations of nutrients like protein and fiber with small amounts of more natural sugars, you’ll be able to feed your need for sweet without going overboard.

 

Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a great snack and are often sweet enough to ward off the desire for a cookie or two. Use bananas for sweetness, berries for an antioxidant boost, and Greek yogurt for protein. You can even add in mild greens like spinach for extra health benefits without sacrificing flavor. If you need a recipe to get you started, try one of these simple superfood smoothies!

 

Dark chocolate

Chocolate seems to be one of the more irresistible sweets when it comes to cutting back. Dark chocolate is a good alternative for the typical sugar-laden chocolate you may be accustomed to. Remember that the higher the cocoa content, the better the chocolate is for you.

 

Yogurt or a yogurt parfait

Plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt are the best types because they are the lowest in sugar, but mixing in berries or adding a bit of honey can sweeten things up if needed. Make your own parfait by layering the yogurt in a cup with berries and a bit of granola.

 

Plain or chocolate dipped fruits

Fruits like berries and bananas are great foods to grab when a craving rears its ugly head. Plain is obviously best, but the occasional addition of chocolate can make a fruit more like a dessert. Stick with dark chocolate to keep things as healthy as possible.

 

Cottage cheese and fruit

Protein and fiber are the star nutrients in this snack. These and the little bit of sweetness provided by the fruit makes it a well-rounded addition to your afternoon.

 

Trail mix

A trail mix combination of nuts and seeds is a great way to ward off hunger of any kind. Some dried fruit or even a bit of chocolate tossed in may be just enough of a treat to keep your sweet tooth at bay.

 

A cracker or graham cracker with peanut butter

If you want to avoid sugar altogether, a whole-grain cracker is the way to go, but a graham cracker is a great place to start when you crave sweets. Peanut butter contains protein and healthy fats that will knock out any hunger you might feel. Eat a snack like this when the first signs of hunger begin to show and you may be able to stop a craving before it even begins.

 

Flavored popcorn

Plain old microwave or stovetop popcorn can be dressed up with seasonings to make a snack for any afternoon slump. Try one of these recipes for popcorn toppings from Spark People, all for less than 150 calories, too!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals

  Achieving the goals you set can be hard. Put your failures behind you and set yourself on the path to success with these 7 steps for reaching your goals. 7 Steps to Reaching Your Goals ~ Tipsaholic.com #goals #resolutions #achievement

 

achieve goals

Making goals is easy, but reaching them is tough, and all the planning in the world won’t make a difference until you take the first step. These seven steps are sure to put you on the path to success, even if you’ve had trouble reaching your goals in the past. Start today and these guidelines will help you keep your motivation up and your eyes on the prize.

 

Make goals you actually want to reach

You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you aren’t excited about your goal. Make sure it’s something you really want and you’re really ready for, and that you know what you’re going to have to do to reach it. Make sure to not make so many goals that you can’t spare the time each goal requires.

 

Start small

Try not to put your focus on the “ultimate” version of your goal. If you want to start exercising, don’t try to go from no exercise to an hour of exercise each day, or you’ll quickly lose your motivation. Start so small that you can’t possibly find a reason to say “no.” Choose a simple exercise and plan to do it for just five minutes. You can start working up once it becomes a daily habit.

 

Take it one step at a time

Don’t try to tackle every aspect of your goal at once. If you make a goal to eat healthy, don’t immediately eliminate everything unhealthy – you’re sure to feel deprived, which is likely to lead to strong cravings, which are likely to lead to binges. Start by removing one type of food and then another in a month or so when you’ve had time to adjust.

 

Make a schedule

You’ll need to make a schedule if your goal requires time outside of your normal daily activities, or it just won’t happen. Sit down and figure out where in your day you can fit a few minutes to work on your goal. Before bed? After work? Could you get up a little earlier? Pencil it in and don’t let other things take priority over it.

 

Carry some kind of reminder

Sometimes you might just need a little reminder to keep you focused on your goal. Buy a special bracelet, leave a post it note on your mirror, add a sticker to the corner of your phone, or even just put a rubberband around your wrist – anything that you can use to represent your efforts and become a visual support whenever you find yourself slipping.

 

Make it fun

No matter the goal, you’re not likely to continue if you’re not having fun along the way. If your goal is to learn to cook, don’t just read books about it or watch cooking shows all day. Get up and try it. Make your own tutorial. Teach someone else the process. Take pictures of your progress. Celebrate your successes with little rewards. Whatever it takes to keep you interested!

 

Keep track of your progress and reward your wins

You won’t know how close you are to your goal unless you keep track of your progress. Use a journal, a chart on the wall, a document on your computer, or an app on your phone as visual reminders of your success. If you’ve broken your goal into smaller parts as suggested above, reward yourself when you reach each of them! Get that scarf you’ve been dying to buy when you lose five pounds or have a girls’ night out when you finish your first 10-mile bike ride. These things will keep you motivated and working towards your larger goals until, at long last, you reach them.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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16 Tips to do Fitness as a Family

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Fitness as a family is a great way to spend time together and get in some exercise. Here are sixteen tips to get everyone up and moving.

Find indoor activities for those cold or rainy days

  • Roller skate or ice skate at the local indoor rink
  • Turn up the music and dance around the living room
  • Create an obstacle course with chairs from the kitchen and couch cushions from the living room. Use the cooking timer to see who completes the course the fastest.
  • Call out animal names and have the family members act them out. Cat crawling, crab walking and Bird wing-flapping gets everyone moving.

Get moving outside

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
  • Make a list of things you might see outside, and as you walk through the local park, have the kids check them off.
  • Plan a day trip to a nearby recreation area or state park where the family can hike on a trail or take a canoe trip.
  • Find a pick-your-own vegetable farm or orchard. Your family will burn some calories and get healthy food to take home.

Change it up

  • Participating in a new sport that no one else has tried before. Volleyball or badminton, anyone?
  • Go old school by teaching the kids hopscotch, red light/green light or kick the can
  • Get out the jump rope and have each family member take turns turning the rope or jumping in the middle. Learn a few skipping rope songs to add to the fun.
  • Next leisurely pool day, challenge the kids to a freestyle swimming race across the pool.

Make Exercise fun

  • Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. As you lower yourself down into a pushup, stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn from the bowl. Rise back up, and then repeat the push up for more popcorn treats.
  • Play freeze tag. When someone is “frozen”, they jog in place.
  • Have one family member blow bubbles, everyone else does jumping jacks and tries to “catch” the bubbles as they clap their hands above their head.
  • Join a community fun run or walk. An added benefit is your family will be raising money for a good cause while getting fit.

 

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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

 

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6 Fun & Challenging Treadmill Workouts

Running on the treadmill day after day can get very boring FAST. Make your time on the treadmill fun and challenging with these 6 treadmill workouts! 6 Fun & Challenging Treadmill Workouts via Tipsaholic.com #workout #running #gym #treadmill #run #fitness


6 Fun & Challenging Treadmill Workouts
The treadmill is a very useful workout equipment. No matter what weather it is outside, you can still hit the treadmill and get in a great workout. However, just running on the treadmill day after day can get very boring FAST. Make your time on the treadmill fun and challenging with these 6 treadmill workouts!

 

20-Minute Calorie-Burning Treadmill Workout

This treadmill workout is short at only 20 minutes, but its still challenging! You’ll change the speed every two minutes and change the incline for even more calorie-burning.

 

TV Workout

Do you like to watch TV while you run on the treadmill? Try using whatever show you’re watching to make your workout more challenging and fun! You could run hard during the show and take walking breaks during commercials. Or you could make changes to the incline depending on what you’re watching.

 

30 Minute, 3 Mile Treadmill Workout

Want to run for three miles on the treadmill? Try this interval treadmill workout that will push you to complete your 3-mile run in only 30 minutes. If it’s too fast for you, adjust as needed but work towards 30 minutes as your goal.

 

500 Calorie Burning Treadmill Workout

Burn 500 calories in one treadmill workout! You’ll adjust your incline and your speed at four different levels in ten minutes and do that for 5 cycles for a workout that will leave you sweaty but feeling great.

 

Descending Ladder Sprints Workout

This is an advanced treadmill workout that will have you feeling like you’re climbing hills! Turn up your incline way high and go as fast as you can for a few hundred meters before taking a couple of minutes of light intensity walking (or jogging, if you can handle that). You’ll also have a few minutes of rest between rounds, which you’ll definitely need! (Note: The link takes you to three different treadmill workouts; the descending ladder springs workout is the last of the three.)

 

Agility Training Treadmill Workout

You can do much more on a treadmill than just run or walk. This agility training treadmill workout includes high knees, butt kicks, lunges, walking side squats, and even backward jogging! (Note: the link takes you to several different treadmill workouts; scroll down to find the agility training treadmill workout listed at #3.)

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Walking or Running: Which Exercise Should You Do?

Should you walk or run? Here are some questions to ask to help you decide on whether to include walking or running in your exercise routine. Walking or Running: Which Exercise Should You Do? via @tipsaholic #running #walking #fitness #workout #health


Walking or Running
Should you walk or run as a part of your exercise regime? As long as you move your body, any exercise you choose to do is probably going to be good for you. However, there are some real differences between walking and running and some pros and cons for each. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide whether to include walking or running in your exercise plan for the new year.

 

Do you want to lose weight?

If your primary goal is to lose weight, you’ll probably benefit more from running than walking.

  • Running burns far more calories than running. You’ll burn around 800 calories per hour while running, while an hour of walking will burn off 300 calories.
  • A recent study showed that you’ll probably eat less after running than you would after walking, due to higher peptide YY levels in your blood when you run, which suppresses appetite.
  • You’ll get faster results with running than walking. Fast weight loss results will boost your motivation, which will help you stick to your weight loss goals and have more chance at success.

 

Do you want to avoid injuries?

If you’re concerned about injuries and wear on your body, walking might be a better option for you. Have a bum knee or a bad ankle? Stick to walking for now.

  • Running can lead to injuries, such as shin splints, runner’s knees, muscle strains, and more.
  • Running is a high-impact exercise, which puts more stress on your joints and other parts of your body.
  • To increase your intensity while walking, try wearing ankle weights or carrying light dumbbells.
  • If you still want to run, you can reduce your risk for injuries by running on grass or earth and wearing good quality running shoes.

 

Do you want to have a healthy heart?

Both walking and running will help your heart be more healthy, but walking gives your hearth more benefits.

  • Runners who ran at least an hour a day reduced their risk of heart disease by around 4.5%, while walkers who used the same amount of energy reduced their heart disease risk by more than 9%.
  • Both running and walking will give you other health benefits, as well. When you run or walk on a regular basis, you’ll reduce your risk for hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and more. A recent study showed that runners and walkers had lower risks of developing age-related cataracts, for example.

Whether you decide to run or walk as a part of your exercise regimen, you’ll see health benefits. Running, walking, and any other cardiovascular activity will help whittle down your waistline, reduce your appetite, and help you reach a healthier lifestyle.

 

SOURCES:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/is-it-better-to-walk-or-run/?_r=0

http://greatist.com/fitness/walking-good-workout-running

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Places to Shop for Affordable Activewear

If you've made a resolution to get in shape or just need to revamp your athletic wardrobe, here are five places to shop for affordable activewear. - Tipsaholic.com #activewear #workout #fitness #clothing #clothes #healthandweightloss


5 Places to Shop for Affordable Activewear
Finding comfortable, attractive and affordable workout apparel can sometimes be as much of a challenge as getting to the gym. Plus, don’t you feel more motivated if you know you have a cute outfit to wear? I know I always do. If you’ve made a resolution to get in shape this year or just need to revamp your athletic wardrobe, here are five awesome place to shop for affordable activewear.

1. Forever 21

When you think about where to buy activewear, Forever 21 is probably not the first store that comes to mind. Surprisingly, this trendy retailer has some awesome, quality workout apparel this season. Run circles around your friends in this eat dust muscle tank and sunburst printed athletic leggings for less than $35 total. Use the promo code GETFIT to get free shipping on all online activewear purchases made thru January 31st.

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2. Target

Target is already a go-to place for amazingly affordable and stylish home decor, why not make it your go-to store for workout wear as well? Home to the C9 by Champion brand, you can choose from a variety of shorts, pants, tops, sports bras, and even athletic shoes all typically priced between $10 and $35. This figure flattering fit and flare tank is a mere $22.99 and is currently on sale, as are these functional woven running shorts with built-in compression shorts that are between $11.38-$18.99 depending on your color choice.

Target

3. Fabletics

Fabletics is celebrity Kate Hudson’s recent venture into the athletic apparel world. Complete outfits start at just $49.95 and come in a variety of colors and on-trend silhouettes. Become a VIP member and you get your first full workout outfit for only $25, plus exclusive discounts and offers each month. I’ve got my eye on this outfit comprised of the switch back tee and sydney capri.

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4. Old Navy

With sizes ranging from XS to 4X, Old Navy active wear caters to women of all shapes. You can typically receive 25-40% off on top of their already reasonable prices. This clever graphic workout tank is available in women’s and women’s plus and is only $10! To get through the next few chilly months, get one of these cute half-zip pullovers, which are on sale for $19 and available in eight different colors. For women with larger busts, it can be difficult to find a supportive sports bra that doesn’t cost less than $50-75. However, I’m a big fan of the Old Navy active sports bra and its affordable price tag at only $17.

Old Navy Activewear

 

5. Nordstrom Rack

Looking for name brand activewear without the name brand prices? Nordstrom Rack carries designer and name brand workout apparel at half the price you’ll pay at a regular department store. You can purchase pieces in-store or online. This classic Adidas colorblock tee is 63% off and costs only $14.97. If you’re in the market for new athletic shoes, you can’t beat Nordstrom Rack’s selection or prices.

Norstrom Rack

 

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending the last few years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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6 Fun, Non-Running Exercises

Not a runner? No problem! Here are 6 non-running exercises to help you get moving and stay healthy and fit! 6 Fun Non-Running Exercises - tipsaholic.com, #health, #healthy, #exercise, #non-running #healthandweightloss

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So you’re not a runner.  That doesn’t mean you can’t get a killer workout anyway!  There are a lot of reasons people choose not to run – from health and physical restrictions to asthma or respiratory problems, or because they simply don’t enjoy it.  Non-running exercises can help you stay healthy without the high impact, you just need to review options and pick a fitness program that works for you.  Remember to always consult with your health care provider when you start a new workout program.  Here are some great ways to stay fit if you don’t run.

 

1. At Home Cardio Program.  Most at home cardio workouts use a combination of heart-healthy exercises and bodyweight muscle toning exercises (body weight meaning that you use your own body as resistance, instead of purchasing weights, elastics or other gear.)  You can google “at home cardio” and find many options, but the best workouts will offer a variety of skill levels for each different exercise, will change the sets of exercises each day, and will use a combo that works your heart and each set of core muscles.  This cardio/bodyweight program is a great starting point.  Why use a program like this?  Well, the main benefit is that you save a ton of money – no gym membership, no gear to purchase, no extra DVD’s or anything.  It’s something you can easily fit into your schedule, since you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house and the learning curve for each exercise is super low.

 

2. Kayaking.  As you can probably imagine, kayaking can be a challenging and very rewarding workout.  As you kayak, you’re obviously using all of your arms muscles, but you also work on core muscles in your abdomen, back, sides and chest.  The toning kayaking provides your upper body can’t be beat!  It’s great cardiovascular exercise for non-runners, since there’s minimal use of your legs, but it definitely gets your heart pumping.  There’s the added benefit of de-stressing while you’re on a solo paddle downriver.  If you live near water, enjoy water sports and river activities like rafting or canoeing, you should definitely give this a try.  You can find a lot of information about kayaking to lose weight or get fit here.

 

3. Biking.  Biking is a low impact exercise – meaning you’ll save your joints some pain and suffering, but you’ll still get the heart workout you need.  With a decent bike and a comfy seat, long bike rides can provide an awesome routine that can clear your head, get your body fit and help you feel great.  Biking has a lot of perks, like being done mostly outdoors where you get the benefits of sunshine and fresh air, plus it’s fairly easy to do and can be done with friends.  Plus, you can always transfer your biking know-how to cycling at a gym when the weather gets cold.  Here’s a great resource than can help you with some common beginner-type questions – such as what type of bike should I get?  How do I take care of my bike?  What are some good workouts?  You might also want to use map my ride – which can show you trails in your area and help you map a ride based on the length.

 

4. Swimming or Aqua Jogging.  Speaking of low impact, this is about as low impact as you can get.  The water offers a natural resistance which is great for getting your heart rate up.  Of course, you could just get a membership to a pool and swim laps.  But you can also find lots of different swimming or aqua jogging workout programs online.  Here’s one to get you started.  If you love water and swimming, this is your best bet for getting fit.  If you want to become a stronger swimmer, this is a great way to do that, too!  You don’t need any special equipment, just a suit and some appropriate water!

 

5. Dancing!  Not only is dancing super fun, it’s an awesome way to get fit!  Dancing uses your whole body, so you work lots of muscles while you get your heart rate up.  You don’t have to be a pro, or even very good, to reap the benefits of dancing, and it can be done at home.  All you need to do is google dance workouts or look on YouTube for some free routines to start with.  This one is great for beginners because it’s not very long or intense, but works everything you need to!  On the other hand, if you want or are more successful if your exercise includes a social component, there are lots of dance/aerobic classes at local gyms, or you could invite a friend over to dance with you!  Basically, you can make this kind of exercise as formal or informal as you want to – Follow a DVD, join a gym, or just turn up some tunes and go to town!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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