What to Do When Your Body Feels Out of Whack

Start practicing some of these wellness tips and feel more like yourself when it comes to your health. When your body feels out of whack, start here. What to Do When Your Body Feels Out of Whack ~ Tipsaholic.com #health #dailypractices #wellness

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Sluggish, foggy, fatigued, yucky – these are words we sometimes use to describe our day-to-day health. Often we turn to caffeine or sugar to get us through the day and experience a crash later on. Everyone’s body feels “out of sorts” now and then, but if you feel that your body’s been in a rut and you want to get out, here are some things you can try to get yourself back on track.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of those super-substances your body loves. It does a lot of the leg work when it comes to how we function and getting the right amount can help our bodies get back on track. The easiest way to get Vitamin D is by being exposed to sunlight, as the body naturally produces the vitamin as a result. But if you’re also trying to protect your skin from damage, the sunscreen you’re using is probably blocking D production as well and you may need to try a supplement or consume more vitamin D foods, fortified or natural. Some of the best sources are salmon and fortified milk.

 

Exercise

This is the tip that makes it on every health improvement list, and it’s there for a reason. Exercise is the number one way to start feeling better and improving your overall health. Take things slow and start with a little bit of walking. Don’t overdo it or you’ll be so sore that you won’t want to move the next day! And remember that any movement is better than no movement at all, whether it is lifting weights while you watch TV in the evenings or just getting up and down from your office chair a few more times in a day.

 

B Vitamins

B vitamins might be what you need if you’re looking for a pick-me-up. B vitamins have been known to promote healthy skin and hair, energy, and kick problems like anemia and “brain fog,” and these are just a few of the benefits. Try eating foods high in the B’s (like eggs, beef, dark greens, and yogurt) or taking a B complex supplement if you’re feeling sluggish.

 

Meditation and relaxation

Stress and anxiety can do some crazy things to your mind and body, and it uses up many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Start trying to cut back on the things that stress you out and you are bound to start feeling better. Say “no” more often when it comes to things you really don’t want to do. Say “yes” more often when it comes to treating yourself right and doing things you love. And try spending a few minutes each day in quite thought, or meditation. Meditation can help you learn to quiet your mind and observe more often than you react, which helps to lower your stress overall.

 

Hydrate

Drinking water is the easiest thing you can do, right now, to start feeling better. Water helps “wash” things through your body, including in your digestion, kidneys, bladder, and circulatory system. This means better health, better skin, and more energy. Try filling a pitcher with water and put it in the fridge each morning so you have access to a cold drink all day long, making a goal to get through the whole pitcher. Try adding citrus or flavorings if plain water doesn’t usually appeal to you.

 

Cut sugar

This may sound like the hardest tip on the list, but it may have the greatest payoff. Sugar, specifically sugar that isn’t naturally a part of a food, can really do a number on your body. It’s in so many foods these days that a person really has to make an effort to cut back. Start watching the labels on the foods you eat and stay below 6 grams of sugar per serving as often as possible. The recommended amount of added sugar for the average man is no more than 37.5 grams per day and for a woman, no more than 25 grams. One big way to cut back – eliminate sugary drinks (soda and fruit juice) from your diet.

 

Sleep more

It may seem impossible. You may wonder where you’re going to find the extra minutes. But sleep can do amazing things for your mind and body and it’s got to be a priority! How about putting down your phone 30 minutes earlier tonight? How about watching one less episode of your favorite show on Netflix? How about skipping that last load of laundry or delegating some of the chores to someone else? Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and just knowing that you got that extra little bit of sleep can sometimes help you power through the afternoon doldrums the next day.

 

By using one of these tips, or better yet, combining a few of them, you’re bound to start feeling better. Then maybe you’ll be using words like healthy and energized to describe yourself and you can say goodbye to those sluggish days!

 

 

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 four 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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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


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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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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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How to Make an Exercise Schedule

Don't let your exercise resolutions fall by the wayside! Follow these steps to make an exercise schedule you can stick to! How to Make an Exercise Schedule ~ Tipsaholic.com #health #exercise #exerciseschedule

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You may have a goal to increase your physical fitness this year, but in the commotion of your daily life it can be difficult to get started. Setting a schedule for yourself is a critical step in finding your fitness groove. Follow these guidelines to making a personal exercise schedule to get yourself out the door and on the road to physical health.

 

Pick your calendar

Plan to write your exercise schedule down in a place where you will see it often and be able to refer to it when needed. If you have a big wall calendar or frequently use a planner, write it there. Other options may be to use an app or calendar on your phone or another electronic device.

 

Assess your time

Start by setting aside a few minutes at the start of the week. Add it to your schedule and reserve this time each week for planning your exercise. Then, begin answering the following questions: When is your energy high? What’s your work schedule? When does your spouse get home from work? When do the kids go to sleep? Find a time slot in your day, even if it’s just 20 minutes, in which you can make exercise a priority.

 

Vary your exercises

To optimize your health, a variety of exercises should be part of your schedule. Working with weights should be done 3-5 times per week for muscle building and bone strength. Cardiovascular activities should also be done 3-5 times per week for a healthy heart and lungs. Be sure to include warm up and cool down time in each of your workouts to avoid injury. Allow yourself a day of rest and recovery.

 

Gather ideas from outside sources

You may be wondering what types of exercise other active people are scheduling for themselves and when they work out. Go online or simply ask those you know what exercises they do and for how long. You can even try this “Fitness Plan Generator” over at SparkPeople.

 

Check your community

Most cities have community groups, classes, or activities you can join. Check with local gyms, friends, and dance studios. Yoga, Zumba, pilates, aerobics, dance… There are classes for everyone! Ask other people in your neighborhood if they’d like to start a walking or biking group. Find something that interests you, note the times it is available, and seriously consider making it a part of your schedule.

 

Make slow increases

Once your basic schedule is set you can add small changes each week during your planning session. Use your schedule from the week before as a reference and increase duration, weight, and reps to maximize your efforts and continue to improve your physical fitness.

 

Some other tips

  • Use an app – there are many apps you can use to schedule your workouts, along with learning proper form for different exercises and tracking your food intake! Start with this list of five favorite fitness apps from HuffPost.
  • Try short rounds of exercise – if you really can’t find a spare 30 minutes in your day, you can try doing multiple smaller workouts spaced throughout the day to add up to a full session.
  • Be flexible – don’t get discouraged if your schedule doesn’t work out on occasion. Inevitably, things will come up and your exercise will get sidelined. Try to squeeze a little in at another time or plan to exercise a little longer the next day.

 

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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10 Best Free Fitness Apps

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Whether exercising and losing weight is one of your new years resolutions or you want to switch up your regular workout routine, downloading a fitness app on your mobile device is a great way to create and maintain healthier habits. However, with so many fitness apps on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you and your lifestyle. Good news–we’ve done the homework for you! Here are 10 of the best fitness apps for your Android or iPhone that won’t cost you a penny.

1. MyFitnessPal (Android, iOS)

MyFitnessPal has been the #1 Health and Fitness app for four years straight and featured by numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Today Show, and NBC. With the largest food database of any app, it’s easy to count calories and set weight loss goals by using the app daily. You can import recipes and scan food barcodes to instantly add the information to your food diary. Plus, MyFitnessPal is compatible with over 50 other fitness devices and apps.

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2. Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout (Android, iOS)

Featured on Good Morning America and in The New York Times, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout app boasts 36 different exercises with 1,000+ workout combinations. You can customize your workout with 2o different intensity levels and the only equipment you need is a chair, wall, and some floor space. Great for all fitness levels, the app’s clean interface makes it easy to navigate. Plus, you can listen and control your entire iTunes library directly from the app to make sure you’ve got the right song playing to get you pumped!

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3. C25K (Android, iOS)

C25K by Zen Labs will take you from the couch to running a 5K in only 8 weeks. Complete three, 30-minute workouts a week and you’ll be ready to participate in your local 5K race. Each week your workouts increase in intensity to build your stamina. You don’t have to be a runner to use this app and reach your fitness goals. Bonus, this is the only 5K app to partner with MyFitnessPal for completely seamless integration.

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4. Challenges by Nexercise (Android, iOS)

Do you have trouble finding the motivation to exercise? The Challenges by Nexercise app makes exercise more of an interactive game than a dreaded chore. Use the app to log your physical activity while competing with your family and friends to earn points and redeem them for real prizes like gift cards. The app has a full list of calorie-burning activities you can track, including things like playing with your kids, doing a yoga routine, and hiking. CBS talk show “The Doctors” named Challenges the best fitness tracker for weight loss.

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5. Moves (Android, iOS)

Moves is a great option for people who aren’t ready to pay out $100 or more for an expensive activity tracker but are looking to keep a diary of their daily activity. Carry your phone in your pocket or bag and it will detect if you’re walking, running, riding in a car or even taking public transit. At the end of the day, see how many calories you’ve burned and steps you’ve taken. Since this app uses GPS to detect and record your motion, it can quickly drain your battery so it’s best for iPhone 5s users.

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6. GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer (iOS)

With more than 1 million downloads, the GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer app is like having a personal trainer in your pocket. Video and audio coach you as you complete your reps and perfect your form. Plan your weekly workout sessions with a built in calendar. The app itself allows you to build personalized workout programs from over 1,300+ exercises; however, you can also purchase specialized workout packs ranging from corewheels to prenatal Pilates for only $2.99 each. Right now the app is only available for iPhone users but an Android version should be released soon.

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7. Fitocracy (Android, iOS)

If you’re social and looking for a fitness-minded community to keep you motivated, Fitocracy is the app for you. Join fitness teams led by expert trainers for workout guidance and coaching. Find inspiration by following fellow Fitocrats and access workout routines you can complete at home or in the gym. Earn points as you track your exercise routine and experience a gaming-like environment by unlocking achievements and tackling quests.

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8. FitBit (Android, iOS)

You don’t need an actual FitBit to benefit from using the FitBit app. Use the app to do things like log your calories, map your walk or run, and keep track of your weight loss as you work towards a healthier lifestyle. View your progress with easy-to-read charts and graphs and connect with fellow users for a healthy dose of encouragement and competition.

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9. Lose It! (Android, iOS)

Similar to My Fitness Pal, the Lose It! app helps you count calories and log exercise to help you reach your weight loss goals. Compatible with a number of motion tracking devices and apps, including Fitbit and Nike+ Fuel Band, you can even download the app on your Nook or Kindle. This tried and true app has been around for several years and has an extensive community of motivated users.

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10. Jefit Workout Tracker (Android, iOS)

Do you enjoy lifting weights but have trouble keeping a record of your workouts? Toss our your paper notebook or planner and download the Jefit Workout Tracker app. This app help you keep track of your sets and reps. Use the app’s calendar to schedule your workouts in advance and plan for needed rest days. Although this app lacks a lot bells and whistles, its simple interface is easy to use and definitely beats using a paper notebook.

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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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How To Exercise With Kids

Want to encourage fitness with your kids? Here are several exercises you can do with your little ones that will keep them engaged and wanting more! How to Exercise With Kids - Tipsaholic, #health, #kidshealth, #exercise, #kidsfitness, #kidsexercise

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Looking for some ways to help your kids get more fit?  It doesn’t have to be difficult!  There are many different workouts you can try with your kids – and if you do them right they’ll feel more like playing than exercising!  Ready to get moving with your little ones?  Read below for our recommendations on different types of cardio/aerobic exercise and how to engage your kids!

 

Interactive Video Games – While video games certainly aren’t a substitute for the real deal, they can be extremely helpful in cold winter months, or long rainy days.  They can also be appealing to all sorts of people, and a great gentle introduction to more vigorous and active “real-world” workouts.

Nickelodeon Fit (for wii) – Kids can engage in over 30 different activities – such as jump roping, river rafting, running and biking – with their favorite Nick Jr. characters.  Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and the Backyardigans and others make appearances.  Parents can program full routines and track progress.

We Cheer (for wii) – Your child can create and customize their own cheerleading character, then engage in competitive cheer routines with friends or learn and practice moves on their own.  It’s addictive and engaging gameplay that kids will love as they dance and move to teen pop sensations.

Outdoor Challenge (for wii) – You can really get your heart pumping with over a dozen fast-paced games that can be played alone or with up to four players.  You can log-jump, kayak, dance, ride mine carts, and much more!  There are multiple levels of play from beginner to advanced so all ages can play appropriately and it’s fun for the whole family!

Brain and Body Connection (for Kinect) – Exercise your body and brain at the same time with this fun game for up to four players.  20 different games challenge players to think fast and act faster as they focus on reflex, math, logic, memory and physical activities.  You can train on your own or compete against your family!

Your Shape Fitness Evolved (for Kinect) – It’s geared more toward teens and older kids, but you can construct a workout tailored to your fitness level and there are over 90 hours worth of different fitness options, making it family-friendly in practice.  There’s boot camp, cardio boxing, jump rope, yoga, running, floor exercises, sports-centered prep, muscle-toning and lots of different types of dancing among many, many other exercising options.  You can track progress, set preferences and record goals.

 

Dancing – Dancing in any version is highly appealing to kids.  They love to move their bodies to music and anything with kinesthetics is a great way to grab their attention.  Dancing with your kids can get their bodies working in a super healthy way.  Their are interactive video games to help, or DVD’s and free YouTube videos.  But the best thing about dancing is that there doesn’t necessarily need to be any routine, rules or choreography to be fun AND healthy!  Just put on some exciting music and get moving!

Just Dance Kids (Wii version) – There are over 30 songs and dances led by real kids for a fun and entertaining dance workout!  The lyrics appear on the screen so kids can sing along as they dance.  They learn specific moves to the songs and can create their own playlists for continuous activity.  Kids can dance alone or with up to 3 friends with cooperative play.  There are also a number of different versions of this game that include Disney songs, and different years and genres of music.   This is also available for the Kinect.

Dance On Broadway (Wii version) – This is an awesome family-friendly game that incorporates singing and dancing.  You learn choreography and sing along to your favorite broadway tunes.  With up to 4 players, you can challenge each other to see who’s the top performer!  There are tons of musicals included, with a ton of different songs that will appeal to all ages.  It’s a workout in disguise! This is also available for Playstation 3.

Dance X (DVD) – This fun and easy dance video will give little ones a workout without them even realizing it!  They are guided through 25 minutes of fun cardio centered moves while watching a trainer and five kids of different ages and skill levels energetically perform.  Kids will automatically fall into a skill level represented by one of the 5 performers.  They use music kids will love, including Hand Jive, Disco Rolls and the Monkey.

Fit Kids Club (DVD) – You get two different move and groove type workouts on this DVD – Groove It Out and Cool Moves.  They’re designed specifically for kids and the movements are simple and easily duplicated while remaining full of fun.  Kids will love learning how to dance, plus they’ll get the added bonus of healthy, kid-friendly snack ideas and a wall poster where they can track their workouts.

“Forget You” – CeeLo (YouTube, Kids Dance Workout Video with Benjamin Allen) – This is a fun choreographed workout to the popular song “Forget You.” It’s a simple choreography geared to kids that they can pick up easily.  Plus, it’s a free YouTube video!

I’m A Gummy Bear Song – (YouTube Vid of Just Dance 2) – Several favorite Just Dance 2 segments are free on YouTube videos, which is just the case with this Gummy Bear Song.  Kids love the catchy tune and the fun and simple dance moves that will help them get up off the couch.  Enjoy Just Dance flavor for free, without keeping score.

Circle Jump Dance Game (YouTube) – This video tutorial teaches you how to play the Circle Jump Dance Game with your kids and their friends.  The game has very few rules and allows every child the chance to be the leader – making up fun moves and routines for everyone else to follow.  While kids think they’re just playing a fun game with friends, they’ll be getting some much needed cardio!

 

Zumba – Zumba is an action-packed, high-energy, dance-focused cardio workout that kids will absolutely love.  Kids love to move and groove to music and because zumba is dance-based, they’ll love adding tons of great moves to their repertoire.  Additionally, they can learn the basics to several types of international dance styles.  So not only will they learn, grow, have fun, and be silly, they’ll also get their heart racing.

Zumba Kids (wii game) – This game features easy to follow choreography for over 30 routines that your kids will love.  They use music by popular artists like Will Smith and Justin Bieber along with some classic, high-energy tunes like “Wipeout”.  The routines offer a number of different international dance styles – Cumbia, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Merengue, Swing, Surf, Disco, Ballet, Tahitian and many more.  You can do it alone or up to 3 friends.  Also available for Kinect – for one or two players.

Move N’ Groove Kids – Two easy to understand and motivating ladies lead kids on a fun adventure to learn dance moves, exercise and have fun all at the same time.  Kids will love the energy in the video and won’t be able to resist following along to the simple but engaging exercises.  The DVD mimics a classroom setting, helping your children feel like part of the onscreen action while teaching them about small group dynamics as well.

Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. (CD) – If you’d prefer to teach your children your own zumba moves and routines, use this CD with 9 awesome songs to help you get your groove on!

Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba for Kids (YouTube) – You can join the Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba Team as they bust out some fun and simple moves.  Kids will like being guided by those of similar ages and will be engaged by the upbeat music.

Zumba Monkey Song (YouTube) – Kids of all ages will be able to groove along to this group of kids doing The Monkey Song.  It’s silly and fun, and your little ones will laugh while learning the funny moves and listening to the funky beats.

 

Yoga –  While not strictly exercising in a cardio-type way, yoga helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.  There’s also a strong mental component that can encourage thoughtfulness, focus, and groundedness – all important elements for adults and kids alike!

Storyland Yoga (DVD) – This is a fun-filled yoga adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while telling a story.  Kids get to imitate animals while posing and engaging in the storyline.

Yoga for Children book by Lisa Flynn – This book will introduce you to over 200 yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations for kids.  It’s an encouraging, positive book that will get kids excited about their health and mindfulness.

Cosmickids Yoga (YouTube) – Cosmickids is an all-free yoga program that makes yoga fun and exciting for kids.  Their website includes links to their YouTube channel where you can find many episodes of yoga routines suitable for different age levels of kids.  There’s also ideas and advice for parents, a list of free resources and a guide to teaching your kids yoga.

Yoga for Kids (YouTube) – This one episode from Yoga Today is geared specifically to kids.  They’ll love the gentle, fun approach to learning yoga poses.

15 Yoga Poses for Kids – On this website, you can learn 15 basic poses that you can incorporate into a daily routine with your kids.

 

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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8 Resolutions to Reset Your Health This Year

Don't waste your efforts on grueling dieting and exercise resolutions, reset yourself this year with one of these 8 simple health resolutions. 8 Resolutions to Reset Your Health This Year ~ Tipsaholic.com #healthyhabits #resolutions #health

 

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 Making resolutions is a self-improvement tradition that often has us filling the first of our year with big goals that wear us out after just a week or two. Take a break from those complicated resolutions and instead try resolving to take up one of these simple daily habits. Add a few more over time and you’ll be on your way to completely resetting your health this year!

 

1. Floss your teeth

Dentists recommend that you floss at least once a day. Why? Because the food you eat (particularly sugary stuff) doesn’t all make it to your stomach. Much of it gets trapped between your teeth and slowly feeds the cavity-causing bacteria that live in your mouth. Brushing isn’t enough to reach those tight spaces, but flossing will keep the tooth decay at bay and a healthy mouth is important for overall wellness. Try a nifty flossing tool if you find plain floss difficult to manage.

 

2. Drink water

Water is one of the major building blocks of your body and drinking it should definitely be at the top of your list when it comes to daily health practices. The current recommendation is to drink around 9 cups of water daily for women, and 13 cups for men, but the amount can vary depending on activity level and climate. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to have quick access to it, and if you find it hard to meet your quota with plain old tap water, try adding fruit (lemon slices are perfect!) or a sugar free flavoring like MiO.

 

3. Take a walk

The word “exercise” can be hard to swallow – so don’t use it. Find some physical activity, however small it may be, and start doing it. If you can’t think of anything you enjoy, walking a little each day is something practically anyone can do, and it can be really enjoyable if you walk in a favorite location or at a favorite time of the day. Anything you can do, no matter how small, is better than nothing.

 

4. Use sunscreen

In an age of tanning beds and beach-going, wearing sunscreen isn’t the most popular of health resolutions, but it’s one of the most important. Being in the sun for more than just 15 short minutes requires sunscreen. SPF 15 or higher applied every couple of hours (more often if you are in water) you are in the sun is the best way to properly protect your skin from sun damage and cancers.

 

5. Use a smaller plate

If you find diets and calorie counting difficult, this may be the solution for you. Eating from a smaller plate helps to control portions without requiring any extra thought. Take things a step further by filling half of that plate with veggies!

 

6. Turn off your screens before bed

The data is pouring in! Staring at our screens at night – whether they are phones, tablets, computers, or anything else – seriously disrupts sleep patterns. This means that because of the “blue light” emitted by our devices we are getting less sleep, the sleep we get is lower quality, and our health is taking a hit. Turn off your screens at least an hour (preferably two) before bed. Your tired brain and eyes will thank you!

 

7. Schedule a check-up with your doctor

I know, I know. It’s time consuming. It costs money. Maybe it’s even a little scary for you. But getting basic health checks at least once a year and talking to your doctor, particularly if you have any concerns, is one of the best things for your overall health. Blood pressure, weight, and heart rate can give clues to lots of issues that you may not notice in your day to day life. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment today.

 

8. Say “yes” to you

Health can often be addressed best from the inside out. Your mind is one of your most important assets, and if it becomes unwell, the rest of you is at risk. Don’t forget to take time out from the day-to-day and treat yourself. Take a bubble bath. Go for a bike ride. Hug someone you love. Do something you love. Take care of you.

 

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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15 Songs to add to Your Workout Music

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Whether you’re on a treadmill, taking a walk or just dancing your heart out, the right song can make all the difference in your exercise routine.  Music can help energize and make you want to move, and it can calm you down and help you rest.  If you need some help getting your body in gear, here are 10 songs to add to your workout music.  Simply freshening up your exercise playlist can give you a major boost and help you get up and go!

 

Country

Ready, Set, Roll: Chase Rice, Ignite The Night – 3:10

Leave The Night Up: Sam Hunt, Montevallo – 3:12

Somebody Like You: Keith Urban, Greatest Hits – 5:23

Little Red Wagon: Miranda Lambert, Platinum – 3:24

Ramblin’ Man: Ruthie Collins, Ruthie Collins EP – 3:13

 

Pop

Sledgehammer: Fifth Harmony, Reflection – 3:50

Outside: Calvin Harris, Motion – 3:47

What I Like About You: 5 Seconds of Summer, LIVESOS – 2:31

Geronimo: Sheppard, Geronimo EP – 3:38

Maps: Maroon 5, V – 3:10

 

Indie

American Beauty/American Psycho: Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/American Psycho  3:15

The Reckless and the Brave: All Time Low, Don’t Panic – 3:19

Now: Paramore, Paramore – 4:10

Prove It: Divided By Friday, Prove It EP – 3:24

Shut Up and Dance: Walk the Moon, Talking is Hard -3:19

 

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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5 Stretches You Don’t Want to Ignore

No matter what exercise you engage in, stretching is important for efficiency and decreased injury. Here are some stretches that help with overlooked areas. 5 Stretches You Don't Want to Ignore - Tipsaholic, #stretching, #health, #exercise

 

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It’s easy to overlook one very important aspect of exercise – stretching!  We’ve heard how important stretching is – it can improve flexibility and range of motion, increase efficiency and decrease your risk of injury.  Here are some great stretches to help you focus on commonly missed areas. Even if you do stretch before exercising, these tips can help refresh your routine!

 

1. Lateral Lunge

Begin with your legs in-line with your shoulders.  Keeping one foot planted in this position, move your other leg out to the side while bending the knee.  Push off with this foot and return to a standing position for one rep.  Make sure to do both sides.  This stretch will work your quads, glutes and inner thigh.

 

2. Kneeling Quad Stretch

Start off in a front lunge position and drop the back knee to the ground.  Then reach back with the same side arm and lift your back foot from the floor toward your buttocks, gripping the toes.  Hold this for 30 seconds, then return to a high lunge and switch sides.  It will stretch your hips and the front of your thighs.

 

3. Standing Shin Stretch

Standing with your legs at shoulder width, take one foot and plant your toes firmly on the ground just behind the other foot.  Gently pull your leg forward so you can feel the stretch throughout your shin.  Make sure to do both sides and hold for at least 20-30 seconds.  This will stretch out your calf muscles and can help reduce your risk of shin splints.

 

4. Peroneal Stretch

In other words, stretching your ankle area.  Sit in a firm chair, legs shoulder width apart.  Lift one foot up and rest it over the opposite knee.  With the opposite hand, firmly grasp your foot and gently rotate it clockwise throughout the full range of motion about 20 times.  Then rotate it counterclockwise.  Return your foot to the floor and lift your other foot over the opposite leg.  Repeat the rotations for this ankle as well.  You’ll stretch your ankle muscles, create better ankle flexibility and prevent against sprains.

 

5. Lower Lumbar Rotation

Lie flat on your back with your legs straight out.  Bring one knee up towards your chest and across your body, bringing the inner knee down to touch the floor on the opposite side of your body.  You can use your hands to push the knee and increase the stretch.  You may not be able to touch the floor, but should get as close as you can.  Hold this for 20-30 seconds and bring your leg back to a straight position.  Switch legs. This will stretch your lower back and give you more range of motion at the back and waist.  It can relive tension and pain.

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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5-Minute Workouts — No Gym Required

If you’ve got five minutes – just five – you can build the fitness habit. Five minutes – first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or while the kids play in the living room. Once you’ve got five minutes a day down, you can build from there. Combine some of these workouts or add in a bit of walking or jogging. Before you know it, the fitness habit will have become a natural part of your day – no gym required. Try one of these 5-minute workouts to tone one of your problem areas — today!

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For your back – a great workout for improved strength and posture!

All over toning – start working towards that lean look you’ve always craved with these body-weight exercises.

Yoga for arms – if you’re under the impression that yoga isn’t a real workout, think again. Yoga is one of the best ways to gain balance and strength using little more than your own bodyweight.

For a better booty – your backside will thank you for the extra lift this butt workout will bring.

For abs – start building a solid core with these quickie ab exercises and enjoy the extra confidence you feel when your jeans start to fit a little better!

A do-it-all workout move – if you love simplicity, then this workout is for you. One move, five minutes, and maximum results.

For your legs – we couldn’t forget a workout for those lengthy lower limbs, and this one takes the cake. Get to work on that thigh jiggle with this fast five workout.

 

If you’ve recently (re)committed yourself to getting fit, your motivation has probably taken a few hits. It rises and falls with our moods, our energy, and our ambition. Fitness is a commitment, and since it tends to be one we only make to ourselves, it’s easy to let it slip. Start here. Start small so that saying “no” seems absolutely ridiculous. Start small so that you don’t over-do it and dread the next workout. Start with just five minutes a day.

 

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 www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, 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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8 Fitness DVDs to Try at Home

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Bikini season is coming soon! Get ready for the lazy days of summer spent at the beach or pool by working out in your living room with one (or two!) of these 8 fitness DVDs.

If you love to dance, try these fitness DVDs:

1. Fat Burning Fusion
Love ballet? This fitness DVD combines ballet, Pilates, and calisthenics to give you a workout that feels graceful, but your muscles will ache by the time you finish. Guaranteed.

2. Dancing with the Stars: Dance Body Tone OR Cardio Dance for Weight Loss
Fans of the DWTS show will have lots of fun following along with the routines in this series of fitness DVDs. Learn dance classics such as samba, swing, and salsa without worrying whether you’ll get enough votes!

3. Dance Off the Inches: Latin Cardio Party
This fitness DVD might remind you of Zumba with its latin-inspired exercise moves. The challenging routine will help you sweat off unwanted pounds while still having lots of fun. Moves include those from the samba, cumbia, and reggaeton.

 

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4. 10 Minute Solution: KnockOut Body!
There are five different routines in this fitness DVD. Includes kickboxing, cross-training, upper-body, cardio, and abs. Your heart will race and your body will sweat, but you’ll never get bored.

5. Tony Horton’s P90X3 DVD Workout
This new fitness DVD package includes P90X’s usual tough routines but with a 30 minute timeframe, which is an improvement from its hour-long workouts in the original version. It still comes with a different workout for every day, continually stimulating your muscles and your mind.

 

If you prefer short workouts, these fitness DVDs will do the trick:

6. Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred
You only need 20 minutes and 30 days to complete a full-body workout with this fitness DVD. That translates into 600 minutes per month, or 10 hours. That’s a pittance compared to the hours you’ll spend in a bathing suit this summer!

7. Kettleball Power DVD
The workouts in this fitness DVD are only 17 minutes long, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the workouts are easy. You’ll work out with a kettlebell while doing squats and other tough exercise movements and undergo one-minute cardio intervals throughout the routine. Hard, but effective.

8. Vinyasa Flow Yoga
There are seven different yoga routines in this one DVD and they all are only 20 minutes long. Do one when you don’t have much time to exercise; combine two or three routines when you have more time.

Good luck and I’ll see you at the pool this summer! For more ideas of how to get in shape, try these 7 easy tips to increase your metabolism.

 

“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!