Want to be Hiking at 50? Here is Some Important Advice to Follow!

This post about hiking at 50 has been sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  All opinions are my own. I decided to start hiking when I was in college and it is by far my favorite way to exercise.  While I spend more time in the gym than I do on the trail, stationary bikes do not bring me the sort of enjoyment that I get from setting off on a hiking trail.  But, hiking definitely gets more challenging the older I get! Keep reading for a few middle aged hiking tips as well as information … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Every day, my to do list gets a little bit longer and my energy levels gets a little bit lower. The school year is in full swing, the holidays are coming and I am not ready.  I decided that in order to stay healthy during the holidays, I need to have a plan.  Winging it isn't going to keep energy levels up and germs at bay. I decided to share my healthy tips for the coming months in case you want to join me in my attempt to stay out of the doctors office this December.  If you are traveling this holiday season, check out my post on how to … [Read more...]

Workout Gift Ideas for Fitness Enthusiasts

The holidays are coming and that means we need to start thinking about the perfect gift for friends and family members.  I try very hard to choose gifts that the recipient will actually use in their everyday life. I have a ton of people in my life that are trying get healthier. With this in mind,  I have started looking for workout gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts that may be well received.   Have a health nut or workout warrior in your life? Get them something to make their workout safer, healthier, and a lot more enjoyable!  And … [Read more...]

Ultimate Period Survival Kit for Women of All Ages

When I was younger, my period was no big deal so a period survival kit wasn't something I really worried about.  I didn't get cramps or headaches or bloating.  I didn't scream at people, cry for no reason or get such an upset stomach I couldn't leave the house.  Fast forward about thirty years and YAY, I am suffering through worse hormonal issues than I ever did as a teen.  Seriously, my periods are not only irregular but they come with such debilitating side effect that I want to crawl in bed and hide for 3 days.  A period survival kit allows … [Read more...]

Summer Foot Care Tips for Beautiful and Healthy Feet

Summer is almost here and with temperatures rising I am looking forward to tank tops and flip flops.  In fact, a lot of the time I don't even bother with the flip flops.  I have a tendency to wander around barefoot...including in the garden which sometimes makes for a few painful moments!  Because my feet get abused quite a bit, I need all the help I can get when it comes to summer foot care tips.  My feet tend to have calluses and when I DO want to go show off in a pair of strappy sandals I want to make sure they are looking their best.  If … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Yoga and Fun Yoga Gift Basket Ideas

Are you looking for a beginners guide to yoga so you can attend your first class with confidence?  I definitely recommend a bit of preparation before tackling your yoga journey. Yoga is an amazing way to improve your flexibility and physical strength while at the same time helping you learn how to relax. The wonderful thing about yoga is that anyone can do it. Whether you are a beginner starting out at step one or a seasoned athlete, yoga can help you feel better. If you'd rather be outside than cooped up in a yoga studio, you can do yoga … [Read more...]

8 Outdoor Workout Ideas To Boost Physical Fitness Levels

I have a gym membership and use it multiple times a week to stay in shape.  However, once the warm weather starts to hit, I start looking for a few outdoor workout ideas to get me into nature while I exercise.  Outdoor workouts are a great way to soak up a few Vitamin D boosting rays of sunlight while you burn some calories. Outdoor exercises without equipment will save you tons of money if you can't afford a gym membership.  Of course, there are a few key pieces of exercise equipment that you may want to invest in and I will include some … [Read more...]

How To Eat Healthier At Breakfast Even If You Are Short On Time!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  When you are a busy mom, it's also the hardest to squeeze in. Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast can get you off to a great start in the morning!  My mornings are frequently filled with things like lost homework, missing sneakers, spilled milk and the occasional vomiting dog.  Great way to wake up in the morning, huh?  I'm sure your reality is about the same as mine  While I would love to eat healthier at breakfast, it isn't always easy. While I always make sure the kids get a healthy … [Read more...]

10 Habits of Happy People That You Need to Adopt This Year

Well, the year is coming to a close and it has been a hectic one.  While I am not exactly depressed, I would not say I am wildly happy right now either.  I have spent too much time focusing on work, bills, and the day to day chores that have to get done.  I'm taking charge next year of my emotional well being and have been reading up on the 10 habits of happy people that I should adopt.  I live a good life and want to live it to it's fullest.  Unfortunately, I am a very high strung, Type A kind of person.  If there is something to worry about, … [Read more...]

Hot Yoga Health Benefits and How to Survive Your First Class!

About a month or so ago, my husband and I started doing hot yoga.  I had read quite a bit about hot yoga health benefits and decided I wanted to give it a try.  Yoga is not necessarily a new fitness activity for me.  It is something I have done off and on for several years, although rather sporadically. This post will share with you not only some of the health benefits of hot yoga but also a few tips on how to survive your first class! If you are new to yoga, check out my beginners guide to yoga before you get started. This post contains … [Read more...]