Friday Fitness Tip – Swap A Bad Decision For A Good One

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to Swap A Bad Decision With A Good One. We have all been there. We have all made bad decisions. It sucks, and usually we feel guilty afterwards. When it comes to your fitness regime or healthy lifestyle, think about a decision you have made (or maybe haven’t made) and swap it out for a better one.  

We will give you an example.

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Friday Fitness Tip – Find The Best Workout For You

I was walking out of the gym last weekend, and noticed a large group of people running suicide sprints in the basketball court area. Why were they doing this?  I will never know, but I know it was not right for me. It may be super effective, but I would hate every minute of it.

One of the most important things when working out is finding a workout that best fits you and your interests. My husband is someone who has really embraced this in his workout routine. He finds a lot of joy in just shooting the basketball. I’m still not sure how he considers this exercise, but that’s neither here nor there. Anyways, he hits the gym every Tuesday and Thursday morning and starts with a light jog, then does some minor weight lifting, and finishes off the hour with 10-15 min of shooting baskets. While this would not appeal to me in any way, my husband says that the addition of shooting the basketball helps him get up in the morning to get to the gym. It’s something he looks forward to.

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “Find The Best Workout For You.”

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Friday Fitness Tip – Don’t Expect Immediate Results

So let me ask everyone a question, how long before I should be expecting to see some work out results? And by results, I mean a flat stomach, firm biceps/triceps, and a booty you could crack an egg on. When I first began working out, I expected to have the body I desired after a week of commitment. I was so disappointed when I woke up the following Monday and had the same body as the previous week. What do you mean it’s not that simple? Why are my thighs still flabby? This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “Don’t Expect Immediate Results.”

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Friday Fitness Tip – Make Sure It’s Worth It

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Make Sure It’s Worth It.”  Working out can be such a great part of life as moms. After I workout I feel clearer, healthier, and happier. I know in my heart that working out helps me be a better person and a better mom. But even knowing all of those things, leaving my kid and my husband to go workout still gives me such mom guilt.

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Friday Fitness Tip – Take Advantage of Play Time

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Take Advantage Of Play Time.”  Now that it’s getting warmer outside, playtime has shifted from the playroom inside the house, to vast expansion of the backyard. Or even better, the park. We love taking our kids to the park on nice days to let them run around and get out all of their energy.  Seriously, stop running around my house. So how can we make their playtime into a workout? Why should they be the only ones to have fun? Next time you are at the park with your kids try the following exercises:

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Friday Fitness Tip: How Parking Farther Can Allow For That Extra Glass Of Wine

Exercising is tough. Errands are also tough. Circling a parking lot to find the closest spot possible is commonplace. Wait, what?! Why do we all do this? I have actually spent a lengthy amount of time waiting to find a parking spot that is 2 spaces closer. And I preach exercising to my child. This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Park Farther Away On Purpose.”

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Friday Fitness Tip – Display Your Results

Once you see the results, it becomes an addiction.

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Display Your Results.”  You might be thinking, “what are MY results?” Well, results can mean different things to different people. Maybe you want to track how many days/minutes you worked out in a week, how many inches/pounds you lost/gained in a week, how many times you meal prepped this week, etc.  Displaying results can be motivating in itself. If you are ahead in your results, go you! If you are behind in your results, it will hopefully motivate you to work a little harder to achieve your goals, and then you can Celebrate Your Small Wins!

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Friday Fitness Tip – Drink More Water

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to drink more water.  Most of us are guilty of not drinking enough for a variety of reasons. Too busy? Don’t really like the taste of water? Not part of our daily routine? We have all seen the “drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day” guidelines, but how much of this is really true? After doing some research, eight 8 oz glasses a day is a great start, but some people require even more than that. So, how much is enough? Unfortunately, it is a very grey area.

The current recommendation for adults, ages 19 and older, is approximately 131 ounces for men, and 95 ounces for women. This is inclusive of your overall fluid intake per day, which includes food/drinks that contain water (fruits and veggies, for example). Some other considerations for increasing your water intake would be how much you exercise. It is recommended to add 12 – 20 oz of water per hour of physical activity.

We found a chart on healthline.com, which may be helpful when trying to determine how much water you should intake daily.

Here are a few suggestions we came up with to help us all drink more water:

  1. Track it.  This could be either writing it down in a journal, or getting a water bottle and labeling each ounce and hour.
  2. Set a realistic goal.  And stick to it!
  3. Add fresh fruit to your water.  This definitely helps the person who isn’t fond of regular water.
  4. Drink a glass of water before each meal and each snack. This will also help curb your appetite and prevent overeating.

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Friday Fitness Tip – Focus On One Area Of Your Body

That’s right; I got duped into another write-up. But hey, I’m a good sport, right? This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is from a husband’s point of view. Working out is hard, and it can be extremely overwhelming. I know from a personal standpoint, my image of my body could use some work. My arms are too small, my midsection is too flabby, my back isn’t toned enough, and seriously do I even have a chest? I swear I have been doing push-ups a couple of times a week for like 6 months.

So instead of taking on all areas of the body, focus on one area of improvement and stick to it. For me, I have been focusing over the last 3 months on my core. Crunches, sit ups, and most importantly planks. It has helped my image on my stomach as well as my pain in my back. Also, don’t tell your wives, but strengthening your abdominal muscles can help in the bedroom with holding certain positions, and can help you increase your stamina to not wear out too early. Shhhhh.

Anyways, focus on an area of importance and stick to it.  

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Friday Fitness Tip – Buy New Workout Gear

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Buy New Workout Gear.”  This could be anything really – a new top, workout tights, sneakers, headband, water bottle, or a new yoga mat.  Having something new is exciting, and could motivate you to actually use it and workout more often than you normally would!  Have you ever felt great in what you are wearing? New workout gear could be the trick! It could even put a positive spin on your workout, and motivate you to get there quicker. “I can’t wait to go for a run wearing my new sneakers!” instead of thinking, “Ugh! I really shouldn’t have eaten that second piece of cake, I should go for a run later.”

Share some of your pictures in your new gear that motivates YOU!

We love our new pair of Lululemon tights (In Movement ⅞ Tight Everlux 25”), and feel great rocking them! These pants have everything going for them – high-waisted (they suck everything in), breathable & light fabric which dries quickly (we love to sweat!), and they don’t slip or fall down.  They are also a 25” inseam, which is perfect for this short mama! Purchased in black, size up one. Wearing in a size 4 for 5’2 and 120 lbs. Affiliate link below.
Lululemon In Movement 7/8 Tight  Everlux 25″

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