A Fitness Series: 6 Tips to help you mentally push through your workout

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Exercising is just as much mental as it is physical. We all have days where our bodies and our minds don’t seem to be operating on the same schedule. I really discovered this truth during my marathon running years. It was so surprising to me that I could run 15 miles one day and then struggle to run 4 miles a few days later. I knew what my body was capable of, but I felt far from that level of ability. If you have found the motivation to get your booty up and moving, don’t give in to the mind games and quit your workout. Try using one of these 6 tips to help […]

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A Fitness Series: My Favorite Exercise DVDs

The other night, my husband and boys went to watch that awesomely insane college football championship game with some friends. So, after I got my daughter to bed, I decided to get in a quick workout at home. I will often just put together or follow a circuit to do on my own at home, but sometimes I really just want someone else there to tell me what to do. Exercise DVDs are such a great option for when you can’t leave your house but still want to get some good exercise. Whether you have little ones keeping you home, the weather keeping you home, or you just don’t want to leave home, […]

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A Fitness Series: 12 Days of Christmas Challenge

This cartoon had me laughing out loud! December is always a little tricky because of all the yummy treats and the reduced amount of time to exercise. This December is off to an especially tough start. Last week my husband and I were in a musical nativity for our church and every night we were at rehearsals or performances from 5-9:30 or 10 at night.  As you can imagine, having my evenings that filled made the entire week a bit crazy and of course the first things to go were exercise and good dinners! The experiences and blessings of participating in such an event far out weighed the sacrifices. But with 12 days left till Christmas and […]

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A Fitness Series: A Healthier Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting and family, but that does not need to mean you come away from the weekend feeling more stuffed than the turkey! Here are a few tips to help you have a healthier Thanksgiving holiday. Eat a sensible breakfast– Skipping breakfast is never a good option especially on Thanksgiving Day. You don’t want to come to the dinner table feeling completely ravenous because it increases the likelihood of overeating. In addition, this article from the Mayo Clinic reveals that when you go through long periods of time without food, your body increases it’s insulin response which increases fat storage and weight gain.  Start Thanksgiving Day by eating a breakfast […]

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A Fitness Series: Jump Rope Circuit

I am pretty sure time has accelerated since school began. There is so much going on in our little family and as a consequence, my beloved exercise schedule is feeling the strain. Last week I decided I needed to find some other ways to get in a quick workout so I picked up a jump rope. I don’t believe I have jump roped since, well, I can’t really remember. My husband bought a jump rope a few years ago and I have been meaning to give it a try. Honestly, I wish I hadn’t waited so long! It was actually a fun way to mix up my routine. So I made myself a little circuit and […]

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A Fitness Series: Core Habits

The term “core” has grown increasingly popular in the fitness world over the past few years and for good reason. The more we study the core muscles of the body the more we realize their value. Today I would like to focus on three questions: what is the core, why is it important, and how can I strengthen it? What is the core? Most people hear the word core and think of their abs but really abdominals are just a part of your core. In fact, my physical therapist husband always corrects me when I refer to my abs as my “core.” He is insistent that your glutes and other pelvic stabilizers are just as important when it […]

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A Fitness Series: H.I.I.T. and Progressive Overload

  Before I jump into this post, we must thank you all for reading this blog! We truly appreciate your thoughts and comments and hope that your lives are somehow benefiting from this blog. I have had several requests for some posts on health and exercise so I am starting a new series all about fitness. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I think one of the main reasons I am often asked about fitness is because I got my degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. The other main reason is probably because I have been able to maintain a pretty high degree of fitness for most of my life. Like most […]

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