• Dad Pushing Son on Tricycle
    Family,  Featured,  Fitness,  Outdoors,  Parenting

    5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Be More Active

    As a parent, one of our most demanding tasks is keeping our kids active. In 2015, it’s especially hard. Children, teens, and even babies are raised around technology—from iPhones to tablets to laptops—,and it can be hard to motivate them to grow up like we did when they constantly see our phones in our hands or us working at the computer. Whether it’s riding a bike, going swimming, or playing basketball in the park, we all want our kids to explore the great outdoors and get their energy out among the dirt and the sunshine. It’s especially important to keep your kids active when they are young, as this leads…

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    Fitness,  Health

    What’s Your Gym Persona?

      Once you have been going to the gym for a while, you may find yourself falling into a predictable routine. Whether you find your place in the weight room doing heavy squats or are drawn to the neat rows of cardio machines, discovering your comfort zone is a natural part of working out. Although certainly not inevitable, many gym-goers also come to see a little of themselves and a lot of the people surrounding them as fitting into one of these popular gym archetypes. From the oversized-bag carrying, Zumba-loving gym mom to the hard bodied, mirror-loving Jack the ripped regular, these gym personas are hard to miss. Next time…

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    New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

      First and foremost, Happy New Year to everyone that’s reading this and I hope you had a great 2014 then it can carry over to 2015. Last year was one of the better years I’ve experienced as a husband, father, blogger and a person. While 2014 saw me accomplish many things, I am someone that loves to push forward and do things better. With that said, I’ll name a few things that I want to improve on for the next year and I will update on my progress in April.   Good Health I know that you’re reading this and saying, man everybody says the same thing but by…

  • Family,  Fitness,  Life,  Parenting

    Are You Wanting to Take a Hike: How to Get Started

    There’s no reason not to hit the great outdoors: it’s healthy (both physically and mentally), completely free and rewards you with great sights. It’s all too easy to sit in front of the TV with the kids at the weekend or let odd jobs around the house take up your time, but why not get the family together and head outside? If you want to head further a field than the local park (although that’s a great place to start) then read these few pointers to help you take a step in the right direction.  What to wear Firstly, sort the whole family out with kids’, women’s and men’s hiking…

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    How to Get in a Significant Workout, Even on Busy Days!

    Working out can be hard on busy parents. You may not always have time to make it happen- or so you think. Even on our busiest of days you can still get in a significant workout. All it takes is a bit of planning and a few tips to make it happen! Download an App Right Now There are multiple apps that help you track how many calories you are consuming and they act as a food journal, which many experts agree you should keep because it is one of the best ways to lose weight. You can even use the app to meal plan and make a grocery list.…

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    Easy Ways to Boost Your Protein Intake

    Protein is a necessary part of your diet. Studies have shown that people who consume more protein have a lower percentage of body fat and lose weight easier. Getting five servings of protein daily is the recommendation, but how do you accomplish this? By eating three snacks a day, of course! That and a few other tips can help you increase protein easily. Try out these snacks and tips. Snacks:   Homemade Trail Mix Mixed nuts are an easy way to get in some protein. Mix in nuts like almond, pistachios, and cashews with dried fruit, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and some coconut shavings for a great, sweet treat that packs…

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    4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Right Now

    The best way to lose weight and to have more energy is to boost your metabolism. It’s really that simple… but is boosting your metabolism that easy? It can be with just a few tips and tricks to get you started. Try one of these a week until you are doing all of them to be the healthiest you can be. Flavor Water with Citrus You know you need to drink water, but if you don’t like the flavor, what can you do? Drink flavor mixers have calories, and you don’t want to add calories as you boost your metabolism. So, intake more water and enjoy it by flavoring it…

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    5 Energy Boosting Foods Everyone Should Eat Before Weight Training

      The food you ingest is the most important part of a workout routine you will ever do because it is what provides you with the fuel you need to complete the routines. Choose the correct foods and your body will have enough energy to sustain you throughout the day and through your workout. There are certain foods that can give your energy more than most, though, and you should eat them at least two hours before you do any physical fitness routine because this will allow your body to properly store the energy you will need. Bananas Bananas contain sugar that immediately goes to work in your body to…

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    5 Cardio Exercises Anyone Can Do Safely

    Cardiovascular exercises must be done to keep you healthy, but if you have medical restrictions that keep you from being able to do certain types of exercises you may be wondering what you can do to stay physically fit. If you have a bad back, a medical condition like Fibromyalgia, or arthritis you won’t be able to jog or lift large amounts of weight, but there are exercises you can do that will not only help you lose weight and get in shape, but they will help you build enough strength to be able to do more and more exercises. Walking Walking is one of the best cardio exercises anyone…

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    Why We All Hate Doing Cardio and How To Change Our Mindset

    Exercise is a necessary evil we must do in order to stay in shape, but many people avoid it (specifically cardio) because they absolutely hate it. There’s a reason people hate it, though, and that’s because their bodies aren’t used to it, cardio is not always looked at as a group sport, and it can be boring. There are ways, though, to change your mind and start enjoying cardio (maybe even becoming addicted to it) so that you can reap its benefits. Find a Cardio Workout That You Like Ok, this may seem counterproductive to the first paragraph where it was discussed how people hate cardio, but there are exercises…

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    Fast Facts About the ALL-NEW Fast 5, Free with Nutrisystem My Way Program

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   The New Year is right around the corner and some of you, like myself have goals to get into better shape. I’ve tried everything possible and as you can see, I’m still not where I’d like to be and I’m going hard for 2014. After searching through some of the top programs I’m going with Nutrisystem and the 28-day My Way program and they’re also introducing the all-new Fast 5, which is a one week start-up kit. Nutrisystem is currently offering the all-new Fast 5 FREE with the purchase of…