Stock Your Gym Bag With THIS… it Helps!

The following is a sponsored conversation, in partnership with Mom It Forward and Body Armor.  All opinions are my own. Aaahhh… dragging yourself out in the winter cold temps to head to the gym. Anyone else struggle with this? My fitness focus has shifted in recent years, so that it's not so much worrying about weight.  At this point in my life, I workout for my overall health.  It’s a solid investment in yourself! I know this in my head.  But that doesn’t always translate to getting my lazy butt in gear. That being the case, I’m always looking for help an motivation to go get that exercise in!  Am I right, girlfriend?  One thing that I have found really helpful is having a cute gym bag I love... all packed and ready to go. Discover you forgot something you "need"?  Deal breaker. Too groggy to even pack your gear for that early morning workout?  Deal breaker. So take 5 minutes and pack that gym bag, so it’s ready to go! Pack Your Gym Bag Essentials Here’s … [Read more...]

Making Exercise Your Self-Care “Me” Time

Have you heard the latest craze going around the MomiSphere about “Self Care”?  Self care. Huh.  Sounds.... selfish.  And who the heck has time for self care, anyways?  With all the other demands on our time?  Plus all those other things we’re supposed to be doing, which are also important, like getting regular exercise?  And then there's the precious, regenerative yet oh-so-elusive "Me" time. What if we rolled it all into a ball:  Self care, "Me" time, and the need for exercise?  I’ll be honest, I really struggle with fitness motivation these days.  So I've been thinking maybe this is a fresh perspective that can help me. Could this put a more positive spin on getting my rear in gear? Finding Fitness Motivation I’ve always been a reasonably active person, who enjoyed staying in shape.  I do believe keeping yourself fit allows you to enjoy life more.  So when your friends invite you on a long hike, it's totally doable.  When your kids want to go on a bike ride, you've got no … [Read more...]

The Gym: A Real Person’s Guide to Getting There, Part II

Today, Part II - where I share a few more tips (if you missed Part I, the link is at the bottom) that have helped me muster up some momentum to get myself to the gym ... in hopes that they may help motivate you, too! Photo courtesy of Toa55 … [Read more...]

The Gym: A Real Person’s Guide to Getting There

We are the masses of real people. You will likely not find us teaching a Pilates class or bench pressing our own body weight. But if we could find the time, and the motivation - we'd like to stay active and healthy, and be able to reap the benefits that come from being reasonably fit. For myself, I know I feel lower levels of stress and fatigue when I'm able to include some exercise during my week. And when I do get the opportunity to enjoy some fun outdoor sport or activity with my friends and family, such as biking or a good hike - I like to be in good enough shape to keep up and have fun, not just be frustrated with how tired and out of shape I am. … [Read more...]