It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
But let me ask you a few questions - does this time of the year fill you with joy and excitement or does this time of year fill you with an overwhelming sense of dread due to the additional stress? Is this additional stress caused by what seems like an endless to do list? If you’re anything like me, you’re already struggling to get everything done during an average week (without the addition of any major events or holidays). Every year, November and December seem to bring on the added pressure of creating the perfect holiday season filled with your family’s favorite traditions and decorations, shopping for and giving the perfect gifts, and preparing to host parties and their guests, traveling to be with loved ones, or just baking those well sought-after holiday treats. It’s a whirlwind month and a half and often you’ll find yourself hustling and bustling about until BOOM! It’s the New Year! You then look back and realize you didn’t have a moment to stop and enjoy the holidays you practically killed yourself to make so perfect. So how do you make it through the holidays with your sanity intact and avoid the New Year’s trip to the asylum? Well I’ve got great news! I’ve got 8 tips to help you survive this year and ensure that you have your best holiday season yet!
Best Fitness Apps
Smart phones have made our lives so much easier! With the click of a button or a voice cue you can pull up information, your calendar, email, social media, games, and more.
Technology is AWESOME!
Regardless of what your needs are, chances are there's an app for that!
Now you can use that amazing technology to help you with your health and fitness goals! There are so many apps that can help keep you on track; food diary's, run/walk/bike/hike trackers, fitness DJ's, yoga and meditation, and more!
Check out the list below for some of the top ranked health and fitness apps, along with some of my favorites!
5 Tips For Portion Control
If you're trying to cut back on your caloric intake to facilitate fat loss, or maintain an intuitive healthy diet it can be challenging at times to control the amount you are eating. With the hectic pace of life, physical and emotional stress, super sized portions, social events and parties every where you look, it can be tough to maintain a controlled and healthy diet.
Here are a couple of tips that can give you the upper hand!
Do you even lift?
You do? High five! This blog post probably isn't for you.
If you don't, it's never too late to start! I'm serious! I've had clients who started strength training in their 60's and 70's!
The benefits of adding in as few as three days of
strength training to your fitness routine include:
With all of these benefits why would you NOT lift?
Prepare to Succeed!
When it comes to health and fitness it's so incredibly easy to get off track! Schedules are crazy, tempting food is everywhere, and there are always social gatherings, parties, and family events that seem to fill your weekends! It's the like universe is out to get you!
Guess what?!? You have the control!
You can forgo all the BS excuses. Believe me, I've heard them all! Some people are great at coming up with excuses as to why they can't get to the gym, stick to their goals of a nutritious diet, or go to bed at a reasonable hour . I may or may not have tried a few of these excuses myself. But excuses don't matter! No one cares about your excuses! Excuses don't make you feel better about skipping your workout, eating junk, or staying up until 2 when you know you have to be up for work, or have an especially challenging workout the following day.
Drop the excuses and take action!
Setting Smart Goals
Setting goals and mapping out a plan is crucial for success. If you're like me you have a list as long as your arm of things you want to accomplish. But without focus these goals are nothing but a wish list. Enter the S.M.A.R.T. Goal! By using the S.M.A.R.T. method you are able to set focused goals that best utilizes your time and resources. Using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym can help you fine tune your goal for the best results!
Summer can be a hectic time! Kids are out of school, everyone is traveling, the days are long, the cookouts are plentiful and your schedule is usually out the window! After Labor Day everything seems to settle back into a normal routine… at least that’s the goal! It can be challenging to fall back into healthy habits after such a long, lazy summer. If this is what you’re currently struggling with, then this challenge is for you!!!!
Mini Band Workout
Real Women Are...
Scrolling through your facebook, twitter, or instagram feed you are constantly exposed to images of various women and slogans depicting qualities that “real women” possess.
Real women have curves. Real women have muscles. Real women have tattoos. Real women lift heavy. Real women wear heels. Real women satisfy their men and make them sandwiches, real women BLAH BLAH BLAH, the list goes on for days! These slogans have the ability to both empower and degrade. If you are in fact a woman with tattoos then you feel amazing, strong, and beautiful. If not, are you somehow less? Are you lacking? If you aren’t tattooed and therefore aren’t a “real” woman, then what does that make you?