Top Mother’s Day Gifts to Promote Self-Care

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“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ― Tenneva Jordan Mother’s day is just around the corner. On May 14th we get to celebrate the woman who is always in our corner, cheering us on, making countless sacrifices, thinking of everyone before herself, and loving unconditionally. There is no greater selfless person. Given their selfless nature, at the bottom of a mother’s priorities is self-care. As far back as I can remember I never saw my mom taking time for any sort of  indulgence. I rarely saw her in a workout outfit because there never seemed to be time for exercise. She ate whatever was fast and convenient in between carpools and PTA meetings. And she definitely didn’t make time for a spa day. For mothers, it’s hard to find the time and energy to […]

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Spring Clean Your Health Routine

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My favorite time of the year is here. The snow starts to melt; the possibility of an end to the cold winter months is on the horizon. I get off work and the sun is still shining. Not to mention pushing those thick sweaters to the back of the closet. Everything is a promise of new beginnings and warmer weather. Along with the melting snow and the longer days, spring brings with it the chance to turn over a new leaf. It is the perfect time to evaluate where we are and where we want to be. “An optimist is the human personification of spring.” – Susan J. Bissonette Spring brings change; from darkness to light, from cold to warmth, from grey to bursts of color. It is a time for cleaning, new growth in gardens, and baby animals.  The new life, new beginnings, and bright, colorful new look that […]

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Being Present During Exercise for a Better Workout

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Our brains are overflowing with all the things we need to do from work-related issues, family issues, personal issues, and more. These everyday stressors can affect our workout! Our cluttered minds cause us to shift away from what we are doing. During fitness, this means we work out on autopilot; just going through the motions. We allow every thought that has nothing to do with our present workout to wander in. Not being present during fitness causes us to enjoy that time less. We are just going through the motions and we don’t even allow ourselves to enjoy it.

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Fitness Resolution

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Why Are Many Fitness Related Resolutions Doomed to Fail? We expect instant gratification and instant results from our workouts and fitness regiments. Just as we use Uber to avoid waiting for a cab and Tinder to avoid the long wait to find the perfect soulmate, we don’t want to wait for the results of say, waking up early to get a workout in or changing our already busy lifestyle to incorporate exercise. So, it can be difficult to stick to your resolution if you’re only looking for results in the mirror. Why? Because it can take longer than you think to see changes in your outward appearance. For many the reward does not justify the effort. Hence, many people jump ship before December comes along. Before you are able to say “resolution resolved.” The motivation is just not there anymore.

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