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How to Keep Your Family Healthy This Year

Did you set goals for your health this year? What about your family's health? These are my top tips for keeping my family healthy this year!

Did you set goals this year? One of my goals this year revolved around health. But not just my health - the health of my family! This can be a challenge with as busy as we all three tend to be {yes, even our baby girl is a busy and social butterfly!}, so here are some tips I am implementing to help keep us germ free and ready to make this year one of our best years ever!

Washing Our Hands

It seems like common sense, but we’ll be washing our hands multiple times a day {especially when we head home from church, school, the grocery store, restaurants, or playdates}. Our baby girl loves washing her hands {she even has a song that she sings when she washes them} and we make her feel SO grown up when she does. We also make sure and avoid soaps that contain triclosin {it's been linked to some yucky stuff}, sticking to brands like Method* and The Honest Company*.

Limiting Processed Sugars

We try not to keep sugary treats or cookies in the house… instead, our pantry and fridge are loaded up with fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and other whole foods for snacks. On birthdays or holidays, we may make a batch of cookies or have a cupcake {Bliss Cupcakes are our current favorites}, but these really are treats reserved for special occasions.

Filling Up On Nutrients

One of my priorities this winter {and throughout the year} will be making sure that we are counting nutrients rather than calories. I'm working hard to eat as many whole and unprocessed foods as possible. One way that our family makes sure to get plenty of nutrients is by drinking our Shakeology* shakes at least once per day. Everyone in our family loves the shakes, and I can be confident that we are getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, and dense nutrition as part of this meal.

Getting Plenty of Rest

I read an article not too long ago that said being deprived of just one or two hours of sleep over the course of a week can leave you feeling as if you haven’t slept at all! I don’t know about you, but I need my eight hours a night. It helps me be a better mom, a better wife, and a better friend! One of my action items for this year is to make sure that we stick with a reasonable bedtime so that we can be well-rested, refreshed, and ready to start our day!

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@@How we're keeping our family healthy this year! #sweatpink #fitfluential #healthyfamily@@

What are your tips for how to keep your family healthy this year?



Am I Drinking Enough Water?

Am I Drinking Enough Water? What the experts say, and tips for how you can sneak in all of your ounces each day!

“Am I drinking enough water?” My skin is literally flaking off this winter {too much info? #sorry}. Rather than just pile on more of my favorite lotion, I decided to sit back and try and figure out the root cause. Well, it turns out, I'm not!

How much water do I need?

Did you know that experts recommend drinking 1/2 our body weight in water?

If you're like me, I’ve usually had a cup of coffee {or two!} and a breakfast shake before water even crosses my mind for the day. And even then, I tend to fall a few cups short. {Plus all that caffeine actually dehydrates and means I need even MORE water!}

Well, I found some great tips this week to sneak in some more water, and I plan to implement these starting TODAY {so of course, I had to share them with you}!

Top tips for drinking more water!

• Keep a glass of water in plain view, in one of your favorite cups {which for me will be a coffee mug!}. Make sure and take a few sips each time you walk into the kitchen!

• Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up and before every meal. {For me, this also means drinking at least one glass of water before I'm allowed a second cup of coffee for the day!}

• Carry water with you wherever you go {I’m going to start using my shaker cup – it’s BPA free and re-usable!}.

• Eating out? Order water instead of soda or tea. Not only will you be more hydrated, you’ll end up saving a few dollars, too!

• Don’t like the taste of water? Add lemon, lime, cucumber, berries or oranges to help perk up the flavor.

@@Are you drinking enough water? How to sneak more into your day! #fitfluential@@

What tips do you have for staying hydrated? How do you make sure you’re getting your “8 glasses a day”? And when was the last time you asked yourself, "Am I drinking enough water?"



Workout Wednesday 60 Second Total Body Circuit

This 60-second total body circuit may not look tough, but try this full body shred a few times, and I promise you'll be feeling it!!

This 60-second circuit may not look tough, but try this full body shred a few times, and I promise you'll be feeling it!! For a 20-minute shred, try three rounds. Perform each move for 60 seconds, taking minimal rest between moves. Rest one minute between rounds.

For a 20-minute shred, try three rounds. Perform each move for 60 seconds, taking minimal rest between moves. Rest one minute between rounds.

● Skaters {modify by slowing down, only go as deeply as you can}

● Hammer Curls {modify with less weight}

● Jump Squats {modify with regular squats, only going as deeply as you can}

● Plank {modify on knees}

● Alternating Jumping Lunges {modify with regular lunges, only going as deeply as you can}

● Pushups {modify on knees or against a wall}

● Rest

What is your workout of choice? Have you tried a total body circuit that you love? What are you doing to get in your workout today?

@@For a 20-minute shred, try this 60-second total body circuit #workoutwednesday #fitfluential #sweatpink@@

This post is linked up with The Fit Foodie Mama for Wild Workout Wednesday



Five Fun At-Home Workouts For Cold Weather

Five Fun At-Home Workouts For Cold Weather - If you're braving the cold to get in your workouts, you can relax! Try these fun ideas, great for the kiddos too!

Brrr rabbits! {Does anyone know where this saying came from? Or is it just something my family says?} Seriously, though - it's been absolutely FREEZING this week, and we're supposed to be down in the single digit temperatures soon. I don't know about you, but this southern girl is bundling up and staying put!! In all honesty - these glacial temperatures make it tough to get a good workout in... so here's a few at-home workouts for cold weather {and even one outdoor workout for those who are brave}!

#1: Speed House Cleaning

The holidays are here {can you believe it's only three weeks until Christmas?!} and the festivities have begun... why wait for spring to start cleaning? Have a garage that hasn't been cleaned out in a few years {or maybe ever}? Or an attic that needs rearranging? Grab some healthy snacks, put on some Christmas music or Elf, and get to cleaning. Make it a family affair. Set a timer and see who can clean up their part of the room the quickest. {We actually try to do this every single day before daddy gets home from work!}

#2: Do the 100 Push-Up/Squat/Lunge/Crunch Challenge

There's something about the number one hundred that's inherently appealing, isn’t there?! Especially when it comes to a challenge. Not quite ready to do 100 today? Break them up into smaller sets. Or try to build up to 100 pushups (or squats or lunges or crunches) a day over the next six weeks! When summer comes, you’ll be glad you didn't wait!

#3: Get Old-School

Throw the Twister mat on the floor, have a good old-fashioned pillow fight, or invite a few friends over and circle up for a few rounds of Duck-Duck-Goose or "I've Never". Better yet, have a dance party! Throw on some Mariah Carey Christmas tunes and burn some extra calories as you twist and stretch! [Tweet "Twister and Christmas tunes for at-home workouts? Yes, please!!"]

#4: Thrown in your favorite workout DVD

Of course, you knew I'd say this! I have had so much fun working out at home with programs like PiYo and the 21 Day Fix. And yes, while I love my partnership with Beachbody and am so honored to have been able to help and serve so many people through my online bootcamps, I am mostly thankful to have something I can do from the comfort of my living room, especially when the temperatures outside are lower than my age!!

#5: And for those of you crazy enough to venture outside... Have You Ever Played Red-Light Green-Light? Try it in the Snow!

Grab a few friends, bundle up, and get racing! In this game, one person is the stop light. Everyone else forms a line about 20 feet away from the stop light. The stop light faces away from the line and says “green light’. At this point, you’re allowed to move toward the stoplight. When the stoplight turns around and says “red light” everyone must freeze. If anyone is caught moving, they are out. Whoever reaches the stoplight first becomes the new stoplight and the game continues. Just make sure to bundle up before you begin!!

These are so many fun ways to add exercise to your day during the cold weather. Even though it might be too cold to walk, jog, or bike around town, there are still plenty of at-home workouts {or games that certainly count} to get your heart pumping! Instead of exercising alone, use this winter as an opportunity to get together with friends, have fun with your family, and work out together!!

Tell the truth - how many times have you watched Elf? What's your favorite Christmas song to jam out to? And who wants to meet up at the park this week for a fun-filled game of red-light green-light?



How to Keep Germs at Bay

Kiss cold and flu season goodbye with these tips! You'll be surprised at how easy it is to stay germ-free this winter!

It's that time of year again - cold and flu season!  And we busy mamas don't have time for that! So how can we stay healthy these next few months? Follow these tips from the experts for how to keep germs at bay {and check out this article from WebMD for even more tips}... 1 - Elbow bump, Fist bump, High five, or Hand shake?

ABC News asked a group of volunteers at the International Food Safety Training Laboratory at the University of Maryland to find out which greeting spread the least amount of germs. To perform the study, Dr. Richard Besser covered his hands with thousands of harmless E. coli bacteria. {The bacteria transfer just like the dangerous kinds of germs that can get people sick.} The results: the handshake turned out to be the worst for spreading germs. Drastically fewer germs were passed on in the fist bump and the high five {the transfer of germs during both of these was similar}. And the safest greeting... the elbow bump! Ha!

2 - Wash YOUR hands!

You may not be able to control what others do, but you CAN control what you do! WebMD asked several doctors what they do to keep from getting sick this time of year. Their answer - wash my hands and use hand sanitizer! One doctor said he probably washes his hands 40-50 times per day! {I bet he uses some pretty amazing hand moisturizer, too!}

@@You may not be able to control what others do, but you CAN control what you do!@@

What to use? Warm water and soap will kill the germs, but be sure you don’t rush. One nurse recommended sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself twice in order to meet the 20-second rule! And always use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the doors in any type of public restroom.

3 - Get plenty of sleep

A 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are three times more likely than those who sleep at least eight hours to catch a common cold after being exposed to a cold-causing virus. I don't know about you, but that's reason enough for me to make sure my evening routine calls for plenty of shut-eye!

4 - EXERCISE for immunity

A 30 minute workout most days not only can do wonders for your physique -- it also might prevent you from getting sick!! One study found that postmenopausal women who exercised for a year had one-third the colds of women who didn’t work out. But what if you're already feeling sick? Make sure and perform the neck check before proceeding!

Bottom line - prevention is key! It all comes down to the basics. Eat right, sleep right, exercise, and wash your hands!

@@Kiss cold and flu season goodbye with these simple tips!@@

What are your best tips for how to keep germs at bay? Do you wash your hands 40-50 times per day? If you do, what type of moisturizer do you use?!

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