I recently went through my work calendar and made a whole lot of appointments with myself to move more. I figure that if it is on my work calendar I will be more likely to do it, and it will also prevent someone else from getting on my schedule if I show as booked. I then went the extra step (no pun intended) of recruiting someone at work to do this with me. (I have found that accountability helps me stay on task.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 10, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
As human beings, we are definitely creatures of habit. We find a routine we are comfortable with, one that fits into our daily lives, and we happily stick to it. Oftentimes to the point where we don’t even realize we have fallen into a rut, and have become uninspired and unmotivated. Many people are afraid to try…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on February 1, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments
I was looking through our family photo albums when my son plopped himself into my lap. (Full disclosure: I love that he still does that.) He was about three years old in that particular album and as we looked through the photos and I told him stories, I realized how much time he spent following me around. If I was in the kitchen, he was there. If I went into the laundry room, he was there. If I went on any chore, he was there. I recall…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 30, 2017 at 6:23am — No Comments
Earlier this month I chatted about why I love resistance bands so much! They are cheap, portable and easy to use! Resistance bands are truly…Continue
Added by Shelby Stover on January 23, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I'm back to work and lots of my coworkers have stated that they plan on getting healthier in the New Year. I'm not big on resolutions (I like challenges instead), but I try to remain supportive of their efforts and take walks with them whenever they need a buddy. I think that anything we can do to move more in the day is a good goal.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 11, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments
Resistance bands are crucial for mamas and anyone else who needs to have their workouts be fast and effective. Not only are bands functional…Continue
Added by Shelby Stover on January 9, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Most moms have so little time to get into a regular home exercise program. Not only do they get so busy taking care of the kids, some of the today's moms also work at home, which makes it even harder to get to the gym or join a health club. There are errands to run, shopping to do, housework, soccer practice,…Continue
Something very silly occurred to me the other day, as I was thinking about how I don't make enough time in my day for exercise. My problem is that I have been looking at my schedule for a large block of time, but the truth is I don't need that. I just need 15 minutes.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 9, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments
I have not been running as regularly as I should. Every morning, I flip through the list of excuses of why I shouldn't run today:…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 21, 2016 at 6:50am — No Comments
I took yoga in college, and I loved it. I felt that it was a great way for me to relax my body and my mind in the middle of a hectic workload. I learned how to stretch out my body, how to move for both relaxation and for energy and how to breathe.
It's funny how often I forget about that last…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 18, 2016 at 6:43am — No Comments
You know those bumper stickers, the ones that say “0.0 I DON’T RUN?” That was me until a couple years ago. Despite exercising nearly every day, I never considered myself a runner, nor did I have any desire to be one.
I knew people who were runners, and I thought they were crazy. These were people who yearned to…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on November 17, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
As is true for most people, my relationship with cycling began as a young child. I remember pedaling up and down the block in front of my house nearly every day in the summer. In the second grade, I received my…Continue
When you hear the words summer vacation, what is the one thing that comes to your mind? Water. Whether it’s traveling to the ocean, floating down a…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on November 10, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
I'm not wearing my fitbit anymore.
A few months ago, my fitbit stopped recording my data. I was alarmed and upset as I tapped away at the screen only to stare into an empty, unlit space. After a long period of time on the charger, several internet searches and a pulled apart paperclip, I got it up and…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 16, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments
I have a little secret: I am concerned about my son's future weight. He's not in any danger of being overweight right now, but it is an issue that I try to keep my eye on. Is he getting enough regular exercise? Eating enough healthy food? Growing the way he should? I am concerned about all these things.
Clearly, I read too many parent studies and they weigh on my…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 11, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments
When it comes down to it, I have two choices.
1. I could sit here on this park bench, which is in the sunshine and giving me a much-needed boost of vitamin D. And I could read my book, which I have…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 12, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
Keeping our bodies healthy is an ongoing challenge and every minute it seems that new research reveals another approach to maintaining and improving our health. A few basic facts have managed to stand the test of time, however, and one of these is the impact of exercise on maintaining our bone health.
Growing up as a child in the 80's, "Got milk?" was the…Continue
Added by MamaMadHatter on April 1, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I spent my entire childhood surrounded by impressive young women. I spent long bus rides with them. Laughed with them, ran with them, and cried with them. This week the gym I grew up playing in got torn down. Well, the whole school is getting torn down, but I could really care less about that. I mean, I'm happy the kids of that town are getting a new school. It was falling apart when I was there 10 years ago, definitely necessary. Yet, something about that filthy old gym getting torn down…Continue
Added by Brittany Burbank on March 14, 2016 at 1:25pm — No Comments
I've just woken up my son for school. He looks at me with blurry eyes and his hair is sticking out in every direction. He even still smells like sleep; to me, he is perfection. He yawns and asks me if I ran that morning. I confirm that I did and he immediately taps my fitbit to congratulate me on all my dots.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 14, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments
When I turned thirty, my world shrunk drastically. I took a road trip with my three year old from North Florida to the Appalachian mountains in my 15 year old crappy Toyota van to visit another single mom friend. We never made it to the mountains. Instead, the van’s electrical…Continue
Added by MamaMadHatter on February 26, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments