Fitness in Your 20’s

Fitness tends to take on a different life when you are in your 40’s, compared to those in their 20’s. So I am starting a series on fitness across the decades, starting with the 20’s and ending with the 50’s. Ideally, fitness should begin while you are still in your 20’s. When you develop healthy habits early on, you are more likely to continue them into the later years. There are generally two groups of people in their 20’s, those that don’t feel they need to incorporate fitness right now and those that are avid workout buffs. Those who don’t … Continue reading

Top 5 Excuses for Not Exercising and How to Overcome Them

Excuses, excuses…everybody has some. Whenever we face doing something we know we should but don’t really want to, we can come up with all kinds of excuses. And this has never been truer than in the area of fitness. So let’s take a look at the top 5 excuses for not exercising and how to overcome them. The first excuse is, “I don’t have enough time.” I mention this quite often in my blogs but I will say it again…we make time for what we want to make time for. Time is there. It is available. However it is up … Continue reading

Top 10 Cheapest Fitness Equipment

Sometimes people who are ready to engage in or are thinking about fitness believe that they have to spend a lot of money. We tend to think that those who get the most benefit out of a fitness program are those who join a gym. But that isn’t necessarily true. You really can get fit using very cheap equipment. Here we are going to take a look at the top 10 cheapest fitness equipment that will get you on your way to a fit lifestyle. The first cheap fitness equipment is shoes. Why shoes? Well you certainly could spend a … Continue reading

Benefits of Treadmills and Elliptical Exercisers

Going to the gym is not my thing.  And I always crack up whenever I drive past the clubs with the large windows, where you can see people walking on treadmills. For some reason, sweating seems like something that should be done in private.  But maybe that’s just me. At the same time, I’m not the type of person to fork out a lot of money on gym equipment.  Especially if there is the chance I won’t stick to it.  But a few years ago I made a worthwhile investment when I purchased a treadmill. Notice that I didn’t say … Continue reading

Insoles Comfort: Free-Flex

One of the last things we sometimes think about when it comes to exercise is comfort. And out of all the gear you could wear, shoes are the most important. In fact, wearing the right shoe could actually prevent injuries. I love my shoes. But they require inserts in order to bring the most comfort. I have gone through a variety of different insoles to find the right one. Needless to say, I ended up settling for what I had. It wasn’t until I was offered a free pair of insoles that I realized how much I really had been … Continue reading


I love acronyms. They are a great way to remember something or drive home a point. So in this blog I have developed an acronym for the word FITNESS. “F” is for form. This is a specific way of moving when you are exercising. It oftentimes can help prevent injuries (especially when participating in strength training) but it can also maximize the movement of your muscles. This leads to better results. “I” is for ideal. You need to find the ideal exercise regimen and eating plan that benefits you the most. This may take time, some research and trying out … Continue reading

Doing Some Floor Exercises While Watching TV

One of my favorite things to do while I am watching TV is to do some toning exercises. Sometimes on a really packed and tiring day I only have a half hour to get in some exercise. While cardio would be my first option to spend that time, sometimes I am too exhausted. Instead of just sitting in front of the TV, I’ve come up with a small workout routine that focuses on toning. Before beginning a floor workout, it is a good idea to warm-up. I enjoy doing jumping jacks or jogging in place for five minutes. For stomach … Continue reading

Double Strollers, continued

Are you keeping up with my stroller experiences? After our trip to California last year, we found out what the biggest drawback to the Instep Safari twin is: it takes up the entire trunk of our car. It was a puzzle trying to get the luggage and stroller in the back of our Escape. It wasn’t a problem when my parents took us to the airport because the luggage was in the back of Dad’s truck while the girls and were in Mom’s car. I had the same problem after the flat tire at the zoo. It was really hard … Continue reading

Using Rewards as Motivation

Rewards are very motivating. When I used to work as a preschool teacher, I found it to be a great way to gain cooperation. I have used it as a mother and in a variety of other settings. Children aren’t the only ones however, who enjoy rewards. Adults love to be rewarded for hard work as well. A raise, an extra day off or a promotion are great ways of being rewarded in our careers. At home we might find a reward being the one who gets to pick the family movie. There are all different ways that rewards can … Continue reading