Fit Kids for Summer Series: 10 Exercises from Your Childhood

We are SO excited to welcome our first guest to our Fit Kids for Summer Series. Andie is an amazingly talented blogger and fitness guru, so we are lucky to have her here! Check out these fun ideas to get fit with the kids and stay active this summer!fitkidsHey there Fit Mama Fit Family Readers!!! I’m Andie and I blog @ Maybe I Will I’m so excited to be guest posting today! This is a post I shared on my blog awhile ago but it still one of my favorites! I love getting outside and being with my kids and have a blast! It’s a great way to stay healthy and spend some quality time with your kiddos!

Want more ideas and inspiration??!? Head over to my blog to get healthy recipes, fitness tips and awesome ways to stay healthy and fit!

Do you remember those days as a kid where you played all day, almost to the point of exhaustion? You played and played until your Mom MADE you come inside to eat dinner. Some of my best childhood memories involve just being outside; racing the neighbor kids, riding my bike to the neighborhood pool, and playing tag until we could barely see. Those were the days! Days full of life and fun! Sometimes it is really easy to  get so wrapped up into being “fit” and going the gym and checking off this exercise or logging so many minutes on the treadmill that the fun and joy of moving our bodies is completely stripped away and it becomes a chore. Don’t get me wrong if you want the bod, you gotta do the work!!! It’s that simple! But I propose taking time out to PLAY and make your next workout a fun one!! So I’m bringing childhood fitness back!! (said in my best Justin Timberlake Falsetto) You’ll have fun! But you’ll also get a killer workout! Check out my “MOVES”…. as my son always says. 🙂

1. Army Crawl…Whether your nine months or thirty something the army crawl is a great way to build your core and strengthen arms and legs. Have fun with it and get the kids involved! Boston and I loved “racing”!

2. Bear Walks….Awake that grumpy inner bear and walk it out!
3. Crab Walks… OK these may seem “harmless” but man oh man your arms are gonna feel it tomorrow.
4. Don’t Step On A Crack… Or you’ll break your mamas back! I dare you not to have to fun jumping and balancing on one leg.

 

5. Jump It Out…Get on the tramp and jump!! My kids love it when I get on there with them! Play games! Enjoy it! This is Great Cardio!

6. Jumping Rope…OK so this one might not be that “out there” but instead of channeling your inner boxer, channel your inner child and sing a little rhyme! Grab a longer rope and maybe even try double dutch?!?

 

7. Foot Races…This one probably takes me the most back! I remember sizing up my component and running full out pumping my short legs as fast as they would carry me, then almost collapsing at the end  in a feat of (two times out ten) VICTORY!
8. Step Ups… Am I the only one who did these as a kid?!? I would do these all the time waiting for my bus to come!

 

9. TAG! Freeze tag, cartoon tag, toilet tag, anyway you liked to play… Tag you’re it!!! No Tag Backs!!!

10. Tug O War… I’m sure memories of summer camp and family reunions are flooding back. This awesome little arm workout is super fun!

Well there you have it folks! Take a break from the gym, put the DVDs away for a day and PLAY!!!! What are your favorite childhood exercises?!? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Piña Colada Pops

I have an obsession with most things coconut! Then, add the piña and colada and I’m pretty much in heaven! I found this recipe on Skinny Ms and can’t wait to make these things! This recipe will make 6 Popsicles at 182 calories each. It’s a perfect little summer treat for a hot day! I know that there are lots of variations to these yummy things. What is your favorite way to make a healthy Popsicle?

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Fit Kids for Summer Series: Summer Bucket List

We’re kicking off our Fit Kids for Summer Series with a little planning. Do any of the rest of you find a ton of great ideas toward the end of the school year, and get so excited for kids to get out so you can do all the fun things…only to forget most of them? Me too! I am so excited to be a little more prepared this year. Check it out!

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Does anyone else feel like school flew by? I’m so excited to have my kids home! This can also be a little bit stressful worrying about what we can do so that they are active and I avoid the dreaded words, “Mom, I’m bored!” My boys can get caught up in the video game world if I let them so I am thinking of ways now that I can avoid that this summer. I only have one week left to do this!

I decided I was going to do a “Summer Bucket List.” This is going to be full of ideas that we can do that will keep both their minds and bodies healthy! Have you heard of this? I’m pretty sure I saw it on Pinterest once. It seems like a great way to get a little bit of everything this summer!

Here is what I’ve thought of so far:
1. Summer Reading at the library.
2. Daily run or bike ride
3. Lots of playing in the sprinkler and jumping on the trampoline
4. Science kit experiments
5. Our own field trip
6. Scavenger hunt
7. Swimming
8. Play at the park
9. Sno-cones!
10. Service project

That’s it for now! I would love to hear of ideas that you may have that I can add to our bucket list!!! What is on yours?

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3 Ingredient Pina-Colada Ice Cream {Healthy Family Recipes}

Oh my gosh, you guys. I think I’ve done it now. This recipe is HEAVEN! I know, I know…somewhere, someone has probably already thought of this. But I don’t care. I came up with it all on my own and it is BOMB! 😉

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So, I’m on this self-inflicted challenge to go sweet-free for 3 weeks (minus Sundays, my free day). Today is day 3, and so far I’m rocking it. Not even really craving anything yet, I’m feeling pretty strong. But that’s not likely to last forever, since my family loves to get ice cream after soccer games, have treats for family night, bigger treats for family movie night, etc etc. So, I figured I should have something in my “stash” that would tide me over in the case of extreme need. 

This recipe has seriously rocked my world. I just had it for  breakfast. Yep, breakfast. It’s SO stinking easy, and so delicious you could serve it to company. All it takes is a little planning so you can freeze your pineapple. (Yes, you could buy frozen pineapple, but I have yet to find a bag of frozen pineapple that doesn’t include a whole list of other fruits.) Also, yes, you could omit the coconut cream, because yes, it is fairly high in calorie content. But seriously…why? A bowl of this deliciousness is only 69 calories, so I’m pretty sure I can handle the cream. The flavor it adds is out of this world!

The addition of the coconut milk gives it a more creamy texture. Alternately, you could replace the milk with coconut water and have more of a sorbet.

Wait, what? You don’t want to go to the hassle of toasting coconut just for this little treat? Well, neither did I, but I needed it for the picture, right? So I chucked some coconut (unsweetened is best!) in a bowl in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Perfecto! And I have to tell you, I am so glad I did, because the flavor and texture it added was over the top!

So, you see how I included nutritional info on the recipe? Yeah, I really only meant calories. I’m too lazy to provide the rest. 🙂 

So run to the store for a yummy fresh pineapple…freeze half and munch on the rest while you’re waiting for this delicious, summery, tropical treat! Let me know what you think! I’m thinking I’ll try it next with mango. Or peach. Oooh, or watermelon lime! Mmmm…. 

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Being Opportunity-Minded {Monday Motivation}

Our training as coaches for Beachbody encourages us to do a great deal of personal development. We are actually encouraged to spend time every single day reading in a PD book, to help us to improve ourselves and keep our perspective straight and priorities in order.

In the past, I’ve always viewed this type of book as somewhat…hokey. 🙂 They were always a little too outlandish or different for me (a judgement made without ever cracking the cover). But when I started my training I was committed to being all-in, so I cracked open the first book that was recommended (The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy) and I was hooked. It was such an eye-opener for me and had my head spinning with all the possibilities.

I have since read many more books, and each one brings new ideas to the table. All of them have made me a better person and given me more drive to succeed in all the roles which I hold: wife, mother, neighbor, friend, sister, daughter, coach, business woman, and community member. I have had cause to look at each of these roles and consider what I am doing right and what I can improve on, and the changes are so…refreshing!

One concept that is recurring through many of the books is the idea of remaining positive and optimistic. If you focus on the negative things in life (or even the possibility of negative things), those things are going to multiply and all you’ll have is trouble. If you can instead focus on what is right and good in your life (or the possibility of good things happening), you will attract those good things to you and you cannot fail.

As a result, I have made a commitment to myself. I choose to be opportunity-minded. I will starve problems, not fan the flames. I will feed opportunity and encourage it with my optimism.

How could this concept help in your life? Is there a dream you’ve set to the side with thoughts of it’s impossibility? This is something that can be applied to any aspect of your life, no matter how big or small. I dare you to try it. Put away the negative thoughts and emotions. You choose what is in your head, so push them out and replace them with optimism…and just see what comes of it.

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Be Inspired

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to help at a local marathon. The weather was cool and sunny, the perfect conditions for runners. The energy there was amazing! There was an energy there that was full of determination and strength. Image

I was fortunate enough to be at the very last mile marker. It was the last stop for water and there was also a “temptation table” with pizza, crackers, licorice and swedish fish. As each competitor passed by, I was more and more inspired. These were people from all different walks of life. Young, old, fast, slow, walking, running and hand-cycling, they were all doing their very best. I stood in awe as I saw them pass by, some looking very tired, but they kept going! They didn’t quit! I was happy to cheer them on and shout words of encouragement to them as the raced by. Let’s be there for each other, to cheer one another on, to be the last stop for water when someone is about to quit. Let’s inspire one another to do their best!

Fit Kids for Summer – A New Series!

I am SO excited today to share something we’ve been working on. We’re going to be hosting our very first series! Fit Kids for Summer SeriesThe Fit Kids for Summer series is going to be an awesome resource for all us mamas gearing up for summer! When I was a kid, summer meant weeks and months of sitting on the couch watching television and eating anything I could get my hands on (all thanks to older siblings who were in charge while our parents worked 😛 ). It’s a miracle I was not obese, but it certainly set some habits in motion that have been terribly difficult to reverse. With summer coming, I have a plethora of mixed emotions. I am SO excited to have a break from packing lunches, washing uniforms, plus the days full of dropping off and picking up (which seems to take the whole day, with two in elementary school and one in preschool), not to mention the early mornings and grumpy kids. I’m looking forward to letting my kids relax after working SO hard this year, and going on some great adventures with them. On the other hand..how in the world am I going to be able to entertain all four kids this summer, and still be able to run both my businesses? Yikes. How do I keep them busy and active so the transition back to school in the fall is less painful? I’m getting prepared in advance with lots of ideas to make the transition easier! Our series will take place on Fridays for the next few weeks, so be sure to follow our blog and mark your calendars so you can check back to see what kind of awesome we have for you! We’re super excited to be welcoming several other talented bloggers as guests during our series, so come meet some new friends, get some great new information and ideas, and make sure you are ready to keep your kids fit and healthy this summer! For now, let me share with you an awesome find that I discovered through a friend (thanks, Niki!). Cosmic Yoga for KIDS! How cool is that? It’s a full YouTube channel, dedicated to yoga for kids, and it’s AWESOME! It’s a great way to help your kids stay flexible, and to unwind from the day’s activities so they are relaxed and ready for bed. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Why you should love almonds

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I’ve got a confession. I have a small addiction to almonds. I’ve tried all kinds and have them in my cupboard all the time. They are a perfect little pick me up when I want something sweet or salty!! My husband when on a business trip to California and brought me back almonds, freshly packaged from the Blue Diamond plant! That’s true love:)

Anyway, they are fattening so sometimes I feel like they get a bad rap. Should you sit down and eat an entire bag? Nope! If you grab a small handful, it’s just what you need and that tiny handful carries a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits!

Here are some facts you need to know about almonds!
1. Almonds are an excellent source of protein and fiber.
2. Worried about your heart? Did you know almonds reduce the risk of heart disease? Awesome!
3. Almonds decrease spikes in blood sugar after meals, protecting you against diabetes!
4. Help with LDL cholesterol! Another protection for the heart!
5. Eating almonds lowers your risk of weight gain, and may help you lose weight.
6. Build strong bones and teeth!
7. Help with brain function and activity.
8. Eating the almond with the skin will give you the most health benefit. The skin alone contains tons of antioxidants!

There you have it! They are super easy to incorporate into your diet. Grab a few for a quick snack or put some in a salad! Either way, eat your almonds today!

Dare to Succeed!

I’ve been reading a lot of personal development books lately…you know, those hokey, self-help type books that generally make you either cringe or roll your eyes? As coaches for Beachbody, we are encouraged to spend time every single day doing some personal development. It is, in fact, one of our top three “vital behaviors” as a coach.

It took me awhile to listen to this request and grab a book, but I finally grabbed one that had been recommended and reluctantly opened it up. I could NOT put it down! It was such a fantastic, eye-opening book! So I thought, “Hey…maybe there’s something to this…” and I grabbed the next one. Life changing. Totally changed my perspective on my whole life.

Needless to say, I was a believer in personal development. I am currently in the middle of three different amazing books, and have a huge list of books waiting for me. I even took time one day to visit a local thrift store and came out with eight new books that look promising.

One of the main themes of many of the books I have read is the power of positive thinking, or visualization. These books are all pretty much in agreement with the idea that we can be, do, or have anything we truly desire if we think about it as if it’s a sure thing, visualize it as if it has already happened, or just think about it constantly and how we can achieve it. I’ve been putting these ideas to the test recently, and I have been amazed at the results!

Seriously, this is going to sound so silly, but I have to share it anyway. One of the coaches beneath me has been struggling with her nutrition. She does NOT like vegetables. One vegetable, that’s it. It’s a little difficult to have a healthy diet when you’re hooked on burgers, fries, pizza, and you gag just at the thought of eating a vegetable. She was getting discouraged and probably ready to quit, when I decided to test out one of these theories with her. I asked her to spend some time every day for a week, visualizing herself eating a specific vegetable, and actually liking it. She was to think only of having pleasure when eating it and not let any ideas of being grossed out into her mind. Then she was supposed to try the vegetable for real at the end of the week and see what happened.

Well, she jumped the gun a little bit and tried the veggie after only a few days. She messaged me in excitement…she ate it! She didn’t gag and was able to eat it, enjoyed the flavor, but was a little put off by the texture still. Wow! I know, it sounds strange, but for this girl it’s a HUGE accomplishment! We’re now working on making her enjoy it even more, then we’ll move onto another veggie. Why not?

For myself, I’ve been trying to balance work and home life more efficiently. This has led me to decide I need to be waking up MUCH earlier than normal so I can get some work done in the morning while my family sleeps. If you know me at all, you’ll know this was a daunting task. I am not a morning person. So I spend a few minutes each night before I fall asleep, visualizing myself waking up with the alarm, seeing the time, getting out of bed, getting dressed and getting to work. Guess what? It WORKS! I am thoroughly amazed at how easy it has been for me to wake up early with that alarm, when previously I would sleep through THREE different alarms set to different times without even cracking an eyelid.

I know, you don’t believe me and it sounds ridiculous. So I’m going to challenge YOU. Pick one thing in your life you would like to change, improve, or add. Dream big! Set goals! Then think about it! Spend a half hour each day when you have a few minutes of quiet, and think about whatever it is you’re working on. Do this for at least a week and see what happens…I would LOVE to know if you have any fun experiences with this!

If you are interested in learning more about this idea or discussing some goals you are trying to reach, feel free to email us at fitmama.fitfamily@gmail.com and we’ll chat!

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Exercise is fun to do

The birds are chirping, the grass is getting green and the days are longer. Spring is here, for the most part, where I live. It’s about time.  Although I probably should be on alert for the occasional snowstorm that could blow through at any given moment! Anyway, there isn’t anything better than a beautiful evening when you can spend some time outside with your family. Winters around here bring plenty of tv and video game time, so the fresh air and beautiful scenery are a welcome guest!

This past week I have tried to take advantage of every possible nice evening and get out with my kids. They need it and love it just as much as I do!

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Luckily, I have three boys who all love to be active and be outside. It’s pretty easy for me, most days, to suggest going for a bike ride or a run and they jump right on it! Something that has been fun for all of us is having my older boys ride their bikes while I run with my baby in the jogging stroller. It’s not strenuous and crazy for anyone. We just go for a leisurely run/ride and enjoy the evening together.

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We have so much fun together and it brings us closer as a family. I would suggest finding something that you and your kids can enjoy together! We all know how miserable it can be when you are dragging them along and they are hating every.single.minute. I will be changing it up in the near future, I’m sure, because the bike rides/runs won’t be nearly as exciting for my boys. They will be ready for something new and I’m okay with that.

I would love to hear what fun and active things you do as a family! How can we incorporate exercise into their loves without them even really realizing that’s what they are getting?