Ways to involve your family in your exercise routine

As parents, we all intrinsically know how important daily exercise is. After all, for many of us, we’ve been hearing about exercise’s importance for nearly all of our lives. Despite knowing how important it is, many parents will admit that their daily exercise routine is the first thing to fall to the wayside when life gets busy, tough, and challenging, and as parents, we can all relate that life is rarely not tough.

Isn’t that wild? We all know how important exercise is to our health, but at the end of the day, we’d rather do things for our families and homes than do something positive for our health and livelihood. It often isn’t until we have a major health scare or emergency that we get our acts together and try to reverse years, if not decades, of neglected health.

Probably the singular reason that more parents cite than any other, regarding why they don’t regularly participate in an exercise routine more days than not, is time. We all have the same number of hours available to us in any given day — 24 — yet many of us can’t seem to manage to “find the time” to exercise, even when we know it can make a huge difference for our health.

What’s a parent to do, then?

My solution, I think, is the best one I’ve encountered and one that will benefit everyone in your family, not just you.

What is it, you may be wondering? It’s simple, really: exercise with your family. Involve your partner and children in your exercise routine more often than not. Doing so will not only confer health benefits for you, but it’ll also do the same for the rest of your family, and exercise — in whatever manifestation it takes — can be an excellent way to secure some quality time with your family.

Below, I’ll describe in more detail some additional guidelines that can help you involve your family in your exercise routine. Really, it’s a win-win solution, if you think about it: not only will you finally be able to actually take care of yourself and your own health, but you’ll still be spending quality time with your family and, in the process, model for them positive and healthy behaviors that they can later emulate.

Some tips to involve your family in your exercise routine include the following:

Keep it simple. When you’re exercising with your family, don’t overthink it. In fact, don’t even think of it as exercise, per se. Instead, think of it as “play.” Think back to your own childhood and all the games you used to play with your friends or on the playground at school. Easy, pick-up games like basketball, soccer, tag, or simply playing on the monkey bars or climbing on the playground equipment can be a great workout. Your kids will love that you’re actually playing with them and aren’t simply scrolling mindlessly on your phone, and as an added bonus, you’ll be doing something positive for your health.
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Ski Mountain High in California

Just outside LA you can hit the slopes!


A short drive from the major cities in Southern California, Mountain High Ski Resort is a must visit this winter. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking to go down the hill by sled this is the place. My visit was a pleasure from start to finish. The drive is pleasant, the food is tasty, and the winter sports are where it’s at.

Me in my Mountain High Yeti mask!

If you didn’t know January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. So I figured I would take on the challenge at Mountain High. Skiing is totally new to me and I could not have picked a better destination to get started. Everyone raved about their ski instructors and I agree. Mountain High has a top notch ski school, their instructors are certified PSIA and AASI, use the latest equipment, and boast some of the highest success rates in the country with lessons for all skill levels.

If you are an expert already there is plenty to keep you busy. Mountain High is broken into three resorts, East, West, and North. Each is packed full of great runs and when the weather gifts SoCal with snow we are ready to rock. There are 290 acres of skiable terrain, The trail breakdown is 25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Advanced to keep everyone racing along. With a maximum elevation of 8,200 feet keep hydrated and don’t be surprised if you get winded more easily. Hydration is key.
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5 tips to getting your kids active after school

As challenging as it might be, it is advisable and encouraging to get kids outdoors and engage them in physical activities, different from the routine hours they spend behind desks when in school. After school activities should be able to keep the kids active and nourish a talent that they might have rather than have them spend too much time watching television or playing video games.

Finding the different ways in which you can actively get your kids moving and physically active can be hard. Here are a few tips that can help you for a start.

1. Outdoor exercises and activities

Outdoor activities and games like swinging and climbing around are a great way for your kids to let out the stiffness of sitting in class the entire day. Aside from that, once exhausted from the jumping and climbing, they will be able to sleep better which is a plus.

If possible, create some time to exercise together with your kids. You can do a sport either in the evenings or during weekends like riding a bike trail or going for swimming which will not only keep them active but bring you closer as a family.

2. Assist them with their homework

Giving your kids, your time and participation in tackling some of the hardest homework that they might have been given at school can be motivating. Even if the homework is hard, your patience and the interest to assist them makes it easier and also gives you more time to spend quality time together.
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Couples Massage at Elements Massage in Irvine Ca.

You have heard about a couples massage. The topic comes up around the Holidays and Valentines as a great gift idea, which it is! There is no reason though to wait for a special occasion to enjoy this bonding experience. A couples massage can be a regular occurrence that helps you relax, enjoy each others company, and feel closer. Because there is nothing better than sharing the blissed out feeling you have leaving a great massage with your partner.

Elements Massage is an excellent choice to embrace the couples massage. They have a room specifically for side by side massages which is intimate without being claustrophobic. A relaxing, airy space for you to enjoy you choice of massage, which is customizable for each person. You can choose from Swedish Massage, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Aromatherapy.

I enjoyed the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. This massage incorporates thermal therapy and salt therapies through the stones enhancing the experience. My partner chose the Deep Tissue Massage to deal with shoulder issues, a therapeutic massage to really go deep and help get him back in balance. The whole process was perfect. Lovely setting, the staff was delightful, and the massages exactly what each of us was looking for.
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MISSION Athletecare’s EnduraCool Gear

The MISSION Athletecare’s EnduraCool towel is a great way to beat the heat for your family, children, and those friends you work out with. The EnduraCool towel is just what you are looking for with the temperatures rising when working or playing outside with your children.

The instant cooling technology is activated when you wet the towel and wring it out and snapping it to chill the fabrics surface temperature by up to 30 degrees. The user of the towel simply places the towel around his or her neck, forehead, or the desired area for instant relief from the heat.

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The mission of Mission Athletecare is “ We believe greatness is always in reach. But you’ve got to dig deep, you’ve got to harness your heat. That’s why we build innovative thermoregulation technology into the fabric of all our products. We do it because when you control temperature, you unlock performance.”
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BOB Duallie Infant Car Seat Adapter

Disclosure- We received the below in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are our own. For more information, see “I Disclose”.

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Being the mom of 3 children with two children 4 and over means that you are definitely a mom on the go. This wonderful carseat adapter has been a lifesaver for this momma on the go.

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About BOB:

In 1994, Roger Malinowski, a bicycle industry maven, met Phillip Novotny, an airline mechanic, in the California town of San Luis Obispo. Phillip had turned a decrepit beach cruiser bike into a versatile, lightweight, single track bike trailer. He called it the YAK and was rolling them out of a machine shop on a small scale. Roger knew a great idea when he saw one and together, they took Phillip’s invention and built a booming business.

BOB was originally named Beast of Burden, but was eventually shortened to BOB.

BOB was first a great bike trailer that was completely amazing. However, Roger and Phillip soon began to start families of their own. They were inspired to design and build a superior jogging stroller that would be held to the same high standards as their trailers. The initial result was the BOB Sport Utility Stroller, complete with aptented suspension system, tough polymer wheels, easy-fold frame, a reclining, padded seat and several other features no one had ever put on a stroller before. They truly “wanted the best of a bunch of worlds”, said Roger. “A lightweight, high-quality stroller that you could still take running, hiking, or off-road and also fold up easily and compactly. The fact we could put all of these elements in one stroller is what really attracted people to it.”
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BarreAmped FIRE EXTREME SCULPT DVD @suzannecbowen

Are you looking to get in better shape for the summer? If you are, you will want to look at this new DVD.  It really works you out, and you will feel it for sure the next day(s!)

There are 5 DVDs in the workout series, and you had better start with 1, let me tell you. I did 5 first (not because I’m insane, just because that is how they arrived) and I was burnt out within 10 minutes.  Of course, I should have known- there was a verbal warning from Suzanne Bowen at the beginning, saying that it was going to be tough and to warm up to it.  I should have listened!  You live, you learn.

The workouts do put you through the paces, and I have to admit that I’m still not ready to move on to DVD 2.  They are not simple, but they are effective.  I’ve been doing them for nearly 3 weeks, and I am gaining stamina, which is a great thing.  I’m hoping in a few weeks to move up to #2, but the main thing is to move at the pace that is healthy and right for you.

Here is more about the DVDs and Suzanne Bowen;

Fitness and lifestyle expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of Suzanne Bowen Fitness (#SBF) www.suzannebowenfitness, a top streaming website for workout videos and nutrition advice, has just released her newest DVD in the BarreAmped franchise. BarreAmped Fire Extreme Sculpt (www.barreamped.com 84 minutes $19.99) presales have already exceeded expectations and is well on its way to being the most popular BarreAmped DVD to date. Suzanne’s signature BarreAmped is a proven, results oriented, body shaping barre program that is a combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and Bowen’s classical Lotte Berk training. It is Classic Barre meets Extreme Results.
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Triple Play with Boys & Girls Clubs of America #TriplePlay10 #IC #Sp

Disclosure- I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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In his dance class

Children like to take part in all sorts of activities, from dance class, to karate, to soccer, and more.  It’s been recommended that kids are moderately to vigorously physically active at least 60 minutes per day, but not all kids get that kind of activity.  It seems only about one fourth of the kids in the USA ages 12-15 meet that goal, which isn’t good for mind or body.  Getting kids active from a young age and keeping them that way is important for their developing and maintaining healthy habits for life.  That’s where the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program is great- it encourages kids and families to get up, get out, and get moving as a family.

About Triple Play

“Triple Play, which is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and the Anthem Foundation,  is a program currently offered in Boys & Girls Clubs that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships. “
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