1. 30 Day Family Fitness Challenge

    Family fitness challengeA healthy lifestyle starts in the home. Your children are observing you every day and learning from your behavior. When it comes to health and fitness, your children are learning habits now that will last a lifetime.

    Get everyone in your family involved in getting fit with our 30 day family fitness challenge! This fun and budget-friendly challenge is meant as a starting point for getting you and your family up and active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should try to be active for at least 2.5 hours a week. Active, as the CDC defines it, means participating in activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and strengthen your muscles.

    Modify the challenge so it makes sense for your family. Enjoying a particular activity? Extend it beyond the one-week mark. Consider including incentives or a reward sticker chart to track progress and motivate your family to participate. Make the challenge your own!

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  2. Getting Back into Shape After Baby: 5 Tips on How to Lose Baby Weight

    Mother exercising with babyIf you’re like many new mothers, you began looking for ways to start shedding baby weight shortly after your baby was born – right? – or maybe you started thinking about it while you were pregnant. If so, that’s not surprising, given the unrealistic expectations set by some celebrity moms for how quickly a woman should be able to get back into shape after giving birth.

    Most medical professionals agree, however, that quick weight loss is not healthy.

    The most important thing to remember is that you won’t lose the baby weight overnight, so don’t become frustrated if you do not see immediate results. It took your body about nine months to put on the weight, so anticipate approximately the same amount of time or longer to get your body back into pre-baby shape.

    If you recently had a baby, here are some ways to lose baby weight safely and naturally, as recommended by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a nonprofit organization of women’s health care physicians, (but be sure to check with your physician first, to make sure that these ways are safe for you at this time):

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  3. Exercises That You Can Do Anywhere

    If you’re among the people looking for an excuse not to work out, it won’t take very long to find one. Two of the favorites: “I don’t have time to work out” and “Gym memberships are so expensive.” The fact is that a good workout doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. Just 30 minutes a day of physical activity can help to improve cardiovascular health as well as help to prevent heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

    Should you or someone you know have a reason for not working out, it’s good to remember the one much greater reason to start exercising: the prospect of a longer, healthier life.

    Here are 10 exercises to help you get moving, in addition to walking, walking, walking: 

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  4. Quick Workouts Under 30 Minutes

    Mom Working Out at Home

    Too busy to spend much time exercising? Not to worry. The Department of Health and Human Services advises that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can have a positive impact on your health.

    Here’s a quick list of some of the best 30-minute exercise routines:

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  5. Are you Apt to Be Fit? There’s an App for That!

    woman-jumping-ropeTo achieve good health, you need to eat right and exercise. To make this easier, turn to technology and download some apps.

    Get fit or take your fitness to the next level with these great options for apps:

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