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    Common Exercise Obstacles

    Like any new change, increasing your exercise routine can be hard to stick with it. Determine what your obstacles are, think about small steps you can take and develop a strategy to overcome them. In time, this will become your new normal.

    Not Enough Time

    Schedule time in your calendar to work-out just like you would a meeting or appointment.  You can also add short ten-minute walks or other activity three times during the day if you don’t have time for a full workout.

    Exercise is Boring

    Choose activities you enjoy! You don’t have to just run on a treadmill to get a good workout. Go on walks with friends, enroll in a swim class, or go to group workout classes.

    Self-Conscious of Appearance

    Don’t get negative with yourself! Focus on your strength after your workout and all the benefits you’re gaining. You can also avoid the crowd by running in the mornings or doing an exercise video at home versus going to a gym.

    Too Tired

    Regular exercise will give you energy! Try working out first thing in the morning or pack your gym bag and head straight to the gym after work so you don’t have a chance to go home and get comfortable on the couch.

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    Moving into Summer: One Dad’s way of Staying ahead of his kids

    Moving into Summer with kids is always tough…here’s one Dad’s advice!

    I have three very active little boys, twin 7-year-olds and a 3-year-old. As my household transitions over from the indoor winter hermit to the outdoor action hero’s and superstar athletes, we have one mantra in the house “Wear them out”. That’s right, take those kids and go do anything that makes them use their brains and brawn. The days are longer so there is time to play catch, kick a ball, and bike ride after you get home from work. Simple activities give me a chance to talk to my kids… not just at them.

    I am a big believer that shared experiences lead to shared motivation and goals, which lead to opportunities to talk. I also try to get the kids involved in any of my big “Honey Do Tasks”. It does slow the process down, but it has always amazed me how much confidence, skill, and can-do attitude it has built in my boys. You should hear them talk about the next project they want to do… and a lot less about watching TV and playing on an iPad. Nothing drives me more crazy then to hear my kids whine about wanting to watch someone else do something that they could do or learn to do on YouTube.

    Here is our Summer Bucket-List! Feel free to borrow it!

    1. Try Geocaching, letterboxing, or another form of treasure hunting
    2. Find a Nature Trail to hike
    3. Build a project together- Picnic Table and an outdoor couch
    4. Camping and Fishing
    5. Sports
    6. Moving rocks and digging a hole in the yard- it’s hilarious, its the same pile we move back and forth I just find different reasons to move them around
    7. Sidewalk Chaulk- Speed Ladder, Hop Scotch,
    8. Bike Ride- I have to pull my youngest in a trailer, but he is a good for laughs as a  backseat driver.
    9. Current Project- Backyard Obstacle Course
    10. Work towards earning the boys’ Theatre Badge for Scouts
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    Mindful Eating

    Mindful eating is all about being aware of the foods you are consuming. It involves tuning into your thoughts and emotions towards foods and allowing your body to tell when you are hungry not your feelings.

    • Some tips on mindful eating:Put the fork down between each biteDrink water before and during your meal

      Turn off the TV and focus on what you are eating

      Eat at the table and from a plate (not a bag)

      Taste your food and enjoy all the flavors and textures

      Eat your favorite food last

      Plan for tomorrow