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Fit Mom, Karyle // Four Easy Ways to Be More Active

Fit-Mom-MonikerHappy Tuesday!  I hope everyone enjoyed their Cinco de Mayo.  As much as I would have loved a margarita or four, I resisted and spent my day running errands and staying active.  I've been having a hard time making it to the gym at work these past few weeks, and I suspect this may be a struggle for a lot of busy peeps.  If you're like me and have a small window to make it into an actual gym, remember that missing that window is no excuse to sit on your butt and call it a loss!  Here are some great ways to incorporate extra activity or mini workouts throughout your day.

Go for a Walk.  Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming and birds are singing. When it's not raining, I've really enjoyed going for walks outside and getting some fresh air.  Depending on your schedule, you can take a stroll in the morning, evening, or during a break at work.  Still can't find the time?  Make it a point to park your car far away from entrances. Get up and walk over to a coworker instead of sending an email or picking up the phone.  One way or another, get some walking in!

Take the Stairs.  Do you know what a broken escalator is? STAIRS!!  Walk up escalators whether they are moving or not.  Instead of taking the elevator, look for the stairs.  If you don't think you can walk up or down all the steps, take the stairs as far as you can go and then hop on the elevator.  If you're like me and have stairs at your apartment building, take one or two grocery/shopping bags in the apartment at a time instead of trying to only make one trip up the stairs.  If you have stairs in your home and you fold your laundry downstairs, take one small stack of clothing upstairs at a time.  There are tons of ways to get some extra steps in whether you're a business woman or a stay-at-home mom. I work on the 7th floor in my building and plan on taking the stairs more often, starting today!

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Work While You Watch.  I keep a mat and 10 lb weights in my living room at all times so that I can do mini workouts while I watch TV in the evening.  I call them "mini" workouts, but I feel the burn and sometimes I'm even sore the next day!  Keep some work out equipment (dumbbells, resistance bands, jump ropes, etc.) in view wherever you watch TV or use your computer.  If you don't have work out equipment, pick up a case of water, gallon of milk, or cans of food.  You can even just do body weight exercises like planks, push-ups, or squats. I also use a work out ball as my desk chair so that I'm tempted to do crunches while I'm on the computer. Hahaha. It doesn't matter what you use, just move your body!

Create Daily Habits.  This is one I haven't started yet, but I think it's a great way to stay active.  There are certain things we all do every day - wake up, brush our teeth, bathe, etc.  Pick one or two of the things you do every day and create a workout to do with them.  For example, do 100 jumping jacks when you wake up in the morning, squat while you're brushing your teeth, or do 20 burpees before you jump in the shower.  You can even make a circuit, like 10 squats, 20 jumping jacks, and 10 burpees when you wake up.  Be creative!  I must admit, I sometimes squat while I wait for things in the microwave.  That's not a habit, though... that's just me being weird. Lol. But, the more you do these corresponding work outs everyday, the faster they will become good habits.  Before you know it, you'll be brushin' and squattin' without even thinking about it. :)

On another note, it's time for new measurements!  Here they are.  Being more active is helping, but I'm hoping to get into the gym more this month to see even better results.

P.S.  I measured my waist three times because I couldn't believe it!!

Bust: 49.5 (same) Waist: 43 (down 2 inches!!) Stomach: 52 (down 0.5 inches) Hips: 48.75 (down 0.75 inches) Thigh: 28 (same) Arm:  16 (down 0.5 inches)

How do you guys keep yourselves active outside of the gym?

Do you already do some of these things?

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My New FitBit Flex & 5 Ways to Walk More Throughout the Day

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Hey guys! Today I'm going to talk about the FitBit Flex. I just got one last week and already, I'm loving it! This little gadget is easy, fun to use and it's really doing the trick to make me move more!

When I setup the Fitbit, it automatically set my daily target to 10,000 steps, which is recommended by the American Heart Association. Can you believe I thought getting 10,000 steps a day would be easy? I've since learned it's not! And if I'm going to do it, I've got to vehemently resist society's sedentary lifestyle--driving to work and sitting at a desk all day-- and get moving!

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The FitBit is a great motivator, though! Just the other night I was waiting for Aaron to finish looking around REI (his favorite store, my least favorite) and when I double tapped my FitBit and saw that I was still several bars from reaching my daily goal, I decided I'd walk around the store to wait, not sit! I started walking laps around the store aisles and even though I might have looked a little crazy, I got an instant burst of energy and it wasn't long before I achieved another bar closer to my goal (which is an awesome feeling, btw)!

The flashing LED lights are probably my favorite feature (it makes checking my progress so easy!), but I'm also incredibly impressed with the battery life on this little guy-- it's amazing! I only charged it 60% the day I got it and it's been going strong for four days! (That's more than I can say for my cell phone!) Here are a few other things I love:

// It's waterproof: I can wear it in the shower or if I go swimming! I love that I don't have to think about it at all! I can hardly feel it on my wrist and I can wear it anywhere!

// There's two bands: Right now I'm wearing the smaller of the two bands around my wrist but it came with another band that is slightly bigger that can be worn around the ankle. I'm just so glad I don't have to wrap anything around my body and be uncomfortable. I can totally handle an anklet or wristlet!

// It syncs with my smartphone: It syncs with my computer and my smartphone! I can open the app anytime and see my friend's activity and my own stats: how many calories I've burned, steps I've taken, even sleep patterns! The app even has a really clean interface, too, which I love, and did I mention it has the ability to with MyFitnessPal too?

// There's a silent alarm: The wristband vibrates to alert me of alarms I've set, whether it's to wake up in the morning or remind me to make a call! I love having an alarm that's not connected to my phone, but still close by at all times!

// It's like a game: Have you heard the phrase Gameify? It's a word used to describe a unique way to get people intrigued. The idea is that if you gameify something, i.e., make it fun and like a game, people are more likely to use it. Well, there's definitely a gaming element to the FitBit (an easy one - I just double tap my wrist - that's it!) and I LOVE IT!

Alright, so, as much as I love this device and think that it makes moving a lot more fun, it still takes dedication do get going! Here are some things I'm doing to walk more throughout the day and make the most of my FitBit!

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When you have to go to the bathroom, walk to the furthest one.

I used to think working in a big building was annoying because the bathroom isn't right outside my office. But, since getting the FitBit, I'm now walking to an even further bathroom! I take the elevator down to the first floor, walk the length of the building to the bathroom and then back! It really helps add a few steps throughout the day!

Park further away.

I used to love getting the closest spot to wherever I'm going, but now I realize the value in a few extra steps. Again, I work in a big building with a big parking lot and it's not such a bad thing to have to walk further!

Treat your pup and go for a longer walk.

Now that it's nicer outside, I don't mind taking a long walk with my pup, which is great for him and me! I can get so many more steps just taking a longer walk in the morning or evening with him, when I'm already walking him anyway!

Setup walking dates.

My hubby doesn't love this idea but going for a walk (sans cell phones) is a great way to connect and catch-up! Especially during the spring, it's nice to get out in nature and enjoy each other's company.

When you're idle, walk (or squat!), don't sit.

I often find myself waiting, whether it's to go into a meeting, for my coffee to brew, or for my husband to finish shopping at REI... I've decided to pace, walk in circles, or squat! (Squatting through the day is good for you!) You'd be surprised how many extra steps you can get in when you'd otherwise just be standing around. So, now, even if I'm in a store, I'll walk around in circles or up and down the aisles. I might look crazy but I'm burning calories. :)

Do you have a FitBit or FitBit Flex?

What are your favorite features?

How do you get in extra movement throughout the day?

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