When you’re a mom, one of the biggest challenges is lack of time. When you don’t have time for the things you have to do, often the last thing you’re going to make time for is exercise. But the benefits of even small amounts of exercise can help in every aspect of your life. Sometimes just re-framing your mindset about how and when you can fit in exercise can help you realize it is possible to squeeze it in, and enjoy the benefits it provides.
A new baby is an exciting and busy time in life – the beauty and thrill of bonding love, first smiles, first laughs, and nurturing care. Exciting at first, new parents soon learn how challenging the first year can be. Sleepless nights, countless diaper changes, and an endless feeding schedule can be exhausting and overwhelming.Whether you have one or more very small children, it’s usually hard on a relationship. The transition from a couple to a family is a big transition. Who has time for date night? Nevertheless, the family dynamic will be stronger and long-lasting if couples make an effort to communicate and stay lovingly connected.
Spring is a time of renewal, which makes it the perfect time to start or re-energize your exercise or activity routine. If you’ve been hibernating all winter, it’s time to get outside, stretch your legs, and get active again. Exercise helps your body, mind, and soul, so take some time to make a plan to get started.
Spring sunshine and warm weather often bring about spring cleaning, and your pantry or food cupboard is a great place to start. Pantry cleaning is helpful to identify outdated food and expired condiments. Expired doesn’t always mean bad, we’ll provide some guidance on that. If you have food that is sitting in in the back of your pantry, it will likely remain unused unless you bring it to the forefront, or remove it. Over time, unused food will lead to clutter and food waste. Spring cleaning your pantry is a great way to review your inventory, and a clean pantry makes better use of available space, reduces stress, and helps you keep it stocked with great ingredients!
“Meal prep” is the process of planning and preparing meals in advance. It is an excellent way to save time, money, and effort while accomplishing your healthy eating goals by preparing nutritious meals ahead of time. To start doing meal prep, it is important to find a realistic method that works for you, in terms of your goals and schedule. There is no one size fits-all approach! Some people prefer to set aside a chunk of time on one day to prep for the week, while others prefer to prep a small amount each night for the next day.
Our culture can be very alcohol-centric, each season, occasion, and event seem to include drinking. You’ve made the commitment to yourself to get healthy, and reducing alcohol intake can play a large role in that success. Can you drink alcohol and still hit your goals? The answer is yes, but with some strategies.
There are many ways to quit using nicotine, but people who work with Take Control health coaches have a greater chance of success. Over the past two years, 91% of the people we've worked with have quit using nicotine. We'd love to help you become nicotine-free and achieve the health goals you desire.
When Julia first came into the program, she really wanted to be free of feeling like food was an issue or a “problem” in her life, and just wanted to release herself of the anxious thoughts that might be there. She came in with an open mind, and was ready to make small changes. Read about her great transformation, and the impressive mental change in her relationship with food.
Flax and chia seeds have become popular over the last several years. You may have seen products like chia seed pudding or flax-infused baked goods popping up on the internet or social media. What is all the hype behind these two little seeds? Is one better than the other? We’ve put together some basic information about these seeds, and compared them for nutritional value, research, and health benefits.
Starting or maintaining a successful exercise habit can be difficult, but many people overlook the role that activewear can have in that success. Choosing the right pair of shoes one of the most important aspects of a successful and enjoyable exercise routine.
From hundreds of coaching sessions over the years, our exercise specialists have compiled their "Top 10" tips for success in your fitness goals. Here they are!
Most women are given the green light to exercise at their six week post-partum checkup. What most new moms don’t realize, is that it’s not okay to jump back into their pre-pregnancy fitness routine.
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This quick video blog gives great tips on creating healthy, balanced meals that are quick to make and the whole family will enjoy. Katie covers alternative ingredients for recipes like Chicken Parmesean that up the nutritional value and keep calorie counts lower.
Welcome to autumn! Anytime the seasons change, it’s important to consciously adjust your exercise routine to stay on track. Schedules change, goals change, and an assortment of activities flood our lifestyles with deadlines and things to do. This year, plan ahead and embrace the season change as a built-in opportunity to rethink how you successfully transition from summer into fall. Here are some tips to help make your adjustment:
It’s that time of year again, when we transition from summer into fall. Cooler temperatures and variable weather conditions can cause problems with your summer exercise routine. Stay on track by planning for a smooth shift from warm walks in shorts and t-shirts, to walking or running in cooler air and precipitation-covered terrain.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to set an exercise goal, stick with it for a few weeks, and then next thing you know you are off track and not following through? Use these simple tricks to help you stick with it:
Sometimes in the midst of transitioning to your role as a new mom, you can feel like you’re losing your pre-baby identity.
Some people are delighted and excited about the holiday season, and some feel pressure and a bit of dread with the work to be done to prepare for the holidays. Wherever you fall on the scale, most of us are susceptible to holiday stress. Here are some practical strategies that can help keep you from being overwhelmed this season.
Eating healthy when traveling can be difficult for everyone. There are often unknowns and last minute changes, and we end up making poor choices based on limited options or being in a rush. The best way to avoid those pitfalls is to plan ahead. Planning your travel food can keep you from eating junk food, save you money, and will make travel more convenient.
We just celebrated Thanksgiving, and for me that signals the start of what I refer to as “The Season of Eating.” From Thanksgiving clear through Easter there is at least one big eating opportunity each month: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, the Super Bowl, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter.
Clothing can make all the difference in a fun and safe winter outdoor experience. Whether you’re going for a walk, running, skiing, or snowshoeing, dressing for the cold is essential to maintain your exercise regime throughout the winter.
Do you have good or bad posture? As you are reading this, how is your posture right now? Are you sitting upright with both feet planted on the floor? Are you slouching your back? Is your neck tense and the shoulder raised, or even slightly rounded forward? If you’re sitting, are your legs crossed? If you’re standing at your desk, is all your weight on one leg or both?