New Product Review: Limm Resistance Loop Bands

So my girls are now 2, and I still haven’t been able to settle back into a regular exercise routine. I totally blame them. HA! 

We got going in a couple good grooves over these past 2 years. I really enjoyed the phase where they loved being in their stroller – that was a dream, folks. There’s tons of great walking paths around here, and we had a great time exploring them. They got fussy? No worries! Pop a bottle in their mouths and continue on!

It’s not nearly as easy these days. And I’ve resorted to the idea that, in order to do any kind of actual exercise (besides chasing them around everywhere, I mean) I actually have to do it before they get up in the morning. And it’s true…this blog really isn’t about fitness, but I think that fitness definitely plays a part in the journey to domestication, as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve found a few great internet-based programs that I’m really liking these days. You’ll hear me talk more about a great one called Aaptiv later on this week, actually. So those kinds of things seem to be helpful in my current occupation of “2-Year-Old Twin Chaos Coordinator”. The only problem was, I found I was missing some of the tools I needed to make the most of some of these workouts. And I wasn’t sure how to go about taking care of that issue.

So when Lisa from Limm contacted me, I was a bit curious. I hadn’t heard of Limm before, but I was very intrigued to know that they specialize in home fitness products. Ooo! Right up my alley! I took a peek through their website, and when Lisa offered to send me a set of resistance bands, I was all about it.

Folks, there are SO many different exercises that include resistance bands. I had no idea, until I started getting in to various online workouts. I won’t lie, I tried to make my own! HA! (THAT’S really what we need pics of in this post!) The reason I tried to make my own was that I wasn’t sure what “level” of resistance band(s) I needed! For someone like myself, who isn’t experienced in this area, the world of fitness equipment is a bit daunting. I didn’t want to order something, then find it wasn’t right for me…then send it back…then try another one…ugh! It just seemed like a big hassle. (And what’s an even bigger hassle these days is loading up my kids to actually visit a brick and mortar fitness store to see resistance bands in person!)

Lucky for me, when my resistance bands arrived from Limm…

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…I found they were EXACTLY what I needed.

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The box itself is about the size of a women’s wallet, and the nifty little pouch fits snugly inside. The AWESOME thing is…

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These bands are actually a set of five DIFFERENT bands! Five different levels of resistance, all in once package! YES!

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From extra light all the way up to extra heavy, no matter your age or agility level, there’s at least one that will work for you! Plus you can use various bands for various exercises, to build on your strength and continue to grow your endurance! And if one day you’re extra sore or perhaps you’ve slept wrong and have a crick in your neck or something of that nature, there’s no need to change your workout – just use a different band and go a little easier on yourself. How great is that?!

The band itself seems to be very well-made.

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Extremely sturdy, and it’s comfortable to use – no pinching here!

Here’s an example of the size (these are my hubby’s hands/arms):

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Did I mention that HE likes these bands, too? (I had to go in search of them the other day because someone got a little bit carried away and actually carried them away! HA!) And it’s worth mentioning that my girls think they’re great fun to stretch with – although, to be perfectly honest, they don’t need ANY MORE resistance training than they’ve already acquired just being the typical 2-year-olds that they are. MERCY.

After using these bands for a bit, I popped back over to Limm’s website to see what else they might have to offer for my workouts. From core sliders to jump ropes to yoga balls, and even unique things like traction cleats and agility ladders, there’s definitely an awesome selection of products! Plus, they offer a Member’s Portal with product tutorials and videos, product manuals, exercise programs and external workout videos. It’s all the support you need, and more, from a family business who’s mission is to help people achieve better health and wellness by having more comfort and easiness in doing activities of everyday life.

If having better health and wellness is something you’re working on these days, you definitely want to check out Limm!

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OH! And here’s the fabulous thing: Limm wants all of you to be able to try their bands, too! Just use the code KRSTNC15 for a 15% discount via Amazon! (Please note: shipping can only be completed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.) Go on – check them out!

Are you doing any good workouts at home these days? Have you found something that works great for you?
 
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3 Best Foods for Weight Loss: Delicious Recipes Included!

I’ll never forget the day that my husband told me (on a Sunday afternoon), “Hey, I’m gonna start the South Beach Diet tomorrow!” 

I was a bit surprised, but responded, “Oh, okay! You really want to do that? I mean, if that’s what you want to do, then go for it!”

He countered, “Yep, I think it’s just what I need to drop the few pounds I gained over the holidays. SO, here’s the book. You’ll need to to do my grocery shopping and make the recipes for me.”

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Do you wanna GUESS how THAT conversation ended?! HA! I am ALL for changing eating habits for the better, but I need a little bit of a notice, if you know what I mean!And motivation. Motivation is good, too!

If you are planning to start a diet with your family, you can boost the motivation for it by cooking some delicious low-calorie meals that contain the best foods for weight loss. That way, everyone starts to get used to some different tastes if they aren’t already! These special ingredients will ensure that you achieve your goals, and the recipes included in the article will allow you to enjoy this journey.

Broccoli

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The benefits of broccoli are many, say Live Science and multiple studies. This extraordinary plant makes you healthier overall, helps protect against cancer, and greatly improves your digestion. It’s the latter that makes it a great addition to a weight loss diet. Not only is broccoli rich in dietary fiber, which boosts heart health and cleanses your body. It also contains elements that improve the condition of gut bacteria. While your gut is healthy, you can process foods better, thus boosting the efficiency of your diet.

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Eating Healthy on the Road

We’re coming up on Summer Vacation time, and with that comes lots of un-healthy eating. At least that’s what happens to us when we’re on the road! We get in a rush, or we don’t plan properly, and the next thing you know lunch is junk food from the gas station where we filled up the car! 

So when Nancy McCoy contacted me and told me she could help, I was all about it! Here’s a few tips from her to all of us…

When you have be on the road, there is a possibility that you’re going to think about fast food. However, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you have to eat foods that are going to leave you feeling weak, tired, and bloated. You need to make good choices when it comes to food so you will have enough energy to enjoy your vacation. As athletes realize, healthy food and a lot of water can keep the level of your energy high, power your muscles, and make you recover quickly. The food you consume on the road is going to become your body’s travel fuel.

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Drink a lot of water

Yes, you need to drink the right amount of water every day, but this becomes very important when you are on the road. It is because there is a tendency for you to be rushed, be swayed from your routine, and forget to drink water. This is also an occurrence when you need to access a source of water, so make sure that you have a water bottle with you.

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Tips for Healthy Eating as a Family

The more I read labels on foods I’ve eaten all my life, the more my eyebrows raise. There is SO MUCH JUNK in our food! Sure, the “junky” food seems easier to grab and prepare, but in the long run, healthy eating is way more worth it!

When it comes to healthy eating as a family, time management and budgeting can make it a bit difficult to get the hang of. Especially if you are a parent (which is really where my brain is at these days), it’s important to foster healthy habits in your children when they’re young so they can carry those habits into the rest of their lives. Here are some ways to stick to a healthy diet on a budget, and to encourage positive habits for your kids.

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Find a Farmers’ Market
 
The price for fresh produce at farmers’ markets is nearly unbeatable. You can stock up on locally grown food that’s in season to use for the week or freeze for a later date. At some farmers’ markets, you can find free-range eggs, delicious homemade jellies and jams, and raw honey. Since you’re buying food that’s in season and cutting out the transport costs, you’ll save quite a bit of money on produce.

 
Cook With Your Kids
 
Nothing is more frustrating than preparing a healthy meal just to have your child turn it down. To avoid this, try collaborating as a family to find meals that you’ll all enjoy. Once you’ve made a plan for the week, involve your children in the cooking process. Even young children can take an important role, like snapping green beans or topping a casserole with cheese. When they’ve helped to create a delicious meal, your kids will be more motivated to eat it and their confidence will grow in the kitchen.

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How to Make Your Parties Healthy

It’s Spring Break around these parts this week, which got me thinking how close it is to SUMMER! Oh, summer and all the wonderful parties that come along with it! But sometimes I feel like parties involve too much junk food, and sugar, and other nasty ingredients that certainly don’t add to the party later – especially when it comes to kids parties!

So when Tracey Clayton contacted me and asked if she could share some ways in which parties could be made HEALTHY, well. What a great idea! Let’s see what she’s got for us!

Whether you are two or ninety-two, nobody wants to miss out on a party. The event where fun is a priority, and enjoyment is a must, parties increase the happiness levels of all attending. And who doesn’t like all around smiles, laughter, good food, drinks, cheerful decorations, and cake? Well, sometimes our bodies. Because we tend to let loose, go all out, eat and drink in excess, and have just too much fun during parties, our bodies have to tolerate all that. Luckily, there are ways of making a party healthy, and still being able to have fun, and enjoy the party.

Mix It Up

Provide your guests with diversity, and moderate portions, they will surely be grateful for. Choice is a great way to ensure guests can fill their bellies by trying a little bit of everything. The color will amaze and attract everyone, while making the portions smaller in size ensure each person has their fill of your delectables.

Food on the Go

You always want to give your guests the chance to eat on the go, and be able to mingle. The best course of action is to provide them with delicious finger food. Still, nobody likes greasy fingers when it is time to shake a hand, or give a hug. Considering healthier finger food alternatives will not only leave your hands clean, enjoying the company of others, but will also leave room for cake, and other treats.

A Veg Alternative

Another thing you have to consider is the introduction of vegan and vegetarian alternatives. Because you never know who that plus one might be, having a backup plan enables you to keep a sound mind, knowing you can satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Some great vegetarian party recipes are so delicious, even the most fanatical meat-eaters will want to try these specialties, and have a healthier party experience.

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Drinks Au Naturale

Go for more natural flavors when serving drinks. Kids will adore sugar-free drinks made from freshly squeezed juice, healthier than industrial fizzy sodas. Also, you have a chance to experiment with flavors that may prove to be your guests’ next best drink. And grownups will be amazed by addition of pomegranate juice to club soda, or your very own home-made drink recipe, to spice up their beverage. Finally, be sure to make water available, especially if you hold your party during summer.

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