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Five Tips To Spark Consistency In Your Workout Routine…

December 7th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

The year that we were not predicted to see is right around the corner! For some that means adjusting their beliefs that the Mayans were right. For others that means setting some New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier, getting finances in order, and working out are among the most popular resolutions made each year.

 

 

Every first week of January gyms are at full capacity with new membership cards being activated and consistently swiped. Then February attendance drops down to where it was just two months prior. People begin to lose sight of their goals and don’t stick with their resolutions. Although I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, I can definitely relate. Have you told yourself time and time again that you would work out consistently at the beginning of a season, and then fallen off before it comes to an end? I definitely have, however I have learned some tricks along the way that help me stay consistent when I feel myself slipping.

Here are five tips that can keep you going when those 1-mile runs and Bikram yoga classes sound unappealing.

 

1.    Write down your goals.

Why are you working out in the first place? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to be toned? Or do you just want to get the weekly minimum of two hours and thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

Whatever the case may be, write it down and stick it up somewhere. Post it on your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, office door, or wherever works for you.

 

2.   Make a plan.

A study at the Dominican University of California showed that people tend to stick to goals and tasks when they have been written down AND shared with someone. Every weekend write down your workout plan for the week. When you have a solid plan going into the week, you are more likely to follow through. If you write down your daily activities into a planner or program them into an electronic calendar, try adding your workout times to your daily plans. Recording such things shows that you’re serious, and is also a way you can check your consistency and hold yourself accountable.

 

3.   Have an accountability partner.

But let’s face it. Keeping yourself accountable is not always enough when you have more obligations. Get someone that will talk some sense into you when you feel like giving up on your goals. This could be a friend, a family member, or a workout buddy. This person can be also be a personal trainer that already knows your goals. Either way, it should be someone that will hold you accountable to the workouts you say you are going to do.

 

4.   Buy a series worth of classes.

When you spend money on a class, it is more likely that you will attend, thus getting  in your workout time for the week. You bought them, so that motivation to not waste money will help. Gyms often have classes available for their members already. If you don’t have a membership you can also look into recreational centers and studios in your neighborhood for fitness class offerings, or check out  Groupon or Living Social for great deals.

 

 

5.    Take on a challenge.

Every month HeyFranHey comes up with a challenge to put out into the cyber world. The challenge gives you a variety of tasks to complete every day of the week, often increasing in intensity each week. The #MadFree #30for30 challenge is also underway for the month of December. Taking on a challenge like this allows you to start off slow and push yourself as your body gets acclimated with the new routine.

 

 

What are some things that keep you going when working out seems like no fun? Are there any alternative workouts that make your exercise exciting? Any monthly challenges that keep you consistent?

Become The Holiday Party Guest That Everyone Wants With @DuaneReade

December 5th, 2012 by Christen

 

As the holiday party invitations pour in, so does your ideas about giftgiving for your gracious host. (That is, unless you’re a total moocher…LOL) While gift giving can easily become an unexpected toll on your wallet, nabbing the perfect gift on the go at your local Duane Reade will have you wallet happy and healthy this holiday season. Wondering about what sort of thoughtful, unique and relatively cost-effectiive gifts you can find at Duane Reade, don’t worry – we’ve got a few of our favorite finds spotted in this month’s Happy and Healthy magazine.

 

 

Holiday gifts for your host doesn’t have to be expensive, just think of a few of the nice ‘Thank You’ gifts you’ve received throughout your lifetime, some of these gifts are not only inexpensive and easy to find…but they’re also on sale at Duane Reade this week!

If you’re not hip to the Happy & Healthy magazine yet, you can check it out online or easily pick one up once you step inside of any Duane Reade location…

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Walk right into you neighborhood Duane Reade and grab a Happy & Healthy magazine filled with savings for your wallet!

 

 

For the foodies on your list, tasty holiday arrangements of mixed nuts or decadent chocolates make the perfect gift! And if they’re your favorites (like these Delish salted cashews or kettle popcorn holiday sets), it makes it a lot easier to play hostess assistant by opening the gift and offering it to guests at the party on site! Not into bringing in the snacks, what about this nifty 12-cup coffee maker by Living Solutions? At only $29.99 – it’s a great gift to leave a lasting impression on any java junkie on your list.

 

 

Just in case your hostess is a beauty junkie, the Look Boutique has practically every beauty product under the sun from glosses to perfumes, you can find everything you need (and even things you didn’t know you need all inside of Duane Reade.

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Aisles and aisles of products to satisfy any beauty on your gift list!

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The Look Boutique even has favorite fragrances (available well after the department store closes…)

There are even a few host appropriate or (co-worker appropriate) gifts like these gloves or house slippers that’ll make a great gift (in a hurry…)

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Check out my full shopping experience here. To find the closest Duane Reade, check out their store locator. Need additional personalized help? Follow @duanereade #DReade on twitter or visit the hashtag #DRHappyandHealthy anytime to see what the other Duane Reade VIPs find. You can also follow along on Facebook and the Duane Reade Youtube Channel.

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. All opinions are entirely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric

 

Skyrocket Your Fitness Goals This Winter: Join the #MADFree #30for30 Movement

December 3rd, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

As the weather turns to cloudy skies and blistery-cold days, staying in shape and maintaining an exercise routine becomes a challenge for many of us. Image Activist Michaela Angela Davis began the #MadFree #30for30 Movement to show Black women that #FitIsFly and to keep us motivated to exercise through the New Year. This online event started December 1, 2012 with the tagline: “30 minutes can make such a difference in our lifestyle and productivity!” Facebook group members pledge to be active for at least 30 minutes per day in an effort to be happier and healthier in 2013.

 

 

Approximately 360 members have joined the group. Posts range from sharing ideas about healthy snacks, tips on DVDs, apps and unique workout routines (e.g., hula hooping with weights, dancing in a musical, plank variations), and simply sharing in the progress of building a movement where Black women stay fit and healthy. The trending topic has also spread to Instagram and Twitter, encouraging women daily.

 

 

Diva Tip: For inspiration and a frequent reminder of your pledge – for the month of December, change the lock screen on your phone or tablet to a picture of your desired body image or to a graphic of exercise tips such the Say No! to Hibernation Winter Body Workout (below) from Fit Betty. As you go about your day, you’ll frequently be reminded to set aside 30 minutes for movement, exercise and healthy eating.

 

 

Need more than that to catch the #FitIsFly bug? Watch the official #MadFree trailer here:

Feel the passion pouring from Davis through the screen, then join the movement and share your progress!

Already joined the movement? Have more winter workout tips? Share below…

Shopping Happy & Healthy At @DuaneReade This Holiday Season!

November 27th, 2012 by Christen

There’s nothing better than stopping by your local Duane Reade store for a quick pick me up of things on and off your holiday gift list. Typically, I realize that I’m in need of random items like tights, nail polish or even bath tissue as I’m preparing to walk out the door – so of course I was thrilled to find out that now Duane Reade offers “Items of the Week” at great sale prices – for girls like me that typically shop on the go!

 

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Time to shop! But not without checking out Happy & Healthy first!

First stop, the aisle of choice…Haircare!  Don’t you just hate it when you run out your favorite beauty product – just when you need it the most?  That’s why you should stock up right before holiday soiree season begins…

 

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Styling products? Check!

 

It’s a given that the candy aisle is my kryptonite – but since I’m trying to keep conscious of holiday calories, dried fruit and water will be my candy and beverage of choice this season (baby steps…LOL)

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Snacks for on the go? (The candy aisle gets me every time!) But at least I can get some points using my Balance Rewards card.

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Can’t forget this…YIKES!

 

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Definitely looking for a new holiday shade for this week…
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Brrr… It’s definitely time to cover up these legs…

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I just ran into these cute travel tags! Only at Duane Reade!

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What I’m here for! A girl is in need for a few new lipstick shades…

 

Now I’m off with the perfect shade of lipsticks and nail polish, I’m all set to checkout!  One thing that I love about Duane Reade is their friendly staff always make it easy to check out and get the discounts you deserve, with your  Balance Rewards card.  Even if I misplace my card or don’t have it with me, as long as I can remember my telephone number they can pull up my account and apply my discount with no problem!  Gotta love customer service!

 

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Time to check out! A girl’s gotta go before I buy up the entire store!

 

Check out my full shopping experience here.  To find the closest Duane Reade, check out their store locator. Need additional personalized help? Follow @duanereade #DReade on twitter or visit the hashtag #DRHappyandHealthy anytime to see what the other Duane Reade VIPs find. You can also follow along on Facebook and the Duane Reade Youtube Channel.

“I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. All opinions are entirely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric

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