Ideas To Workout On A Budget

Exercise is important for anyone. Keeping fit and active is good for both your physical health and your mental well being. Unfortunately, exercise can be an expensive hobby. Gym memberships and all the fitness gear you need can soon add up. If you’re on a budget, you might think that fitness isn’t accessible for you, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ideas to help you stay fit, without breaking the bank. 

Ideas To Work Out On A Budget

Workout With Friends

Do you have friends with similar fitness goals to you who are also on a tighter budget? Form an exercise group together and meet up a few times a week to work out. Choose free spaces like the local park or a high school for a run, the community pool for a swim, or someone’s home to do fitness videos together. Make things fun by working out together and then doing something like having coffee together afterward. You’ll feel more motivated, without spending more money. 

Buy A Deck Of Cards

You can create lots of workout routines using a deck of cards and bodyweight exercises. Assign a move to a suit in the deck, such as push-ups for clubs, crunches for hearts, burpees for spades, and squats for diamonds. Shuffle the deck and turn over a card. If you reveal a four of diamonds, do four squats. For the eight of clubs, do eight crunches. Assign numbers to picture cards as you would for number based card games. Keep flipping cards over until you’ve finished the deck, or can’t keep going any longer, for a fun twist on mixing up a workout with no need for equipment. 

Look For Free Passes

Many gyms offer free or discounted trial passes. Sign up for these to get access to classes or the gym equipment. Set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget to cancel before you get charged. This can also work if you do want to sign up for a class. You can try a few to find the right one for you without wasting money on classes you don’t enjoy. 

If you do want to join a gym, free passes are also a good way to try a few out so you can find the best one for you and shop around for the right price to help you find a membership that you can afford. Ask your friends if their gym offer guest passes, so you can try their gym for free too. 

Don’t Buy Equipment

You don’t need a lot of fitness equipment to get an effective workout. You can work out for free at home by doing body weight exercises like push-ups, squats, and crunches. Get your cardio in by dancing to your favorite song, or running up and down the stairs. There are plenty of benefits of doing cardio at home, as it won’t cost you a thing and can be fitted in whenever you have a spare few minutes. Use Youtube videos to guide you and get a real workout without leaving the house. 

Take Part In Corporate Wellness

More and more companies are beginning to invest in the health of their staff. Many companies have deals with local gyms for discounted memberships for their staff, and some may even provide classes at the office, such a morning yoga session before the workday starts. This is great for you, as you can save money, and it works for your company, as healthier staff need less time off ill. See if the company you work for offers anything like this. If they don’t, why not suggest it? 

Go Outside

Lots of parks have outdoor workout equipment in them that you can use for free. See if your local park has anything like this. You can also do lots of exercises outside without paying anything. Go for a walk, or do hill runs. Take up jogging. If you own a bike, go for a bike ride. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, go for a run on the sand. Sand is harder to run on, so it will work you even harder. You can swim in the sea too for a whole-body workout. 

Invest In A Kettlebell

Kettlebells are a very effective tool for a workout and are ideal for use at home. For most home workouts, you only need one kettlebell, making them a cheaper option than buying a set of dumbbells. You can add a kettlebell to many body weight moves to add resistance to make the move harder. The other advantage of a kettlebell is that it is small and easy to store at home, or put in the car to take with you for an outdoor workout. 

Make DIY Weights

If you’re on a tight budget but still want to add weights to a workout, you can make your own weights with ordinary things from around the house. Use heavy tins or bottles. Save gallon milk jugs and fill them with water to make them heavy. You can adjust the weight by changing how much water you put in. Who needs dumbbells? 

Buy a Used Bike

Secondhand bikes often turn up on eBay, Craiglist, and Facebook marketplace. Keep an eye out for one in reasonable condition at a good price. Cycling is great exercise, and once you’ve bought the bike, doesn’t have to cost you a thing. If you can afford to, replace the saddle for a new one for a comfier ride. 

Take Inspiration From Influencers

There are lots of fitness influencers on YouTube and Instagram, lots of whom post workouts that you can do at home with minimal equipment, whether you want to do yoga or a HIIT session. Try a few different influencers to find a few that you like and follow them to get new ideas. Search for things like ‘at home workouts’ ‘body weight exercises’, and similar terms to find workouts you can do. 

Shop Second-hand and Cheap

Look out for fitness equipment on selling sites. Things like weights often turn up used after someone has lost interest in their fitness kick, so you can easily furnish your home gym without spending too much. If you prefer new, buy cheaper equipment. For example, resistance bands are generally cheap and can be used for a wide range of exercises. Jump ropes can be used for a fun cardio workout, and are very reasonably priced. 

Before buying any new workout equipment, have a look in the garage or the attic fist. Lots of us have old exercise equipment we’ve forgotten about. What do you have already that can be used or repurposed? That old step from the steps aerobics fad can be used as a weight bench and a step for cardio. The weights your husband bought and never used can be dusted off and used for you. Ask your friends and family if they’re clearing out old fitness equipment, and see if they have anything that you could make use of. 

Use Your Phone

Many phones have fitness trackers built into them now, and even if they don’t there are dozens of free apps out there. You can use fitness and diet apps to track your speed and distance on a run, time intervals for a HIIT workout, or monitor your calorie intake. Apps like this are usually free, so you can track your fitness without shelling out premium apps or expensive kit like GPS watchers or fitness tracking devices. 

There are even some free apps that can guide you through a workout, such as plans to improve your push-up skills, or apps that teach you a yoga pose a day. 

Walk More

Walking is good exercise, and is easy for most people to do. Find ways to fit more walking into your day. Get off the bus a stop early on your way to work and walk the rest of the way. Go out for a walk on your lunch break or after work in the evenings. Plan a long walk at the weekend with the family or a friend. If you can, walk to the local shop instead of driving there when you run out of milk. Park further away from wherever you’re going so you can squeeze in more steps without really noticing it. Ask your friend with a dog if you can join them for their dog-walks, or offer to dogsit when they go away, so you have to get out for a walk. If you like dogs, you could also offer your services in the local area as a dog-walker, so you can walk more and earn some extra cash at the same time. 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to be able to stay fit, healthy, and active. Incorporating being more active into your daily routine, and making the most of what you have can all go a long way to helping you stay healthy. Enjoy exercise without making too big a dent in your wallet. 

How To Lose Weight Safely And Gradually

Feeling unhappy and uncomfortable in your skin is something you have experienced for many years now. As a woman you want nothing more than to feel confident and strong when it comes to your appearance. Whether you’re looking to improve your mental health or tone up your body, it is so important to address all areas of your health if you want to lose weight. Going on a quick crash diet won’t solve your long term issues with your weight, so you need to adopt a safe and gradual strategy. There are so many fad diets out there that aren’t good for your health, so now is the time to adopt safer ones that will benefit you in the long run.

How to Lose Weight Safely and Gradually

Look Into Supplements

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Getting Clean and Safe Water When Supply is Limited

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These are definitely uncertain times we’re living in right now. It’s almost like being in a science fiction movie, isn’t it? Due to COVID-19, our state has ordered all residents to shelter in place. Many other states are also ordering people to do the same.

In Michigan, this means that we are expected not to leave our homes unless we’re getting groceries, seeking medical attention, aiding a family member, or working in an essential field. Our governor has also requested that people get groceries delivered when possible. For nearly three days, I tried to order groceries. A lot of the supplies I had requested were out of stock, which was very frustrating. I quickly learned that water is one of the essentials that seems to be in shortest supply. How can we find clean and safe water when supply is so limited? I had to get resourceful with other options.

Water filtration systems are a great thing to have in your house, whether you’re in quarantine or not. It’s much more cost effective than purchasing countless jugs or bottles of spring water. In addition, it’s also far better for our environment. Less plastic in our landfills is much better for our planet.

When water is in short supply, water filtration systems allow you to make plenty for your family! I was even able to fill up a few jugs of water for family and neighbors who weren’t able to get any from the local grocery store.

I’ve used many filtration systems, but my favorite by far is the Aquasana Clean Water Machine. I actually love this machine so much, after I reviewed mine, I purchased one for my mother.

Aquasana Clean Water Machine effectively purifies one gallon of water at a time. I love that it removes 99% of lead and asbestos, as well as 96% of chlorine, chloramines and 73 other harmful contaminants.

In addition, it removes:

  • HEAVY METALS– like lead and mercury
  • CYSTS– that resist chlorine like giardia and cryptosporidium
  • ORGANIC CHEMICALS– like herbicides, pesticides and VOCs
  • PHARMACEUTICALS– like estrone and ibuprofen

For Alkaline water fans, Aquasana Clean Water Machine reduces acidic compounds and preserves naturally occurring minerals that improve water alkalinity and overall pH levels for optimally hydrating water.

The Aquasana Clean Water Machine is very easy to use. I’ll admit that I was intimidated by how impressive it looks. But it’s really very simple! Just fill the pitcher, place back into the filter dock, and the Aquasana Clean Water Machine will filter the water for you in about 30 seconds.

Here’s a informative video that shows you just how easy the Aquasana Clean Water Machine is to use:

The Aquasana Clean Water Machine is a good investment for you home, family, and health. Clean water helps our bodies operate at optimum capacity. This machine has been a life saver and made it possible for my family to get clean water while there’s been a massive shortage. We will continue to use Aquasana because it’s economically and environmentally smart. I highly recommend this for your household as well.

For More on Aquasana: Website

The Best New Products For Women’s Health

The Best New Products For Women's Health
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It’s a brand new year and a chance to feel better than ever before! Because well-being and fitness are important to me, I love discovering new products that support women’s health.

I wear lots of hats as a wife, mom, daughter, and working mom. Most days leave me feeling drained and exhausted. It’s important that I have products in my life that help me look and feel my very best. 

I’m excited to share with some of my recent finds! Whether you’re a college student, stay-at-home mom, beloved Nana or a corporate mama, there’s something for every woman at every age.

For most of my life, I’ve struggled with the exact opposite of gorgeous hair. Naturally, I have very fine hair without much volume. After my son was born, I actually ended up losing a lot of hair! After that, I knew I needed to find a supplement that could help improve my hair.

I was really excited to check out Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies. I love the super cute heart shape, and the summer strawberry flavor is tasty! Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies are vegan, gluten-free, gelatin-free, and contain zero artificial flavors. 

Vegamour Love Struck Biotin Gummies are comprised of a special blend of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair, starting from the scalp and encouraging hair growth. Made of a power-packed blend of biotin, folic acid, B-5,6,12, Vitamin A,C, and E. These were incredibly gentle on my stomach and I could even take them on an empty stomach!

Low carb diets are very popular right now. Whether it’s Keto, South Beach, Paleo – many people are switching to a low carb way of life and reaping the benefits. My husband and I follow the Keto diet which can sometimes leave us feeling fatigued, especially when our electrolytes are out of whack. Ultima Replenisher has become a daily essential for me!

I can’t stress enough how well this product works! After a workout or a hot day, this is the perfect “pick me up,” as it replenishes electrolytes lost. Ultima Replenisher is vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, caffeine free, peanut/soy free, and sweetened with organic stevia. Simply add the packet to your bottled water, shake, and enjoy. I highly recommend the Cherry Pomegranate flavor, so delicious!

Rosebud Woman is a family-owned business that puts great care into the products they create. Every feminine health item they make is plant-based and gentle for skin. I also love that when I purchase from Rosebud Woman, a portion of their proceeds are donated to vetted non-profits who are supporting women and their families. 

I highly recommend Honor Regenerating Balm! It’s a great balm for women of any age, very gentle and nourishing for the most intimate skin. Honor Regenerating Balm improves skin resilience and accelerates skin repair. This has helped me greatly since becoming a mom. Applying Honor Regenerating Balm before baby helps reduce the risk of tearing during delivery. For current moms, it will promote faster healing after giving birth. For menopausal women, this will help greatly with frequent dryness. I recommend using this nightly to revitalize intimate skin, or it can also be used 10 minutes before a sensual encounter. 

Many of us need a little help getting our “groove” back after we’ve had children or reached a certain age. Arouse Stimulating Serum has definitely become one of my go-to products. If you’ve been feeling a lack of sensation, it will help enhance any sensual encounter. Using a natural stimulant, Spilanthes Acmella, it will deliver a gentle tingle to the most intimate areas. This luxurious serum stimulates, lubricates, plumps and tingles! 

These days, I’ve got plenty of aches and pains. I’d been searching for a natural source of pain relief instead of constantly reaching for the bottle of aspirin. I’ve heard wonderful feedback from friends that tried CBD products for pain relief. I loved getting to check out Muscle MX CBD Balm, it worked fantastic for me! Muscle MX CBD Balm is THC-free and made in the USA with all-natural ingredients.

Muscle MX CBD Balm Activate works at the start of your day, apply first thing when you wake up. Muscle MX CBD Balm Activate will help prevent any pain later in the day. I love to use this on the back of my calves and lower back.

Muscle MX CBD Balm Recovery is the perfect remedy for sore muscles. My husband swears by this stuff after a long day at work! It’s icy cool and feels so soothing anywhere I’m feeling tension or pain.

For additional muscle relief, the Rykr Roll is a unique handheld massager that gently applies accupressure to muscles. I love using Rykr Roll on my feet, calves, arms, back, and temples! Self massage is an effective method of pain relief that doesn’t involve costly pills or prescriptions with dangerous side effects.

Rykr Roll works on muscles to increase oxygen flow and improve blood circulation. In addition to relief for sore muscles, Rykr Roll also works to relieve symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these new and exciting women’s health products! Let’s make 2020 the year that we feel our best! What products have you been enjoying this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

For More on These Great Companies and Products:

Rykr Roll: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Muscle MX CBD: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Ultima Replenisher: Website / Facebook / Twitter

Vegamour: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Rosebud Woman: Website / Facebook / Instagram

Where To Buy Keto Treats?

Where to BUY Keto Treats

I want to share with you a company that makes and delivers KETO TREATS right to your door. Keto…what?  If you haven’t heard of the Keto diet, what rock have you been hiding under? 

At the beginning of a new year, everyone is always on a DIET, and the KETO DIET is probably the most popular one.  Some of my friends last year were raving about the Keto Diet and a lot lost weight. I’ve never been a diet type of person, even though I should be, but the Keto diet did pique my interest. 

What is the KETO DIET?

LOW CARB, that is the keto diet.  The body produces ketones in the liver to used as energy. When you eat high carbs, your body produces glucose and insulin. Then when you lower your carbs, the body goes into the ketosis stage. 

Ketosis is the natural process when food intake is low. The goal of the Keto diet is to go into the metabolic state. Which okay, I get it a little, and if you want to know all the Keto medical jargon, then do a google search, but for today I want to talk about Keto Treats! I need treats in my life!

Keto Treats

Let me introduce you to EXPLORADO MARKET & FAT FIT GO- a full production keto/low-carb kitchen + grocery store + bakery in Fort Collins, Colorado. But no worries if you don’t live in Fort Collins, you can still their yummy keto treats! 

Now the keto diet has been around for a while, and Kendra and Rob Bensen started a blog with a focus on Paleo & Keto recipes, meal plans, and biohacking tips. Then they created their own kitchen, and Explorado Market was born. I love how they took something that changed their life and wanted to share with others. 

Where to buy Keto Treats- Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh my, the soft batch chocolate chip cookies are amazing!  All of their baked goods are made in gluten and peanut-free facility. The bakery is 100% Keto/Paleo. There is NO: grain, gluten, peanuts, soy, legumes of any kind, sugar, maltodextrin, sucralose. 

The ingredients: 

  • Allulose
  • Almond Flour
  • Explorado Market Chocolate Chips
  • Almond Butter
  • Eggs
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Soda
  • Redmond Salt

The best part is the when they ship the products, the freshness of the soft batch cookies is good for three months on the shelf (after you get them), six months in a fridge, and one year frozen. They are individually packaged. By the way, this would make an excellent gift for the Keto Dieter.  

We highly recommend the Keto Sweet Sampler Pack which you get:

Where to buy Keto Treats - Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Chocolate Chips Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Double Chocolate Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Cinnamon Roll-Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Cranberry Orange Soft Batch Cookies
  • (2) Strawberry Lime Fat Fit Go Sachets
  • (2) Premium Chocolate Fat Fit Go Sachets
  • (2) Keto Chocolate Chip Sachets

Let’s talk about this Strawberry Lime Fat Go packets– OMFG YUM! My daughter grabbed up this real quick and ate it at school as a snack with her apples. The ingredients: Blanched Roasted Almonds, Cocoa Butter, MCT Oil, Erythritol, Strawberries, Redmond Real Salt, Stevia, and Cold-Pressed Lime Oil.

Keto Treats- Nut butter and Chocolate Chips
Keto Treat-Nut Butter and Chocolate Chips

The packets are easy to throw in your purse, diaper bag, or keep in the car for when you need a keto treat! You can eat it straight from the packet, use it as a topping, or add it to a smoothie. 

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please go to https://www.exploradomarket.com/ and check out their products (they ship), or if you are ever in the Fort Collins, CO area, then please visit the Keto Bakery and small Keto grocery store.  You won’t be disappointed! 


By the way please check out my post about WEEKENDS! Also please comment on what KETO TREATS you like.

Feel Confident And Flirty In Your Clothes

No matter your size and shape, you should feel beautiful in your own clothes. Add a little flirty flair and you’re ready to rock your day! I feel like finding the perfect fit or a comfortable fit can be a struggle, especially since my body changes weekly! No matter what, it’s important to feel confident and flirty in your clothes! 

Feel Confident And Flirty In Your Clothes
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skinnytees was kind and generous enough to send me some beautiful styles to try! As a single mom, I like to dress comfortably. Even though I work from home, I still run errands, go to doctor’s appointments, etc. It’s nice feeling and looking great in my clothes.

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Baby Steps to a Healthier You

Health. Working out. A balanced diet. A bunch of words that sometimes is difficult to digest. Of course everyone wants to be healthy and in shape. We also want to eat fabulously tasting meals everyday. Overall that ‘Healthier YOU‘ lifestyle is what almost every human being strives for.

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Here’s the real ‘tea’. Life is chaotic and our minds keep pushing its own personal agenda of ‘you don’t have time’. This chubby girl is here to you ‘That’s an excuse.’ There is always time to be healthy.

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How I Bossed Up with LadyBoss Protein Shakes

If you’re like me, you hate the latest diet fads. Foods that taste like cardboard, strange powders, and powdery protein shakes that are hard to drink. Let’s dive into LadyBoss Protein Shakes and why you need to try them!

LadyBoss Lean Protein Shakes - Make the Shake
LadyBoss Lean Protein Shakes – Make the Shake
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Not Another Diet Fad – A Protein Shake that Mean Business

Well LadyBoss is none of those! LadyBoss is full system of products; protein shakes and supplements especially designed for women. I tried the LadyBoss Lean protein shake and it tastes great. That’s right, I said it tastes great! LadyBoss Lean comes in Let Them Eat Cake, a delicious Birthday cake inspired flavor. I was very pleasantly surprised. There was no chalky texture, the shake was creamy easy to make.

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Cool Upgrades Moms Want And Need

As moms, we are usually the last to upgrade or buy new things for ourselves. When it comes to new clothes and such, my son is the first to get new clothing and shoes, meanwhile, my shoes are a couple of years old. However, my son is growing like crazy, so it seems he needs new clothes once or twice a year. We found some cool upgrades moms want and need! 

Cool Upgrades Moms Want And Need
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Moms, let’s face it. We love spending time with our families and when we are out and about running errands, or just spending the day away from home, we like to stay connected. Our kids may or may not have their own tablets and we have our smartphones. We are a generation that uses electronics. 

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Orzo Summer Salad

When summer rolls around, I am reminded that I don’t eat as much as I normally do. It’s usually too hot to eat such heavy and filling meals! I am always looking for light and healthy meals to make for summer, or any time throughout the year! Get ready for a fun and easy recipe for Orzo Summer Salad!

Orzo Summer Salad

When I was growing up, I used to love summer. We had a pool in our backyard, so we would swim almost every day! It was such a great way to have fun and cool off!  Now that I am an adult, I dislike the heat. I stay indoors as much as possible because the heat is so bothersome to me. 

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