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Those leftover pregnancy pounds and weak muscles are discouraging to any mom, even if it has been years since you had your last kid. You know that you should exercise, but there doesn’t seem to be an effective way to fit it in. There’s no secret formula to being physically fit, but if you try some practical advice you can discover what works for you.

Make a Commitment

You’re not going to get any more motivated by trying to do a couple of aimless workouts and then feeling guilty when you can’t keep up the routine. Do yourself a favor and make a clear commitment with goals and a plan before you start a fitness regimen.

Set Realistic Goals

In order to change your lifestyle, you’ll need goals that are motivating but realistic. Don’t shoot to lose twenty pounds in the next month. Your goals don’t even need to be related to your weight or pant size. A different approach is committing to frequency. If you commit to twenty minutes of exercise four days a week after doing none, your physique will change in the way you want it to. If you find end goals inspiring, sign up for a fun event like a 5k run.

Include Your Kids

Not only will you be creating a healthier lifestyle for you, but you will be teaching your kids the value of fitness. It will also be more fun. Your activities can change depending on the age of your kids. Go for power walks with the stroller, take family bike rides, walk the dog together, play catch or tag at the park, participate with a yoga video together, or run laps around the field while your child is at soccer practice.

Short Sessions

Ideally you might want an hour-long work out, but sometimes it’s just not feasible. If you can get your heart rate up for ten minutes at a time, you will effectively burn some calories and build some strength. Fitting three ten-minute sessions or two fifteen-minutes sessions into a day is a lot more realistic for some people than one thirty-minute session.

Mix It Up

While you should build fitness into your daily routine, you will almost certainly get bored and lose motivation if you are always doing the same workouts. Always be looking for something new. Try indoor and outdoor sessions, resistance training, cardio, relaxation exercises, and workouts of varying intensity. This will keep you excited about you routine and help you work out your whole body.

Include Your Friends

You probably don’t get enough time to socialize anyway, so consider the benefits of having workout buddies. You will have more fun and will be more motivated when working out with your friends. It’s also a great way to make new friends. Join a fitness class or a club, or plan to run a charity race together. Working out is also a great way to spend time with your significant other.

Reward Yourself

You deserve a reward when you meet your goals. Being more fit is a reward in itself, but don’t feel bad about treating yourself to a shopping trip or a new outfit. Congratulate yourself, you’ve worked hard!

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DIY Homestead Spa – 10 Steps To Pamper Yourself At Home

A lush towel and robe. Aromatherapy. Soothing music. And some body pampering! Welcome to your DIY homestead spa. It couldn’t be easier! We’ll show you how. Take these 10 simple steps to completely relax and spoil yourself regularly.

DIY Homestead Spa Step 2: Essential Oil Diffuser and/or pretty candles to set the perfect mood.Step 1: Stay Hydrated With Lemon Water

Prepare a small pitcher of lemon water to drink while you soak in the tub (We’re getting to that). Lemon water is rich in vitamin C, hydrates you, aids in digestion, may improve skin tone, and even supports weight loss.

Step 2: Get That Essential Oil Diffuser Workin’

Diffusers are great for transforming the average bathroom into your own personal spa. Keep a handful of essential oils on hand that you find soothing and great for relaxing. Yes, you can use candles instead. Better yet, light some unscented candles even if you a diffuser to create the perfect atmosphere for your homestead spa.

DIY Homestead Spa - Use a soft cloth to remove your face mask.Step 3 : Prepare Your Bath

Not just a plain bath! Step up the spoil factor with a bath bomb, liquid bubble bath, an herbal pouch, etc.

Step 4: Play Some Tunes

I love sound therapy for my homestead spa time. It’s so relaxing! You choose whatever music or sounds give you a sense of calm and help you enjoy the entire experience. Remember, it’s all about you, gorgeous farmgirl!

DIY Homestead Spa Step 7: Soak in a bubby, scented bath.Step 5: Face Mask Time

As the bathtub fills up, deep clean your face and neck with a seaweed mask. This is especially important to do if you’ve been out in the sunlight all day. Put your hair up in a towel or bun and gently smooth on the mask. If you don’t have seaweed mask handy, that’s okay. Use what you’ve got! Clay masks are also fantastic for removing toxins and smoothing the skin. Even a mashed avocado makes a great face mask!

Step 6: Deep Breathing

Take a deep breath in, allowing the abdomen to expand gently. Hold it for a moment or two before exhaling. Repeat 5 times. This will lower your blood pressure, relax your muscles and prepare you for the goodness to come. This is YOUR homestead spa time. Your “me time.”

DIY Homestead Spa Step 3 - Prepare your bath with salts, bombs, or herbal soaks.Step 7: Sink Into Your Luxurious Bath

Remember to relax and take your time. Don’t think about anything but the scents, sounds, and the way your body feels. Exfoliate with a loofah or sugar scrub. Use a bath pillow to lay back and be absolutely still for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. For the best results soak for about 20-25 minutes. Pat yourself dry, but don’t rub all the moisture off! You’ll need it for the next step.

Step 8: Moisturize Your Skin

Immediately choose your favorite body butter fragrance or natural lotion. Your moist skin will drink it in and leave your skin softer than ever. Massage the body butter or lotion in, especially in any areas showing cellulite (Yeah, I’m there with ya). Don’t forget your feet and hands. We farming, gardening gals are on our feet and use our hands a LOT. That’s why we call it a homestead spa. Now wrap yourself up in the warmth of a comfy bath robe.

Step 9: Remember That Face Mask?

Wash off the mask gently with a soft cloth and warm water. Some like to finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores. You do what works best for your skin, but don’t forget to moisturize and use an anti-aging serum.

Step 10: Finish Your Lemon Water

Before you re-enter real life, finish your lemon water! This keeps the cycle of detoxifying in motion, and you’ll be hydrated from the inside out. Slip into bed. Read a book, magazine or write a passage in your journal. What a restorative evening!


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