3 Yoga Moves to Quickly Improve Posture & Flexibility

Over the last year, I’ve been seeing a chiropractor to correct some lower back and hip issues. Today Stayfree has sponsored our post and has encouraged me to share some ways I’ve been able to benefit from yoga. My chiropractor instructed me do was a prescribed set of daily yoga exercises to enhance flexibility and strengthen my core. I wasn’t convinced at first that such small movements would change much but I have seen amazing improvement. Especially when I do them on a regular basis.yoga moves The 3 recommended poses my chiro recommended were easy to do and didn’t require a ton of space. This meant I could practice them easily throughout the day during a work break or when I traveled. I could tell a difference in my sleep and less tightness in my lower back within just a couple of weeks. Curious to know which ones they were? Ok, I’ll share 🙂

3 Yoga Moves to Quickly Improve Posture & Flexibility

1. Dog Tilt Pose

2. Balancing TableTop

3. Plank /Low plank

I was amazed at how quickly my posture improved and my flexibility increased. I am still visiting my chiropractor but less frequently and am able to schedule more time in between visits now. Because I have really been able to appreciate how yoga helps the whole body I wanted to add other poses in too. Last week I shared the Stayfree promotion in partnership with Gaiam TV. I’ve been able to access FREE online yoga classes for 30 days- it’s still going on! You  can sign up until March 12, 2015 (click here for more info!) I really like that that it has examples & explanations of each pose. Since I’m training for a half marathon coming up soon adding in strength and flexibility really so important.

Do you practice yoga? At home or in a class? What is your favorite pose? 

Eating for Heart Health : Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

chicken tacos for heart health

Cold weather instantly puts me in a mood to hibernate and cook up some delicious comfort food. Thoughts of home cooking and memories flood back, right? The only problem with this is that several of those comfort foods we all love aren’t as kind to our heart health (or our waistline) as we would hope for. Because I’ve made a commitment to better health, I started looking for recipes that were warm and comforting and heart healthy too.

Campbell’s partnership with the American Heart Association has made it easy for me. Campbell Soup Company has an entire selection of recipes designated as American Heart Association Certified. I was excited to see that several of them are family favorites that have been modified to fit guidelines of better eating habits. One of our recent family favorites has been Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos. pictured above.  Be sure to check out all the heart healthy recipes at  www.campbellskitchen.com.

Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

There are rewards to taking care of your heart too! Campbell is encouraging everyone to Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes! Have you entered yet? You have the  chance to win a variety of daily prizes – from heart-healthy products to bakeware and kitchen utensils – throughout American Heart Month (February). Campbell is also giving away a grand prize trip for two to the luxurious Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ!!!

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Enter for a chance to win by visiting www.addressyourheart.com now!

I would love to know what your favorite heart healthy meal is- Tell me in the comments below!

This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company

30 Days of Free My Yoga with Stayfree

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Ya know those really hectic weeks, where life just seems to take everything you’ve got? I’ve had one of those weeks. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was but something like that was just off. I needed a little time to regroup. Unfortunately, my schedule wasn’t allowing for much downtime. I just knew I needed to find a little calm in the all the crazy.

Stayfree Yoga

I was out running errands at my favorite store & picking up a few essentials. I noticed Stayfree was offering 30 days of FREE yoga classes online with a membership to My Yoga on Gaiam TV when you purchase any Stayfree product either online or in-store.  I placed those in the cart & took this as my sign to regroup to find the calm that I was desperately needing.

30 Days of Free My Yoga with Stayfree

StarFree Calm Yoga

Once the kiddos were in bed, I decided to practice some yoga at home. Signing up was super easy, all you have to do is upload an image of your receipt to redeem your 30-day free subscription .

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There were lots of classes to choose from and I loved that I could do it from home. Having a limited amount of free time requires some prioritizing. Thanks to Stayfree I can stay calm, cool and collected even when things feel a little crazy. Look for Stayfree products tomorrow when you are out shopping to get your 30 days of free yoga too!

We all have crazy days- So tell me, What do YOU do to stay Calm, Cool, & Collected? 

WIN with The Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company
Campbells Soup Address Your Heart Every Day

February is the month for addressing all matters of the heart. In addition to the roses and romance of Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart month. Now is the perfect time to consider what steps you can take to improve your health and keep your heart as healthy as possible.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States , and with risk factors steadily on the rise, it has never been more important for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I’ve joined a 90 day challenge to eat healthier and exercise daily. I have a group of people holding me accountable. It is so important that we take time to address our heart health everyday. It really is the cumulative total of several small changes that make the biggest impact on our overall health.

Campbell Soup Company is dedicated to helping women care for their hearts by providing delicious, heart-healthy foods and recipes as part of their continued support of the American Heart Association. They have a variety of products that feature the American Heart Association check mark making it easy to select heart healthy foods when shopping.

Campbell's Soup Address your Heart Pinterest Sweepstakes

Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest Sweepstakes

To encourage women in the quest for better health, Campbell Soup Company is launching the Address Your Heart with Campbell’s Pinterest sweepstakes to encourage small steps towards making heart-healthy lifestyle choices every day. Daily prizes will be given out as well as  a grand prize trip for two to the luxurious Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ! (Personally, I have my fingers crossed for that one!) You can enter for your chance to win by visiting www.addressyourheart.com, simply completing the entry form and clicking “submit”. To get more inspiration for heart healthy recipes follow @CampbellKitchen on Pinterest and pin your favorites from the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pinterest board.

What steps are you taking to ensure your best possible heart health? Comment below and tell me which @CampbellKitchen recipe is your favorite.

6 Items Every Gym Bag Needs to Have #TryDry

6 items every gym bag needs to haveProduct disclosureNow that the holidays are over and we are back to our regular workouts, let’s talk about what’s in your gym bag! No matter if I am working out in the early hours, getting in a workout over lunchtime or squeezing in activity before the day is done, I don’t like to lug around a lot of extras in my bag. That being said, I do believe there are a few items that are essential for any gym bag to have. Here are 6 of the most important items my gym bag contains. dry spray

 

Dry Spray Antiperspirants : Dry Spray Antiperspirants are an essential in my gym bag because of the Texas heat. I’ll often leave my gym bag in the car for convenience. One day, I went to pull my things out of my bag and my stick antiperspirant had melted on everything in my bag. It was NOT an easy clean up and some items were completely ruined. Since then, I have been packing Degree dry spray antiperspirants in our gym bags. I like there is a separate scent for both my husband and myself with great effectiveness for both of us. They also are instantly dry and leaving no residue to get on clothing if I am going out to dinner or to a lunch meeting after the gym.

Water bottles : Hydration is super important. Having plenty of H20 throughout your day is essential. You will always want to have a way to hydrate before and after a workout too!

Shoes : Good running shoes can change your life! Seriously. Having shoes that support you in the right way for the right activity can mean the difference between continued workouts or taking weeks off to heal from an injury.

Socks : I would never have believed that socks could play such an important part of working out until I purchased a few pairs of good running socks. The moisture wicking and extra cushion really help to keep my feet dry and prevent blisters.

Weights & a Yoga Mat : Having a pair of weights in your bag can allow you to workout anywhere. If it’s a beautiful day- enjoy it and workout outside. You will soak up some vitamin D and improve your mood all at the same time. I’m sometimes bothered by different types of grasses, so packing a yoga mat allows me to do any groundwork I need to get done without concern.

These items are ones I always keep in my gym bag. If you would like to try the new Dry Sprays for yourself you can get a sample by clicking the picture below. You will want these for your gym bag too! #TRYDRY

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What do you consider essential in YOUR gym bag?

 Thanks again to Global Influence for providing product and compensation for todays discussion!