It’s sadly been too long since our beach vacation, but I did discover the best beach towels ever before our last visit to my favorite place. They are from a company called Dock and Bay. The towels are ultra light and fast drying. Personally, I cannot stand coming out of the pool to find my towel is still wet from the last time I used it. It doesn’t get me dry or warm like that. I have bought too many towels over the years trying to find just the right ones. Finally, after way too much money and time, I think I’ve found it! They come in several sizes and shapes. They also come in a variety of colors. I love that they are soft to the touch and the colors are vibrant. Each towel comes in a canvas-type carrying case. We monogrammed the cases so we could keep up with whose was whose I also loved, loved, loved how they were packaged!! The plastic is biodegradable and says you could even eat it, but the directions say it doesn’t taste good so you shouldn’t. I just loved everything about these towels and the company. If you’re lucky enough to still have a vacation planned, go check out Dock and Bay Towels.
Every once in awhile, I’ll come across a workout channel or website that I really enjoy. Even though I work out at the gym almost everyday, I still like the option of doing workouts at home. Some mornings I will put on a Barre3 workout and go through one of their routines. They have so many options. There at 10, 30, and 60 minutes options. There are workouts with and without props.
Many Americans do not exercise enough and have sedentary jobs as well. The CDC states:
“Key Guidelines for Adults
All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.
For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalence combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.
For additional and more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalence combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity. Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond this amount.
Adults also should do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate- or high-intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.”
Barre3 is a great way for everyone to get in those recommended minutes of exercise. It can be done at home and there are modifications for most exercises if there are joint or mobility issues. Starting on June 18, they are offering free workouts sent to your inbox. All you have to do is register online here.
I’ll begin by saying, please check with your own doctor before beginning any exercise program. Please realize that correct form and proper rest are required for best results and in order to prevent injury. Immediately stop any exercise and seek medical attention if you feel pain, dizziness, faint, or can’t catch your breath. You are responsible for yourself and your health.
I have always loved working out. I even have my degree in health and education. As the new year rolls in, I know that many people make it a goal to get fit. Many people will join gyms and begin new routines. That is awesome and I actually love to see people trying to better their lives. One problem that hinders people who are not yet in the habit of regularly exercising is when life events get in the way it becomes easy to quit. When that baby is sick, or the in-laws visit, or the weather gets bad it’s easier to make an excuse because there’s no backup plan.
I want to give anyone out there a plan for those days or even for those who don’t have access to a gym. If you have any questions about any exercise, I would be happy to answer them. I am not, however, a personal trainer. I hold several exercise certifications, but personal trainer is not one.
This is a workout that you can do at home or at the gym. You can choose to do all or part of this workout. If you don’t have stairs, you can jog in place for 30-45 seconds instead.
Remember to rest, drink plenty of water, and stop when you need to.