Hydrate and Stretch this Summer!
Summer is in full swing and my kids are busy with sports camps and day camps. My son is doing a strength and conditioning camp and the first day after camp his legs were sore! I encouraged him to do some leg stretches to help loosen them up. I got to thinking there are lots of activities we do during the summer that might make our legs a bit sore. Going for hikes, riding bikes, playing sports, walking while sightseeing on vacation and more! A new physical activity video we have on Spend Smart. Eat Smart. that might be helpful when you have sore legs is our Lower Body Stretch. It can be done as a standalone stretch or done when the body is warmed up for a deeper stretch.
Trim Your Waistline and Your Budget – Three Simple Steps!
With the holidays behind us its time to find ways to trim some of those extra pounds and pay off some bills. It’s possible to eat healthier and stick to a budget. Here are three ways to trim your food spending without sacrificing good nutrition.
Drink Water – It’s Free and It Doesn’t Make You Fat
During the summer many of us grab drinks to take on walks, hikes, bike rides, picnics, cookouts, etc. Many times those drinks are loaded with sugar and calories. In fact, the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines indicate that added sugars contribute an average of 16% of the total calories in American diets. And 36% of those calories come from soda, energy drinks and sports drinks (see the chart below). That’s more than candy, ice cream, cakes, and cookies combined.
As the weather starts getting warmer, having something cold and tasty to drink is on my mind a lot. After taking my dog for a walk, playing with my son at the park, or working in the yard, I am thirsty for something cold. The water that comes out of the tap is just not cold enough, so what is a girl to do?
Why pay for something that is free?
Everyone knows staying hydrated is important, especially during periods of physical activity and in warmer weather. Most people agree that drinking water is better than buying soft drinks.
The weather is heating up and our humid Iowa summer is just around the corner. It’s easy to turn to sugary drink mixes, sports drinks and juice boxes in the summer because they’re convenient and tasty. The problem with these is that they can be really expensive and also high in sugar. Ads would have us think that whenever we sweat we need to have a sports drink to recover. Thirst is a sign that your body needs to be hydrated, but water will do the trick unless you are doing a super intense workout!
A Healthier Me in 2016: Water
This month on Spend Smart. Eat Smart. we have been talking about setting goals in the new year. To be completely honest, setting goals is really hard for me right now with a new baby at home. But, in the spirit of the new year, I am going to set a public goal and you can all hold me accountable for sticking with it.
Skip the Sugary Drinks
What are the go-to drinks around your house? I am wrapping up our series on the 5210 campaign this week with a look at sugary drinks.
How much water should you drink?
Written by Kathryn Standing
Stay Hydrated – Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
Written by Kathryn Standing