There’s no doubt that I live an active lifestyle.  I’m busy from before sunup until my head hits the pillow at night.  But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way (most days, at least).  It hasn’t always been that way though – I used to live quite a sedentary lifestyle.

Before I started working out, I was starting to gain a little weight and was feeling tired all the time.  I figured that was just because I was into my 30s now and that’s just kind of what happens.  I definitely didn’t have the energy to start exercising but my doctor suggested that might help with my energy level.  I wasn’t quite sure how using more energy would help increase energy but I was willing to give it a try.  That’s when I started walking and joined a local 5k.  I was very surprised by some of the people that were participating.  They weren’t all people that looked fit or looked like typical runners.  That made me think that maybe I could run too.  That lead me to a Couch to 5K program.  It wasn’t easy but I started running more frequently and actually started to have more energy and sleeping better at night.  At some point, I fell in love with running.  Even looking back, I can’t figure out when that happened but running gradually became a regular part of my life.  And now I can’t live without it!

It was amazing to see how much my running improved over time.  I started adding other workouts to my routine to strengthen my body and improve my running even more.  Over the years, I’ve done so many different workouts.  I’ve done everything from Body Pump to Piyo to yoga to P90x3 to spin and more.  There’s something about each of them that I really love!  Since I can’t do them all as much as I’d like, I have several of them in my regular rotation.  Staying active keeps my blood pumping and my body looking and feeling strong.

Now this part is for the ladies….

Being an active female has its own special challenges.  You know what I mean – that time of the month when we feel less than great or maybe even have to deal with PMS.  Did you know that there are several things you can do to potentially minimize the effects of PMS?  One of them is to get regular exercise and get plenty of sleep.   Eating complex carbs, fiber and protein and less sugar and fat can help.  Reducing your salt intake can help with bloating too.  Drinking less caffeine can help with the crankiness that some women feel (not you though, I’m sure :)).  Stayfree is part of my active life and helps me stay active while staying calm, cool, and collected during that time of the month.  With all of the different products that Stayfree offers, there’s a great selection to help keep you active too.  They will even help you stay active with 30 days of free yoga videos on Gaiam TV.  How cool is that?!?  Join me and take advantage of this great offer.  Read here for details.  Stayfree helps eliminate another excuse not to be active!

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