Fitness: Build Strength and Endurance with a Running Circuit

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Looking for a convenient total-body workout that will get you in great shape for summer? Try a running circuit. ¿Running qué? A running circuit combines my favorite endurance activity running, which I recommend in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox, and my go-to muscle-building routine circuit training which I describe in Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training. How does it […]

July 4th/Holiday Fitness: 3 Ways to Stay Active This Summer

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Traveling this 4th of July weekend? Don’t forget to put physical activity on the itinerary! While vacation is great for your spirit, it can be hard on your fitness routine. I used these tips to fit in a workout every day last week while traveling abroad with students: Natalie’s Travel Fitness Tips Build activity into your vacation plans: Skip the tourist bus and […]

Fitness: Obesity a Recognized Disease, Prevention is Key! Stay Active All Summer With a Pool Workout

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Summer is officially here–grab your sunscreen and shades, head to the pool. The American Medical Association announced this week that obesity is now recognized as a “chronic disease” and not simply a “major public health problem.” Prevent obesity by staying active all year round and in the warm weather, jump in for a refreshing pool workout.  Summer heat is […]

Father’s Day Fitness: 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities

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Instead of getting your papi a tie this Father’s Day, invest in the health of the entire familia by staying active while spending quality time together. Share the love, get fit, and create memories with one of my family-friendly options: Natalie’s 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities Team sports: Instead of watching Dad‘s favorite sport, play it! Level the playing field so that everyone can […]

Fitness: 4 Reasons to Try Canoeing this Summer

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An Oklahoma native, I am no stranger to hot summer days. When temperatures rise, I stay motivated to move by choosing fun new activities that don’t feel like a workout. Last week when the thermostat hit 90, I moved my classroom to the canal where my students and I stayed cool and active canoeing. ¿Canoeing? ¿As […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Take a Hike

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Ever since walking in the woods as a girl scout, hiking has been one of my favorite fitness activities. You don’t need a 50 lb pack or mountain trails to participate in this sport. I love this definition from one of my 8th graders: “Hiking is taking a long walk because you want to.” This week, my students […]

Mental Health Month Fitness: 5 Exercise Ideas to Reduce Stress

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At one point while in school, I felt so overwhelmed and anxious in light of everything I needed to get done (¿sound familiar?) that I took an amigo‘s advice and met with a counselor. Her first question: have you been exercising regularly? ¿Why was this psychologist talking to me about fitness? May is Mental Health Month and we can significantly […]

Fitness: Build Muscle Anywhere with a Resistance Band

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Can’t make it to the gym? Take it with you! Resistance bands are lightweight and fit easily in your purse for a total body workout anytime, anywhere. Elastic strips designed to help you strengthen muscles, bands are easy to use, no matter your fitness level. Begin with light resistance and simple moves. As you learn the […]