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10 Ways to Exercise Your Brain in 5 minutes or Less!

10 ways to exercise your brain in 5 minutes or less!

10 ways to exercise your brain in 5 minutes or less

Here at Real Advice Gal we talk about health a lot. Healthy eating, exercising, etc. But being healthy isn’t always about how many calories you consume, or how many squats you did this morning. We can’t forget about ways to exercise your brain! Making sure your brain is active is just as important as making sure your body is active. Exercise for your brain  will help you with your memory, reduce stress, and help you absorb information more easily. A win win in my book! Continue reading

January 1, 2014

Save Money on Exercise Equipment: Cheap Bosu Ball

Save Money on Exercise Equipment

Cheap Bosu Ball

cheap bosu ball

Save Money on Exercise Equipment Tip: Get a Cheap Bosu Ball

If you want to Save Money on Exercise Equipment, then the recommendation I received was to buy equipment that you can do a lot of exercises with (full body type workouts), and that are relatively inexpensive. I think the BOSU is probably my favorite piece of equipment, you can literally do over 100 different exercises with it, and it only cost about $100. Stability balls, medicine balls, jump ropes, xdriffts, trx, etc, you can buy all of these combined for probably $500, so instead of spending thousands on big time heavy weight stuff why not get a cheap BOSU ball. With the money you save, you can also buy a couple of dumb bells and you are good to go.Continue reading

January 1, 2014

Karla’s Success Weight Loss Story

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Success Weight Loss Story

Success Weight Loss

100 Miles of Lessons: New Year, New Me. A Success Weight Loss Story

Just over four years ago I walked into a 12 step program, sat down and listened as people shared their testimonies. There was no way I would be one of those people; or so I thought. As time went on I found the courage to stand up in front and share something so personal, so intensely painful and humiliating that I would sob all the way back to my chair. “Hello, my name is Karla and I am addicted to food….”

In those four years since I shared that horrible secret I have attempted to get control not only of my weight but the addiction that had crippled my spirit. I was broken and for a long time and wasn’t sure if I could repair the damage. I was scared, ashamed and sad. I was fat. But then something changed. I changed. Fifty-two days ago I received one of the best gifts I could ever receive. I was given the opportunity to begin a program to detox my physical body while at the same time beginning focusing on renewing my spirit. My life journey was about to take on a whole new path; one that would not only take away the weight that kept me down but that would renew and fill my spirit with confidence and peace. I had hope. Today I share with you my ongoing success weight loss story.Continue reading

Ask A Marathon Mommy: Victory!

Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.

“I tried my hand at being a work at home mom, but in 2009 I decided that being a stay at home mom is what works best for me and my family, at least for now. As my kids like to say, I’m “The Boss” of the family, which includes my husband of 9 years, two daughters (ages 4 and 6), and a giant goldfish named Princess Leia. My girls are beautiful and curious and wild and exhausting, and life is never, ever dull! I love reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping for bargains. I’m also training to run my first marathon in February 2013.”

Yesterday was my first ever half marathon. And guess what – I won! Okay, so technically the actual first place finisher was a shirtless 24 year old boy named Matt, who has 2% body fat and finished in 1:10:52. And technically, my finish time was more than twice that. And if we’re being ultra technical, I came in 640th place (out of 2000 finishers). But I set a goal for myself, and I met it. I pushed my body to do something I wasn’t sure it could do. And I crossed that finish line, blistered feet and all, with my head held high and tears of pride and relief in my eyes. And in my book, that makes me a winner. 26.2, here I come!

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Ask A Marathon Mommy: What to Wear?

Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.

“I tried my hand at being a work at home mom, but in 2009 I decided that being a stay at home mom is what works best for me and my family, at least for now. As my kids like to say, I’m “The Boss” of the family, which includes my husband of 9 years, two daughters (ages 4 and 6), and a giant goldfish named Princess Leia. My girls are beautiful and curious and wild and exhausting, and life is never, ever dull! I love reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping for bargains. I’m also training to run my first marathon in February 2013.”

My first half marathon is NEXT WEEK!!! I’m ridiculously excited! And, like most women preparing for a big event, I’ve got a very important topic on my mind: What Should I Wear?

I decided to ask for some advice. I started with my favorite fashion consultant – my six year old daughter. She recommended that I wear: “something new…something clean…and something awesome.” Got it. Next I asked my four year old. She suggested that I wear pink and that I try to look like “the runner that wins.” Ummm…okay, I’ll see what I can do about that.

With that helpful advice tucked under my FuelBelt, I went to my running group for input from some ladies who’ve been there. And there was lots of advice to go around. Here’s some of what I learned, starting from the ground up:

1. Running Shoes – Selecting the right shoes is a very personal process and sometimes requires a bit of trial and error. I went to a running store a few weeks ago and was professionally fitted for shoes. This process took about an hour and involved a various forms of measurement, a treadmill, and a video camera. I decided on a pair of Asics, which is actually what I was running in previously. I like that they are roomy in the toes. However, there are obviously tons of great brands. Just make sure you invest in a great pair. This is not the time to bargain shop. Trust me. Those words are not easy for me to type.Continue reading