4 Ways to Avoid the Post-Holiday Slump

4 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Slump (1)

After every holiday, I have this recurring problem. I find myself in a slump. It’s as if the busyness of the holiday, as well as the planning and set up and everything else that goes into it takes its toll, and I spend the next few days afterward making excuses: I need to catch up on my sleep, I … [Read more...]

Heart Rate Recovery

heart rate recovery

This past weekend while my team mates and I were walking, one of the ladies asked us a question that has been on her mind lately. That question is the topic of today's post.... How long should it take for your heart rate to return normal after an intense exercise session? I decided to do some … [Read more...]

31-Day Plank Challenge || Monthly Workout Calendar

31-Day Plank Challenge #shrinkingjeans #workoutcalendar #fitnesschallenge

July sounds like a great month for a plank challenge, doesn't it? Planks are an amazingly effective way to strengthen your core and tighten your abs, and they also benefit your shoulders, arms, and glutes! Planks require no special equipment and can be done anywhere! You know what that means... NO … [Read more...]

Dealing With Hip Pain: My Latest Setback

hip pain

Full disclosure: this is a little bit of a venting session. Sometimes I feel like a 27 year old trapped in an 88-year-old's body. I've always been extremely active and enjoy exercising, playing sports and living a healthy lifestyle. I've been relatively healthy my whole life, but there are times … [Read more...]

Stability Ball Exercises for Pregnant Women

Stability Ball Exercises for Pregnant Women #shrinkingjeans

This past Saturday my dude and I went to a birthing class at the hospital where we are going to deliver Roman. It was 3 hours of learning about all the things that accompany pregnancy, 1 hour of practicing breathing patterns, 1 hour of learning that Au Bon Pain is a pregnant lady’s dream, and 1 hour … [Read more...]

Life vs. Exercise

Life vs.Exercise

So I started last month off right – I was running regularly and had started a great three (and up to four!)-day-a-week weight routine that would help me become a stronger and better runner. I was eating right, counting my calories on MyFitnessPal and excited to get even below my target goal weight … [Read more...]

Running in the Family: Ways to Get Your Kids Involved

How to Get Your Kids Involved with Running #shrinkingjeans

In my family, we have runners and non-runners.  Some of our immediate and distant relatives are super cheerleaders while others give me the "you're going to ruin your knees" speech.  Just like in the general population, the attitudes towards running in the family can be just as diverse.  While … [Read more...]

The North Face || Mountain Athletics Training Progress

lissa-run

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The North Face. All opinions are 100% mine. It's been almost a month since I told you about The North Face's Mountain Athletics training app and completed my first workout -and I'm happy to report I'm still going strong! I haven't been able to … [Read more...]

Lacing Techniques for Runners

Lacing Techniques for Runners #shrinkingjeans

Do your shoes rub you the wrong way?  Do you hope for a perfect fit but something just isn't right?  Do your heels slip?  It might night be the shoe's fault, but how you have them laced.  I've been having some issues with pain on the top of my foot since switching shoes due to a neuroma I've known … [Read more...]

Get Down on the (Pelvic) Floor: Kegel Exercises

Get Down on the (Pelvic) Floor: Kegel Exercises #shrinkingjeans

Alright, ladies! It’s time to talk about one of the most important muscles in your body. The blush-inducing, giggle-fit-creating, this-ain’t-your-grandmas-workout-routine, Kegel muscle. So first of all, there is more to the common Kegel than meets the eye. There is an intricate system of muscles … [Read more...]

Try it Thursday

Try It Thursday #shrinkingjeans

A while back, we used to have a feature here at The Sisterhood where on Thursdays we would encourage each other to try something new or share what new thing we've discovered that's helping us to keep going on our journeys of health and fitness. Some of these are new ideas to me that I am going to … [Read more...]

How Depression Can Derail Your Fitness Efforts

Depression and exercise

Everyone experiences times when they’re sad or blue, and times when motivation to exercise seems hard to come by. But if the sad times or blue moods last a long time and start interfering with your ability to function, you may be depressed. If depression is something you’re struggling with, if … [Read more...]

30-Day Lunge Challenge || Monthly Workout Calendar

30-Day Lunge Challenge || Monthly Workout Calendar Full details, modifications, variations, and printable workout calendar can be found here ---> http://shrinkingjeans.net/2015/05/lunge-challenge/ #shrinkingjeans

Are you looking to tone and tighten your rear and legs just in time for shorts and swimsuit season? You're looking in the right place, because this month we are offering a free 30-Day Lunge Challenge! Lunges are a great exercise to strengthen and shape your lower body. Whether you are a beginner or … [Read more...]

Making Time to Exercise

Making Time to Exercise #shrinkingjeans

We hear it all the time... "I just don't have time to exercise!" The truth of the matter is that exercise is something that we have to prioritize, just like we prioritize a meeting or a doctor's appointment or going to work 5 days a week, or anything else we have to do. I know we are all busy these … [Read more...]

How to Stage a Comeback

How to Stage a Comeback #shrinkingjeans

It's been about three weeks since I shared my confession that I had stopped running for several months, lacking any injury or excuse by means of explanation. I thank you all for the encouragement I received and for those of you who said my words could have been your words, we were in the same boat … [Read more...]