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My Fit Minute

I saw this fun Q & A on Athleta’s chi blog and thought it would be fun to answer My Fit Minute questions.

What’s your go-to workout right now?

Right now I’m all about my PT exercises, 15-20 miles of cycling 2-3 x/week, 30-40 minutes of walking 3-4x/week, Ashtanga yoga 4x/week and weights 2-3x/week. I miss running like crazy, but am trying to focus on what I can do at the moment to get back to it.

yoga twist | happyfitmama.com

Do you have any fitness goals you’re working toward?

I’d like to gain strength throughout my whole body. And of course, get back to running.

Are you a rise-and-shine-and-workout kind of girl or do you prefer training in the dark?

What do you think?

Sunrise | happyfitmama.com

Where do you love to get away for the weekend?

This summer we’ve made it a point to designate at least on day on the weekend a Fun Day. A day where we get out and enjoy the fresh air and maybe even play tourist. The beach and wandering on trails are two of my favorites.

Name your top three favorite foods.

  1. Pizza
  2. Nut butter
  3. Oatmeal

Cocoa oats | happyfitmama.com

How do you like to relax?

To me relaxing is sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand. If that’s not happening a massage, pedicure, facial or anything that pampers me is a close second.

Name something you find utterly inspiring.

People who push their bodies to limits that you never think would be possible. Scott Jurek and the Iron Cowboy are two recent instances that come to mind.

What is the coolest thing no one knows about you?

That I’m not cool?

If you could master anything, what would it be?

I’d love to surf or scuba dive. I’m a classic Pisces – I’m drawn to anything with water. I just need to learn how to swim better and get over my fear of open water.

Seacoast running | HappyFitMama.com

Your turn! Answer any of the questions in the comments.

In Real Life with Mira Fitness Tracker

Mira Fitness Tracker | happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mira.

I’m no stranger to fitness trackers. I’ve tried a couple and wore a Fitbit Charge quite regularly for months. Even though I was running high (for me) miles in marathon training and active throughout the day at work, I still liked to see how many steps I got in a day. Then one day, I didn’t wear the tracker. And that was followed by another day. And then another. I didn’t miss not seeing the numbers at all.

But then I hurt my foot back in April. My activity level dropped significantly with no running and minimal walking. Once I was out of the boot and able to withstand being on my foot for longer periods, I felt like I needed something to give me a little reminder to get off my butt and be more active during the day.

Just about that time, I was asked to review the new Mira Fitness Tracker and Bracelet.

I know what you are thinking – Another fitness wearable?!?!

I thought the same thing. But Mira is different than any other wearable I’ve seen on the market.

Mira is a device specifically targeted to women. It was created with an active woman in mind and not specifically a hard-core performance athlete. Mira tracks only what’s important: steps, calories, distance and elevation. Although I’d like to think of myself as a performance athlete and someone who likes all the numbers, Mira stood out to me for one reason.

It doesn’t look like a bulky, ugly watch.

Mira Fitness Tracker  happyfitmama.com

I’ll gladly wear my Garmin or Timex One GPS+ watch while I’m running. But outside of that, there’s no way I could wear it for everyday use. They are both huge!

The other fitness trackers that I’ve worn, they just looked like a cheap piece of rubber. When wearing “real” clothes, i.e. non running/yoga/gym clothes, it stood out like a sore thumb.

With Mira, it blends in like another piece of wrist candy.

Designed to sit on the bracelet, the Mira tracker looks more like jewelry than technology. For the gym or other more casual looks, the tracker easily detaches from the bracelet and clip to any piece of clothing or pocket. Mira resists sweat, rain and getting splashed. Just don’t go swimming with it.

Ball push up | happyfitmama.com

Mira goes beyond tracking to learn from your data. It’s the only tracker that gets to know you — like what time of day you have the most energy or how much time you have to be active each day — then offers healthy tips and recommendations personalized to you. The app for Mira offers personalized motivation and journal to track all your activity.

What I don’t like? It kind of bummed me out when I realized that the device does not vibrate when I hit the 10,000 steps mark. That’s one feature I’ve liked on the other devices.

Other than that, I love it all!

Mira retails for $169.99 and comes in brushed gold or midnight purple bracelet. It comes in petite, small or medium. I have the small and it fits perfectly.

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5 Tips for Staying Active During the Winter

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9 all opinions are my own.

Happy to Be Running | HappyFitMama.com

As someone who has lived in colder climates the majority of her life, I know that you absolutely can not hibernate as soon as the temperature changes. If you do, it makes for a very, very long 3,4,5 or 6 months. Or if you are really unlucky, longer than that.

This past weekend, we saw snow and the lowest temperatures of the season so far (9 degrees on Saturday morning!). I’ll be keeping these tips in mind all season long. And hoping that the Farmer’s Almanac is way off in predicting a harsh winter!

5 Tips for Staying Active During Winter

1. Change your mind – I really don’t like being cold. And I really don’t like the gray skies. Or the lack of color that winter brings. Instead of thinking of the negative aspects of winter, I’m thinking of what I LIKE about winter – hot cocoa around the fireplace, building snowmen, snowshoeing and snowboarding. Attitude is everything.

2. Be a kid again – Since having kids, I’ve had to remember how to play. And since my kids love the snow, play usually happens outside. We use beach toys to make snow castles or head to the nearest hill for sledding. Last year, during every snowstorm, Ron would use the snow blower to make a big tower in the backyard. He then sculpted a “castle” complete with a snow slide. We spent hours everyday playing on it all winter long.

Sledding | happyfitmama.com

3. Learn a new sport – If you live in an area that gets snow, make this year the year to learn how to ski (downhill or cross country), snowshoe or ice skate if you don’t already know how.

4. Cross train – If you always run, now is the perfect time to mix it up. Try a spinning, yoga or Pilates class. Hit the weights. Maybe you want to try Cross Fit. Work on your core strength and other stabilizer muscles so you’ll be ready for Spring racing season. I’m planning on putting Target C9 gear to good use as I focus on getting back to my yoga mat.

Target® C9 Style Haul 3  happyfitmama.com

5. Set a goal – I’ve got a big goal to work towards this winter with the Boston Marathon coming up in April. Winter marathon training is definitely not easy. There are lots of obstacles that can get in the way of training. But keeping my eye on the prize will keep me focused even if that means logging more miles on the treadmill than outside. But if the weather gods are reading, I’d really like for this to be a super marvelous, mild winter. K? Thanks!

What’s your best way to stay active as the seasons change?