May 24, 2024

Get Your Fitness Back on Track by Angelena Riggs

Finding the Motivation to Start Again

The hardest part of starting up your fitness and healthy eating again after a setback is finding the motivation to get back on track. We have all struggled with this at some point or another. We are working out consistently and eating right, and then something happens that takes us out of that routine and we have a hard time getting started again.

Here are a few tips to get your fitness motivation back on track:

Determine your “why”- If you know exactly why you are working toward a goal it is much easier to get back into your healthy routine. It must be personal to you in order for it to increase motivation.

Create a motivation board- One thing I find motivating is to have my goals posted where I can see them daily. I also like motivational quotes or mantras that help to keep me on track. You can even use a virtual motivation board on Pinterest where you can pin different workouts, recipes, and motivation quotes to keep you inspired.

Find a fitness buddy- Working out and eating healthy can be fun and easy if you have someone to share it with. Find a like-minded friend or even co-worker who is also working on getting back in the swing of things and help to motivate one another. Even if you don’t do all of your workouts together you will have someone to share your successes and struggles.

Set small goals- Whether you are trying to run faster, lose weight, or gain muscle, set small goals. Breaking down your goals into smaller goals allows you to see progress, and the task won’t seem so overwhelming. For example, if you have 40 pounds you want to lose, start in 10 pound increments. Every time you reach a 10 pound goal reward yourself with something to keep you motivated, like new workout clothing or gear.

Angelena is a mom, healthy living blogger at On Fire Fitness Healthy Living (, an NASM Certified Personal trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Her goal is to inspire others to take the steps to living a healthy lifestyle. Visit Angelena on Facebook and Twitter.

5 Tips to Better Racing by Kristie Cranford, CPT

Knowing how to race is just as important as logging all your training. There are specific actions to take, and just as important, specific actions to avoid before you toe the line. Here are your 5 expert tips to better racing:

Do train within your ability

If you truly want to exceed in racing, do train within your ability.  Find the race distance and estimated time that fits within your current or achievable ability.  Training for a pace you cannot realistically achieve can lead to burnout and injury.  Training for a distance your life schedule does not allow time for can lead to burnout and unnecessary stress.  You want to enjoy the training process, not stress about it.  Set yourself up for success, not failure.

Don’t do anything new race day

Experiment with food, drink, clothing, shoes, and everything well before race day.  Have it all down to a science.  You want to be a practiced well-oiled machine race day and not risk digestive, energy or clothing issues.

Don’t start out too fast

Don’t burst out of the gate with all you have, once that energy is expelled you will never get it back.  On the back end of the race you’ll come up short with the extra energy burned during an over exuberant start.

Do pick the right race for you

If you have a specific goal in mind, find a race that will help you to reach your goal.  Find one with an optimal course and entrant size to assist you.  A race that is too crowded or has a lot of elevation challenges may be a fun race, but may put too many odds against you.

Do allow for rest between races

Allow your body recovery time between races.  Your body gets stronger and repairs at rest and recovery.  Too much racing will lead to declining performance, burnout and injury.

This article is written by Kristie Cranford, CPT. A wife, mother, multiple cancer survivor and competitive athlete, Kristie is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Running/Triathlon Coach for PRS FIT. Living in Las Vegas, she is 2012 Coolibar sponsored athlete, 2013 Training Peaks Ambassador and Raw Elements Sunscreen Ambassador. Contact information: Email:,,

2013 Spring Health and Fitness Product Spotlight

With so many health and fitness products available, how do you know what is effective, legitimate and worthwhile? From head to toe, Health Your Way Online has you covered! Every smart exerciser knows in our multi-faceted world of fitness, caring not only for your body but your mind as well, is key to long-term, sustainable health.

Health Your Way Online proudly presents our Spring 2013 Product Spotlight. No gimmicks or shortcuts, only exceptional quality products.

Allow us to introduce you to ENERGYbits®, Sockwa, FiTMAPPED, “Nutrition for Exam Success – a Parent’s Guide” and B.I.C. Bands!

NUTRITION- Feed Your Body Smart with ENERGYbits®

Simply put, there is nothing else on the market quite like ENERGYbits®. They include one ingredient, algae! Organically grown and dried into small bite size bits that are easy to swallow or chew while on the go.

When asked who benefits most from ENERGYbits®, Founder and CEO Catharine Arnston responds, ” ENERGYbits® are for everyone. That being said, its benefits are most appreciated and most noticed by anyone engaged in high endurance activities.” She continues, “this includes  marathon runners, triathletes, cyclists, Olympians, elite athletes, professional athletes, fitness enthusiasts, but also busy executives, moms, teachers, kids, vegans, vegetarians, celiac intolerant, iron deficient, protein deficient or regular folks who want to improve their health, boost their energy and/or improve their diet and nutrition.”

ENERGYbits® algae is Non-GMO and is grown in controlled and daily-monitored water tanks. Their algae is 100% toxin free. While other parts of the world have used algae and enjoyed its health benefits for well over fifty years, ENERGYbits® is honored to bring this super-food to North America in a convenient, time-efficient and fun way to add green-food into our diet.

Why consider adding ENERGYbits® into your healthy living regime? “Our ENERGYbits® have the highest concentration of protein in the world and all this protein is already in amino acid form so it is 100% bio available and absorbed instantly” Ms. Arnston explains. “This is why you experience an immediate lift, mentally and physically from our ENERGYbits®. It’s not a rush of energy like you experience with sugar, caffeine or other artificial stimulants. There isn’t any sugar, caffeine or chemicals in our algae. They contain nothing but 100% algae whose green, natural nutrients deliver a steady and constant supply of energy and nutrients to your body and brain” she adds.

Discover for yourself the ENERGYbits® difference at Join their Facebook community at to learn about discounts and special opportunities. For more information, please email Jeff at And be sure to check out their additional brands of algae:,,,

FOOTWEAR- Go Green and Go Pain-Free with Sockwa

Say goodbye to the days of aching feet after every run and sore leg muscles after every hike! Enter Sockwa. Sockwa is your ultra-light, high-performance, minimalist shoe solution. They offer shoes with the thinnest sole of 1.2mm, with “premium, sustainable, decomposable, readily recyclable, hypo-allergenic, anti-odor uppers along with rubber-free soles” says Founder David Zasloff. So go ahead, save your feet and your planet at the same time!

Mr. Zasloff originally began the company with beach soccer socks. However, due to his loyal customer base’ popular request for a shoe that could be worn off the beach as well, Sockwa’s minimalist shoe was born. “Although we found that our first customer’s wore their Sockwa for niche activities like yoga, pilates, beach sports, cross-fit, back-packing, paddle boarding, martial arts, etc, we found that many customers started also wearing them for leisure wear, around town and while traveling” explains Mr. Zasloff.

Sockwa is for anyone who wants to allow their feet to move how they were designed to move, freely; sans constraints of traditional shoes. You’ll feel as if you’re barefoot, but with the added comfort of a durable sole. You’ll enjoy a more tactile, natural feeling shoe without feeling heavy with limited range of motion. In fact, these comfort fit shoes are becoming popular as day to day shoes, in addition to being used as athletic shoes. They are portable, flexible and easy to pack in your backpack, gym bag or even your bike pack. Sockwa makes an ideal everyday shoe for everyone.

Sockwa now offers 4 different models ranging from $20.00 to just under $75.00. Be sure to place your order at and join the minimalist movement! Need convincing- when was the last time you said your feet feel great?

They also welcome phone calls via 213.995.5004.


Do you know where to find a dance studio on your lunch break? Or when you’re traveling, do you know a health club that will allow you to log your laps in the pool? The answer is here and it’s the only one of its kind; the answer is FiTMAPPED! FiTMAPPED leads fitness enthusiasts to their exercise options. Touted as your all-inclusive and searchable fitness directory, it’s easy, clear and it’s free to users!

“We saw a growing trend of new fitness establishments opening up all over the city and there was no real way to keep track of the variety of options. So, we decided to aggregate them and create a comprehensive database” explains Michelle Velasquez, Co-Founder of FiTMAPPED. Currently FiTMAPPED includes Los Angeles and New York City. “We wanted to make it easy for someone to find that third floor yoga studio around the corner or the new bootcamp a block from their office” she adds.

The FiTMAPPED database includes everything from large-scale health club facilities, to family focused gyms, to smaller, exclusive personal training studios. Simply log on to and search by your desired category. Search for example by price, amenities or location. And viola, your choices appear! There really are no excuses for missing a workout anymore.

Ms. Velasquez outlines their vision for the future, “as we grow, we hope to not only connect studios to our users, but we plan to connect users with each other. We hope to be the center of the local fitness community by creating a social platform for fitness experts and neophytes alike to exchange thoughts about their favorite workouts, plan fitness activities in groups, and share their healthy experiences.” Consider FitMAPPED your personal fitness finder!

Check out their Mobile app link:  To add your fitness facility to their database, please email them directly at

FOOD FOR THOUGHT- A Parent’s Guide

“Nutrition for Exam Success – a Parent’s Guide” is a book that has been written for all parents. Let’s face it, kids and especially teenagers, are a hard crowd to please when it comes to preparing meals! As parents, we are inundated with nutrition information regularly, eat this or don’t ever eat this; so how do we know what’s best for our growing children? We rely on science and research.

Here’s what we do know; we do know that there is a link between what we eat and how our brain functions. The author, Maggie Ayre, has done the ground work for you. As the UK’s leading coach for young people, she shares her years of expertise and experience. Ms. Ayres book offers the details why food intake is important for healthy learning for our children. Her book also offers over 30 simple recipes that are sure to please your kids of every age, and improve how their brain functions and absorbs information.

Ms. Ayres explains, “having worked as a Fitness Coach for Teens for five years I am dismayed at the foods many teens are eating.” She shares, “I feel that there is a lack of knowledge of just how important our diet is in all aspects of our lives and particularly the working of our brains, our powers of concentration and our energy levels.” All parents should consider this book a must-have manual full of guidance and resources!

Find her book via Amazon, as well as via Amazon in the UK.

Ms. Ayre’s mission is simple; she says “if we can get young children eating foods that will help them study, we will reap the benefits of better grades throughout their schooling.” Check out all of Maggie’s books on her website at or email her directly at

ACCESSORIZE…With a Purpose! Meet B.I.C. Bands

If you’re looking for a great gift idea, look no further! B.I.C. Bands is a business that gives back. They offer non-slip headbands that donate back to local charities with every sale! For example, in February their beneficiary was the American Heart Association, and the Go Red for Women campaign. In March, B.I.C. Bands is supporting the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Founder of B.I.C. Bands, Sandy Pearson, explains the origin of her business, “these amazing headbands started all as a fundraiser for my run with Team in Training.” She continues, “I was looking for a way to raise the necessary funds to run my first half marathon. I had started to make headbands that didn’t slip because I was cheap and crafty~ friends said they’d buy them, so I decided to try my hand at making and selling them.” She adds, “my small little venture began and I started sewing. I donated the profits to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. OVER $1000 was raised through the sale of B.I.C. Bands!”

With over 250 styles available online, there really is a color and design for everyone; print, patterns, sparkles, you name it they’ve got it! Even offering four different widths, all with an absorbent lining that stays on your hair like velcro, without pulling or snagging your hair as with silicone-lined headbands.

Through their customer-service oriented wholesale program, they also offer custom bands for groups or teams. Email them directly at for additional details. When asked about the motivation behind her business, Ms. Pearson replies “because B.I.C. Bands were such a hit after my race, I decided to keep making and selling the bands to continue giving back to organizations in need.”

Check them out at And be sure to follow them on Facebook at, on Twitter @bicbands, and on Pinterest: BICBands. You’ll be sure to find the perfect headband for you, as well as some inspiration along the way knowing your purchase is making a difference in the lives of others.

Attention Gym Members! By Brett Klika

If the public exercise forum of the gym is something new to you, it can be intimidating.  All that equipment, all those people, and “where can I put my keys?”  Have no fear, it’s pretty simple to get in and get out with a smile (and a good amount of sweat) on your face without a hitch.

Just like in any organization, the gym has both spoken and unspoken rules or “codes of conduct.”  Familiarize yourself with these simple etiquette guidelines to guarantee that you’ll have a positive and productive workout experience, while empowering others to do the same.

Below are some basic gym tips to help you navigate the world of working out!

Lock away cell phones.
Spending your (and others) workout time walking around talking on your phone takes away from not only yours, but everyone else’s workout. Leave the cell phone in your locker or keep it with you in silent or vibrate-mode for absolute emergencies.

Don’t leave a sweat “autograph.”
A good lather of sweat is great, and means you’re working hard to forge a new body of steel. However, a sweaty machine is not a pleasant welcome for the next exerciser. After you’re done with a piece of equipment, wipe it off for the next person.

Choose the right gym.
There are now many different types of gyms offering many different types of exercise experiences.  Make sure when you go to a gym to sign up, you feel comfortable and welcome.

If you like to lift heavy weights with loud music, the local mom and pop “Fun Fit” might not be a place for you.  If you’re just getting started going to a gym, the local bodybuilding/powerlifting mecca might not  provide the experience for which you are looking.

Luckily, there are now options for everyone to find a place they feel at home!

You may be a better door than a window.
Narcissistic or not, gyms are surrounded with mirrors for a reason.  Gym-goers not only like to see their progress, but mirrors provide feedback on form and technique.

If someone is looking in the mirror while doing an exercise, it’s rude to walk in between him or her and the mirror.  It can be distracting and take away from their focus.  Either walk around them, or wait until they are done with their exercise.

Put away weights, plates, or any other equipment when finished.
This is the cardinal rule of using a public gym, yet it is probably the most frequently broken one.  It’s a concept we are introduced to in kindergarten. When you’re done, put it away.

Make sure to put everything you use back where it came from. That way,someone else doesn’t have to spend half their workout time cleaning up a mess they didn’t make.

Brett Klika C.S.C.S., author of “The Underground Workout Manual- Exercise and Fat Loss in the Real World” ( is a world- renowned human performance specialist, motivational speaker, author, and educator. In his 15-year career, Brett has accrued more than 20,000 hours of training with youth, athletes, executives, and everyday people. He uses this knowledge and experience to motivate individuals and audiences around the world through his writing, speaking and DVD’s. For his free blog or to try the Underground Workout Manual for FREE, visit