Motivation Monday

Let’s start the week off with some nutritious eats and a little bit of core work.

Get moving with these tips to stay healthy and fit. Here is your weekly dose of inspiration to jump start your Monday.

This Week’s Work-Out Move: plank. Springtime is on the horizon and the hype about tight abs is continuing to build. Tight abs are nothing to complain about, but a strong core that helps you lift tiny children is a lot more valuable. The plank is the ultimate go-to move to strengthen the deeper abdominal muscles that help you with stability and balance. Stop what you are doing three times a day and hold a plank for 30 seconds to one minute. Keep your feet shoulder width apart and rest your forearms on the ground. Keep your abs contracted and stare at a spot a few inches in front of you making sure to keep the neck and spine in neutral alignment. Make sure that your rear end is in line with the rest of your body and that you are tight and compact. You should be raised horizontally over the floor. Set the timer and make sure to inhale and exhale! If you want more of a challenge, come up onto your hands with palms on the floor instead of forearms. Work your way up in time and make sure to challenge yourself as you get stronger.

Healthy Snack of the Week: Larabar. This snack is the epitome of a nutritious and quick option for the busy mom. It comes in many flavors ranging from peanut butter and jelly to cappuccino. Larabars contain minimal ingredients so that you and your kids won’t be consuming extra harmful additives. The base ingredients are a combination of dates, nuts and fruit. You can even nab some mini Larabars for your little ones.

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