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MUST-DO MONDAY: HEAD OUTDOORS

So technically, spring is still a month away – but we’re already dreaming about all the things we want to do when the weather gets warm (it could be the torrential rain we’ve been having out here – yes, I know that we West Coast folks need to toughen up)…

All jokes aside, it’s been a long, cold winter for many of us, and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy some gorgeous sun. So our motto is, head outside – rain, snow or shine! (We went to Hawaii for this photo!)

Make the most of this long weekend and enjoy the great outdoors – whether it’s up on a mountain, out on a beach or all over the city. Go for a bike ride or a stroll with a friend, breathe in the crisp winter air and enjoy every moment. It’s great medicine for your body, your mind and your soul (not to mention a bonus for those long-forgotten fitness resolutions). Sure, we may have winter for a month longer (thanks, Punxsutawney Phil) but a winter adventure has a charm all its own.

Shown above: the Burst – Positive Image high-top bootie.

BLOG TAKEOVER: WORKOUT AT HOME WITH SARA HALEY

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On this Must-do Monday, we asked prenatal and postnatal fitness expert Sara Haley to give us a few tips on easy at-home Fall workouts for busy parents.

Fall is one of the busiest times of year for my family. This year my oldest started kindergarten, and my youngest started preschool three mornings a week. Needless to say, our lives have been full of transitions lately, which also means workouts have fallen lower on the priority list. I’m determined to get my workouts back on track before fall is over. If you’re in the same boat as me, or just looking to switch things up, here are some ways to workout at home and make getting or staying fit a priority this fall.

GET OUTSIDE . . . while you still can! I currently live in Southern California, so this isn’t as much of a problem for me. I was, however, raised in the Chicago suburbs and spent years in New York City before kids, so I know the reality of winter workouts. Take advantage and do as many workouts as you can outside while the weather is nice. You’ll be kicking yourself come January if you don’t. Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 are perfect for slow or fast walks. If you’re a mama, I have some great FREE stroller workouts available on my YouTube channel.

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SWITCH IT UP WITH FALL INSPIRED EXERCISES – As a mom, I sometimes have some “entertaining” to do during my workouts, so this Peek-a-BOO Ghost Squat works my butt, legs and heart while keeping my two-year-old entertained. Squat down (option to take hands covering your face). Push off the floor (opening arms and yelling “Boo”) before landing back in squat. Do a total of 10 in a row. Rest and repeat three more times. I love the Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 air cooled memory foam because it adds support during plyometric exercises like these.

USE PROPS – I love props, or “toys” as I refer to them at home. They make things fun and different, so I don’t get bored, which ultimately means I workout more often. One of my favorite props for fall is of course a pumpkin! Skechers Skech-Air Extreme – Evolve give me the support I need to get the most out of these “Pumpkin Chops” that work the core, legs and butt.

I hope you have the happiest and healthiest fall and are inspired to get outside, perform some fall inspired exercises and use some new props!

Sara Haley is known for her expertise in fitness through pregnancy and motherhood. She has developed a series of workout DVDs for soon-to-be and new moms and speaks often about prenatal fitness on news programs as well as in major newspapers and magazines. Sara is sharing fun and effective Fall-inspired exercises all through October on her blog at sarahaley.com and be sure to follow @sarahaleyfit on Facebook & Instagram for additional healthy lifestyle tips and inspiration.

MUST-DO MONDAY: THE JOY OF VIDEO GAMES

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Today we celebrate that form of enjoyment that so often gets judged with little respect—video games.  The dawn of mainstream interactive entertainment began with Pong about a half century ago and has since evolved through countless Atari, Nintendo, Sega and Sony consoles, across desktop computers, and most recently onto the phones in pockets everywhere. We know that some like to blame video games for the destruction of our entire society, so as this Must-Do Monday just happens fall on Video Game Day, we encourage non-gamers to pick up a controller, bury the pre-conceived notions, and consider the good that comes from this world.

Similar to relaxing with a great book or binging on your favorite television program, video games offer an excellent opportunity to relieve the stress of our busy lives. On House of Cards even Frank Underwood would escape the oval office for a few rounds of the latest first-person shooter to clear his head on the eve of a big decision. Whether you’re zoning out entirely to survive the latest mission or keeping your mind working in a puzzle-heavy game like Tomb Raider, there’s no better or easier way to disengage for a couple hours.

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If you have kids, they likely already play so why not join in the fun?  Collaborative games especially offer a great opportunity to work together. LEGO Dimensions will take you and the little ones to a pop-culture world built with the popular bricks that’s filled with mission-driven adventures. (Plus there’s actual toys to continue the fun offline.)  Creative titles like Super Mario Maker gives kids the chance to design their own levels then challenge mom or dad to conquer (or vice versa!)  And even Minecraft, which looks deceptively simple on the surface can actually be used to create something as complicated as a DNA model for a class project. These titles and countless more like them can help the entire family learn and engage together in new, exciting ways.

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The super popular annual Just Dance series from developer Ubisoft proves that gaming doesn’t need to be about sitting motionless on a couch.  Get up and work hard to match the screen moves and you’ll be breaking a sweat by the end of the second song. Play for an hour and you’ll get a serious workout.  It’s a fun way to burn calories when you’re having a hard time motivating for that trip to the gym. Find all the hottest new songs in the 2017 edition releasing on October 25!

And lastly on the mobile front, new augmented reality games blend with the real world forcing gamers to be active as they play.  The developer of Pokemon GO recently reported that only two months after the game went live players around the world had walked 2.8 billion miles and burned a jaw dropping 340 billion calories. By the time you catch em all, you just might drop a few pounds.

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If you already understand the joy of video games, let us know what you’re playing these days in the comments.  We’re always looking for tips on what to try next!

MUST-DO MONDAY: RELAX THE SUMMER AWAY

Must-Do Mondays don’t have to be Manic Mondays. We thought it was about time you had a meditative Monday – one where you take a breather! Relaxation is important: it’s a huge stress reducer that can lower your blood pressure and fatigue, reduce muscle tension, improve your focus and mood, and lots more. And there are many ways to take it easy – from deep breathing to yoga, tai chi, meditation and massages that nourish your mind, body and soul.

So treat yourself to some relaxing peace and quiet this Monday – it’s as much of a must-do as everything else you have planned on your to-do list.

What’s your favorite way to decompress? Share with us!

Featured image: the Skechers Sport – Flex Appeal 2.0 – Metal Madness sneaker (at select retail stores).

 

MUST-DO MONDAY: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

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Memorial Day has come to mean many things over the years.  Considered to be the unofficial start of summer, it’s a great day to hang out with friends and family, to spark up the barbecue, or to simply enjoy good times under the bright sunshine.  But through all the fun and excitement, we have to make a point to consider the real reason for this holiday—to honor and remember the brave who died while serving the country and protecting the freedoms that we enjoy every day. On this final Monday of May, take the time to think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice. If your town has a parade or special event to commemorate the day and you haven’t attended in many years, check it out—it’ll probably have an added bonus of bringing back a lot of pleasant childhood memories.

And if something that official isn’t an option, there’s no better way to honor those who served than enjoying the freedom that they sacrificed to protect.  Go outside, breathe the fresh air, hike through the wilderness, go sailing or take a long stroll. We can never offer enough gratitude to those who we now remember. It takes only a moment of meditation or reflection.  There will still be plenty of time in the day for the food, drinks and revelry.

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MUST-DO MONDAY: PREP YOUR KIDS FOR SUMMER

Just a few more weeks before the kids are out of school! Summer’s a favorite time for children and families, but you can make it even better with a little pre-planning. Check out all the ways you can turn three months into a lifetime of great memories.

2The great outdoors. Hiking, swimming, waterskiing, river rafting, arts and crafts, s’mores and camp songs. Whether it’s day camp or week-long caravans, summer’s a great time for kids to explore mountains, forests, beaches, caves and more. Sign them up for their favorite activities, or try out a few new ones. Space is often limited and goes quickly for the most popular camps, so be sure to start early and lock in spots now for your little ones.

Travel. If you’ve been itching for a place to take your kids beyond the classic camp adventure, summer’s the perfect season to venture to new cities, states, and even countries if you’re feeling ambitious. Create your very own adventure by stocking up on travel books at the bookstore or library, and choose a place that the entire family can explore. Hotels, motels, RVs, home rentals – there are a million ways to get to know a new place. Poll your coworkers, ask friends and go online for tips on hidden restaurants and local haunts. If heading abroad, check your passports now: a non-rush renewal can take four to six weeks, and kids’ passports expire every five years (plus some countries require that your passport expires at least six months after your trip dates).

IMG_6802Gear up. Every outdoor outing needs gear to match! Stock up on 30 SPF sunscreen and sun hats to keep the rays off the kids, along with UV-protective polycarbonate sunglasses that offer shatterproof protection. Do a test run of their swim suits to avoid any surprises on pool day. And stock up on name tags and labels so they come home with everything they left home with (or at least as much as possible).

Skechers has some great summer styles as well: sandals for the sand, water-friendly shoes and rugged boots for the outdoors. And of course, our go-anywhere collection of sneakers for boys and girls.

Indoor fun. Indoor time has never been more fun and imaginative – thanks to the slew of creative activities at your disposal. Get them lost in all kinds of worlds through your favorite books. Strike up your own masterpiece with coloring books. Become the master of popsicle and ice cream makers, and new discoveries like kinetic sand and science kits that cover everything from electricity to magnetics, chemistry and more. You can even order caterpillars for kids and help them grow their very own butterflies.

3Above all, make memories. Take a few minutes out of every day to enjoy the longer days (and stargazing nights) and spend some time together. Even the simplest experiences (an evening walk, dinner outdoors, a board game) can mean a lot to your kids. Collect snaps of this summer’s adventures to share with family and friends now, and your kids in the future. Most importantly, do everything you can to live in the moment and enjoy the most special thing in our lives: each other.

Styles shown: the Empire – Rock Around sneaker in Neon Pink/Coral and the Skech Appeal – Fabtastic sneaker in Gray/Mint.

MUST-DO MONDAY: THE SUNSHINE BECKONS

1Longer days.  Warmer weather. And most importantly…springtime sunshine!  This is the season to be outside and get your necessary dosage of vitamin D.  The darkness of winter has ended, so enough with the excuses!  Each and every one of us is busy, so it’s not about finding the time.  It’s about making the time.  And it’s easier than you think.  Go for a walk when you just need to take a break from the job. Not only is a great way to clear your head, but that time outside will energize you for the rest of your day.  Eat your lunch outside.  Too many of us eat a meal at our desk or the cafeteria but it’s important to get away if only for a short time. The change of environment helps relieve stress and sun will help with your mood. Join or coach a sports team.  Transition some of your leisure activities to be outdoor-focused…it’s better than sitting at home spending even more time in front of a computer. Or if you have little ones, volunteer to coach or help out rather than dropping off the kid and running an errand.  It’s the perfect two birds with one stone scenario.  Just get outside, have fun, and feel better each day.  It really is that important.  Check out Dr. Oz for four benefits of vitamin D and don’t forget the sunscreen if you’ll be out more than 20 minutes!

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