Five of the Best Apps for Getting Into Shape

You don’t need to join a gym or hire a personal trainer to stay in shape.  With today’s technology, you can download apps and track your progress on your own.  If you have a smartphone and an armband to put it in, you can utilize any of the following applications.

Here are five of the best apps for getting into shape:

  1. GymPactIf you can’t get yourself motivated, why not put a wager on your workouts?  With GymPact, you can do just that.  Plan how many days a week you want to be physically active.  Set a dollar amount for each day.  If you don’t work out and track it through the app or RunKeeper, you’re required to pay.  A few missed workouts later, you’ll be making sure you keep your promise.
  2. Couch-to-5KIn just 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week for 9 weeks, you can get in the best shape of your life.  Go from the couch to being able to running 5 miles with ease.  An interactive coach helps you stay on track.
  3. Workout TrainerChoose a workout in the following categories: Pro, Community Created, Abs & Core, Weight Loss, Pro Audio, Weightlifting, Cardio, Full Body, Running, Yoga, Fitness Tests, Arms, and more.  Change things up to keep from getting bored.  Your body will thank you for it!
  4. NexerciseEarn rewards for getting in shape.  Play with your friends, get in shape, and improve your physical and mental well-being.  This app comes highly recommended because it’s fun and effective.
  5. StrivvDownloading the app is free but buying the high-tech pedometer will cost you nearly $100.  Use your iPhone to run the app and save money.  The features are identical.  Track the number of steps you’ve taken, miles walked, calories burned, and stairs climbed in any given day.  Accept challenges and earn points that can be applied to different charities.  For example, walking can help you provide clean drinking water for a community or save part of the rainforest from destruction.

Take advantage of these free apps.  You’ll feel better than you ever have before because you took the initiative to get active.  Aerobic exercise is great for the heart, a way to reduce stress, and the most effective way to prevent disease.  Paired with a low-calorie, nutrient rich diet, regular physical activity will change your life.

Twenty-Five of the Happiest Quotes We’ve Read

Happiness is contagious.  Think about the last time you saw someone smile.  Chances are you found yourself smiling too.  There’s just something about happy people that is admirable.  Despite the stresses of everyday life, they manage to see the silver lining in every cloud.

Here are twenty-five of the happiest quotes we’ve read in the past year:

  1. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  2. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker
  4. “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  5. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
  6. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  7. “Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer
  8. “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and      harmony.” – Thomas Merton
  9. “Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” – Napoleon Hill
  10.  “Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.” – Oscar Levant
  11.  “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg
  12.  “There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.” – Frederick Delius
  13. “See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.” – James Freeman Clarke
  14. “Happiness is only real when shared.” – Christopher McCandless
  15. “Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.” – Bernard Meltzer
  16. “Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” – Alice Meynell
  17.  “There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.” – John Buchan
  18.  “Happiness is when you love who you are and you are able to accept yourself and others.” – Bar Refaeli
  19.  “The groundwork of all happiness is health.” – Leigh Hunt
  20.  “Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.” – Marguerite Gardiner
  21. “I always had a larger view. I’m interested in real life – my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.” – Amy Adams
  22. “To me, flowers are happiness.” – Stefano Gabbana
  23.  “I have a talent for happiness. I look with the eyes of a painter, and I see beauty.” – Sylvia Kristel
  24. “Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.” – William Burroughs
  25. “The greatest happiness is to transform one’s feelings into action.” – Madame de Stael

Ten of the Best Quotes About Mothers

Mothers are special people.  With that being said, Baking for Health wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for the women that play such an important role in our lives.  Happy Mother’s Day!  The world is clearly a better place because of you!

Here are ten of our favorite quotes about mothers:

  1. “The phrase “working mother” is redundant.” – Jane Sellman
  2. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” – W. R. Wallace
  3. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey
  4. There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill
  5. “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller
  6. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.”  - Mildred B. Vermont
  7. “A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.” -Helen Rice
  8. “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” -Ferrell Sims
  9. “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” -Erma Bombeck
  10.  “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” -George Eliot

Warm sentiments about mothers have been shared from one generation to the next.  You’re likely to have your own thoughts about being a mother.  We’d love to hear what you have to say about the subject.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is nurturing the relationships you have with others.  How do you care for the ones you love most?  Do you encourage them to be physically active and to eat a nutritious diet of raw foods?

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