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Exercising in Disney Style – Collection of Whimsical Workout Gear

I came across these amazing New Balance runDisney shoes and fell in love! I think the hardest part would be choosing just one pair!  I think I’d have to go with the pink pair on the far left, those tiny polka dots are calling my name!

Image from RunDisney.com

There’s a catch, however. These Limited Edition New Balance runDisney Collection are exclusive only to runDisney Expo attendees. Hopefully someday they’ll be available to those of us who are racing Disney at home and can’t make it to the Expo.

In the meantime, I’ve procured a collection of whimsical Disney-inspired training gear that anyone can get their hand on. These fun items are sure to get you moving!


Get your glitter on with these tough (yet still pretty!) skirts and accessories from Sparkle Athletic. So cute for race day or just for putting more spark in your step on the treadmill!

Red with White Polka Dots Sparkle Running Skirt or the Pink Tiara Sparkle Headsweats Visor


The tongue-in-cheek humor on these tees from Human add some lightness to your serious sweat.

Gonna Crush this Workout tank or the I Don’t Sweat…This is Pixie Dust tee


If you’d rather not wear your Disney heart on your sleeve (literally), sneak in a little of your Disney Side where only you’ll know it’s there! These fun and colorful no-show socks are from Hot Topic.

Disney Lilo & Stitch Faces No-Show Socks or the Disney The Little Mermaid Characters No-Show Socks

     


For flat-out practical exercise clothes, you can’t beat these from The Disney Store. Might they inspire you to sign up for the 5K? Perhaps…

Castaway Cay 5K Tee or these RunDisney Shorts for Women

        


On the opposite end of the spectrum are these over-the-top fabulous run costumes. Look no further than Etsy for fabulous and unique designs.

Snow White by This Princess Runs or Rapunzel by SherryDesignEdit

     


And finally for the kids, a Disney-themed swimsuit for lap swimming , diving or just plain ol’ splashing around! These are from the Disney Store.

Star Wars Swim Trunks for Boys or the Ariel Deluxe Swimsuit for Girls


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Exercising on Vacation?! – Getting in a Workout, Disney-style at the Disneyland Resort Hotels

Exercising on Vacation?! - Getting in a Workout, Disney-style at the Disneyland Resort Hotels

You didn’t get enough of a workout strolling through the Parks? No worries, the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort have you covered. There are gyms for breaking a sweat in, pools to cool off in and fun group exercise activities that even take you inside the Park!

             

I will be totally honest with you: I’ve never worked out on a Disneyland vacation. However, because we live so close my “trips” are usually only overnight and the days are jam-packed with Park walking. If I were to take a longer vacation, I know I’d want to supplement the walking with some cardio or weight training as well. It’s great to know that even while you’re indulging in fried chicken at the Plaza Inn you can still keep up your healthy exercise habits!

Images from Disney.com

The fitness centers at the Disneyland Resort hotels are well-equipped with treadmills, bicycles (both regular and recumbent), ellipticals, stair climbers, free weights and weight machines. There are lockers available. Use of the fitness centers is complimentary for Resort Hotel Guests. Guests must be 14 years or older to use the fitness centers. Guests 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Eureka Fitness Center at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel – closes at 8 pm daily.

Goofy About Health Club at the Disneyland Hotel -open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Mickey’s Beach Fitness Center at the Paradise Pier -open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Image from Disney.com

The pools of the Disneyland Resort offer Guests a refreshing swim, though it might be a challenge getting a decent water-workout during peak times. Early morning or late evening are probably your best bet for getting a space in the pool to exercise. The D-Ticket pool at the Disneyland pool is recommended for lap swimming.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa pools

Disneyland Hotel pools

Paradise Pier pool

Each pool also offers whirlpool hot tubs for relaxing those sore muscles after your workout (or after a long day on your feet in the Park!)

Images from Disney.com


All Guests of the Disneyland Resort hotels can participate in the Get Up & Go Power Walk. Beginning at 7am, this is a 15-minute, one-mile walk through Disney California Adventure Park. It is led by a Guest Activities Coordinator and free for Resort Guests. Minimum age to participate is 14 years; Guests 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the Guest Services desk in the main lobby to reserve a space.

A Pilates-inspired, non-impact fitness class is held near the Outdoor Fireplace in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This one-hour workout session is appropriate for men and women of all fitness levels. Minimum age to participate is 14 years old. Contact the Guest Services desk upon arrival for the class schedule and to sign up; Reservations are required.


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Start (and Stick to!) an Exercise Routine On a Budget

Start (and Stick to!) an Exercise Routine On a Budget

There is a budget-friendly way to get fit for everyone on every budget so get it out of your head that you require a personal trainer, costly equipment or fancy spandex clothes in order to exercise.

Purchase a calendar that you’ll keep in a prominent location (the fridge?) where you will note your workout days and log your exercise every day. Write down your goals (lose weight, improve cardivascular health, become more flexible, etc.) and place your goals in a place where you’ll see them and can be reminded of them so you’ll better stay on track. Find a like-minded workout buddy that you can schedule exercise with and meet up at a regular time & place. You’re less likely to fall off the workout wagon if you have someone else counting on you!

Before you begin, make sure you’re in good health by getting a check-up from your doctor.


HIT THE STREETS

This is most often my exercise of choice, a walk or run through my neighborhood. I am fortunate to live in an area with plenty of good walking courses, some that have challenging up-hill sections. I appreciate that I can put my littlest one in his stroller and we can take a walk nearly any time of day and I don’t have to arrange babysitting for him.

Benefits of an outdoor exercise

    • It’s free! All you need is a decent pair of shoes.
    • Relaxing to get out in to the open air and hit the streets, rather than a treadmill in front of a television
    • Entire family can come along, so no babysitting is required

                         

Disadvantages of an outdoor exercise

  • Neighborhood may not be safe or comfortable to walk in (no sidewalk, poorly lit or too hilly)
  • Inclement weather (too hot, cold or wet)

BOTTOM LINE

Invest in a good pair of walking shoes. If your neighborhood isn’t ideal, considering driving a short distant to a nearby park or school that allows guests to walk on their track. Be sure not to let the walk become a stroll. You should still be challenging yourself and pushing yourself by extending your walking distance or by speeding up your time. My oldest son is interested in improving his long-distance running skills (he’s more of a sprinter) so he’s been joining me for jogs around the neighborhood. It’s nice to have the company and also to have someone encouraging me to get up at 5am for exercise!

Start (and Stick to!) an Exercise Routine On a Budget

Work Out in the Park – Fitness

RunDisney Running Programs – RunDisney


WORK UP A SWEAT…IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

I alternate an outdoor walk or jog with an in-home kettle bell workout. The kettle bell cost me less than $20 and I have found a wide variety of workouts online that I can do with it. I add in crunches, planks and push-ups to the routine and come out with a heart racing cardio workout in my living room. Consider streaming a workout video that you can follow on your TV (Zumba anyone?) My mom has the Leslie Sansone: Walk Away The Pounds: 30 Minute Walk DVD. I’ve done this with her and it’s excellent for getting a quick workout in at home, especially if space is limited.

                 

Benefits of exercising in your home

  • Minimal cost. Consider picking up a few inexpensive pieces of equipment like a yoga mat, kettle bell, free weights or a resistance band.
  • Ideal for those who are intimidated by the gym and would like to perfect their form or routines before taking it out of the house
  • Easy to squeeze in the time (early morning before rest of family awakens or during a child’s nap)

Disadvantages to exercising in your home

  • Too easy to get distracted (kids, chores, etc) with things that pull you away from or shorten your workout
  • Certain spaces might not be conducive to cardio or floor-based exercises (ie: floor too hard, area too small for some cardio routines)

BOTTOM LINE

A padded yoga-type mat can help cushion during some exercises when flooring is inappropriate. Resist the urge to exercise in your pajamas! You won’t put forth the effort needed for a decent workout. Slip on a good sports bra and gym clothes and pretend you’re at the gym. And so what if you are in your pjs and ready to watch your favorite show? Squeeze in a 5-minute set of crunches and planks during each commercial break!

Living Room Workouts – Pinterest

Top 23 At-Home Exercises – ACE Fitness


SQUEEZING IN A QUICK TEN AT YOUR DESK

We’ve all gotten deep into a project and suddenly 20 minutes at the computer turns into two hours! I have a reminder on my email system at work (you could use an app on your phone as well) to remind you to stand and stretch once every hour. Incorporate some neck, wrist and shoulder stretches to ease tension after long typing sessions.

Benefits of exercising at your desk

  • Easy to do in quick bursts of time and energy
  • Little to no equipment needed (you can even do it in heels!)
  • Beneficial to your health and back to move and stretch several times an hour

Disadvantages to exercising at your desk

  • You might feel embarrassed doing squats at your desk, especially if your desk isn’t in a private office! Do what is appropriate and feels comfortable. Ask your boss first for the okay if there is any question about the exercises.
  • May not get an elevated heart rate & will need to supplement with cardio

             

BOTTOM LINE

A desk exercise probably isn’t going to be strenuous enough to break a sweat, but it’s a great way to supplement your routine and keep limber. Resistance exercises are particular effective and quick to do while sitting.

10 Best Exercise to Do at Your Desk – Forbes

Exercise at Your Desk – WebMD


JOIN THE GYM

My husband has a gym membership and I do not. He was “grandfathered” in to his current rate, a very low $9.99. It makes sense for him as he goes to the gym after work, is able to shower there and go straight to school. If I were to join up, the cost would be about $20 a month (still pretty low) but only cost-effective if you can get there frequently. My schedule wouldn’t allow me to get there often enough so I’ve opted out of the gym membership and choose to exercise at home.

Benefits of a gym membership

  • Money invested into it may be a good incentive to go and “get your money worth”
  • Personal trainers may be available. This is sometimes given as a one-time sign up initiative that you should absolutely take advantage of.
  • Wide variety of exercise classes & equipment that can help prevent boredom

                 

Disadvantages of a gym membership

  • Hours open may not be conducive to your schedule
  • Cost may be prohibitive (monthly dues plus yearly renewal/initial sign-up fee)
  • Babysitting not always available or may be an additional cost

BOTTOM LINE

If you are considering joining up at the gym, first figure out roughly how often you’ll be able to go. Total the cost (including the initial sign-up fee) and get an “Average Cost Per Visit” so you’ll know if this is a price you are willing to spend per workout.


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WORK IT OUT… ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE

With the kids – Play with the kids when they play. Put on music and dance along with them. Climb the stairs, slide down the slide, push them on the swing. Anything to get you off the park bench and moving along with them.

In the car – Squeeze and hold your butt muscles tight while waiting at a red light (put the car into park first!)

In the kitchen – Do as many squats or jumps as you can while you wait for the pot of water to boil.

While you wait – Waiting your turn at the doctor or dentist office? Ask the receptionist if she’ll call or text you when you’re next in line. Why sit in the stale office reading old magazines if you can take a brisk walk outside instead?

When kids have extracurricular activities – Instead of sitting on a bench watching them practice, put on your walking shoes and go!


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Kick Start the New Year with a Healthier, Wealthier and Better Organized You! – Resolution Series

I’m ready for the fresh start that the new year brings! There’s something about flipping over to the first month on a brand new calendar that makes you ready to take on challenges and adventures. Even if you’ve been soured on New Year’s Resolutions in the past, I promise that these will be fun, practical, budget-friendly and totally do-able…which means even when February rolls around, you’ll still be in the resolution groove!

Resolution Series - Kick Start the Year Towards a Healthier, Wealthier and More Organized You!

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Blessings to you for a healthy and happy New Year!

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