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Every Day is a Gift and a Chance to Give Back

Hi Passion Fit Crew! I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start. Over the last several months, I’ve been writing so much for third party magazine and news publications that I haven’t had as much time to write in my own Passion Fit blog lately. Therefore, I wanted to take some time to do just that, because I’ve had a lot on my mind these days and enjoy sharing my thoughts and ideas with you guys. I tend to get more personal in these posts as well, which is always nice for me to connect with my readers on a deeper level. In today’s post, I’d like to share my thoughts on why every new day is a gift and a chance to give back. In my opinion,

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Tips for Incorporating In-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Your Meals

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in 10 adults in the U.S. gets enough fruits and vegetables in his or her meals. This statistic is based on federal guidelines and recommendations stating that adults should eat 2-3 cups of vegetables and 1 1/2-2 cups of fruit per day. Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, folate and more to prevent many diseases and infections and also keep our bodies functioning optimally. As we are now in the spring season and heading into summer, there are more fresh, organic fruits and vegetables available that can be incorporated into nutrition plans and meals in creative ways. To read the full article in the Los

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4 Ways to Convince Your Boss to Give You a More Flexible Work Schedule

After my younger son was born, I knew I needed to scale back. It was the spring of 2011, and I was on maternity leave from my digital advertising sales job at Google. I loved my job and had been promoted right before I went on maternity leave—when I was eight months pregnant—so I knew they valued my work and me as an employee. To read the full article in Working Mother Magazine, click here.  

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Why You Should Never Skip Your Post-Workout Cooldown

One of the biggest culprits for skipping your workout? Not having enough time. That not only translates to missed classes and training sessions, but it usually means that when you do manage to get to the gym, you’re more inclined to cut corners (like reps, sets, stretches, warm-ups, and cooldowns) to save some precious time. To read the full article in Shape Magazine, click here.  

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Seamless Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Schedule this Spring

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, only 21 percent of adults in the U.S. are meeting the weekly guidelines for exercise. Not only are many people too busy to exercise, but the number is probably even lower in the winter months, when the weather is colder and people fall ill during cold and flu season. To read the full article in the Los Altos Town Crier, click here.

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Debunking the Myths about Dance Workouts

Many people are under the misconception that dancing isn’t a very effective workout. While there may be variances by individual, according to research conducted by the American Council on Exercise, dance classes like Zumba can burn on average between 300 and 400 calories per hour and are considered effective, full-body regimens. Based on this information, following are four myths about dance workouts that can be busted. To read the full article in the Los Altos Town Crier, click here.

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The 5 Biggest Health Mistakes Working Moms Make

According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, women are more likely to experience physical and emotional symptoms of stress than men are, and it is often due to women trying to balance work and family needs. This juggling act can also cause working moms to make errors when it comes to managing their physical well-being. Here’s a list of the five biggest mistakes often made and how to correct them for optimal health in the future. To read the full article in Working Mother Magazine, click here.

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5 Sneaky Tricks That Make Being a Working Mom Easier in Peak Cold and Flu Season

Sure, cold weather may not be responsible for your kids’ colds—but it certainly doesn’t help keep them away. According to the CDC, elementary school-aged kids get, on average, eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each year. As a busy working mom, it can derail your entire week when your kids get sick. While there are many things that can be done throughout the year to prevent colds and the flu, here are tips for how to deal with them when they’ve already happened, so you can quickly get your kids healthy and get back to work. To read the full article in Working Mother Magazine, click here.

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Tips for Busy Moms to Claim a Little “Me Time”

According to a study on WebMD, many people, especially women, are less happy than they were 40 years ago due to a lack of time for themselves. Moms, in particular, struggle with finding balance because they’re so busy meeting work and/or volunteer deadlines and tending to the needs of their families and homes. Following are some ideas to help busy moms claim some time for themselves, especially during this busy time of year. To read the full article in the Los Altos Town Crier, click here.

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End of Year Reflections

As as the year is coming to a close, I wanted to write today about end of year reflections. No matter what is currently happening in your life or what happened earlier this year, in my opinion, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the past year and take note of what went well, what was challenging and what you learned from your experiences. I also think it’s important to take the time to focus on what you’ve been grateful for this year. To encourage you all to do these things for yourselves, I’ll take you through this process with my own end of year reflections as an example for all of you. Career: This year was off to a busy start for me, as I was working

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