I know that I’m seriously out of shape. Being overweight is a dead giveaway, but not all overweight people are out of shape. I know plenty of overweight men and women who are in awesome shape and can accomplish things that people half their size can’t do.
I realized I was really out of shape when I started back to work. I recently started working part time in a daycare setting. I work with a lot of children from newborns to teens (teenagers rarely, if ever, show up but they are welcome there). I find myself doing a lot of bending over, picking up, crawling on the floor and having to sit on those itty bitty toddler chairs. Almost every day I come home achy.
The parking lot situation is also crazy. Often I have to park far away from the entrance to the building.
I really get a work out at work. LOL!
What I need to do it get in shape. The summer is a great time to do that because the weather is good for walking (except those super hot and humid days) and we have access to our condo complex’s pool. Swimming is an excellent workout. It’s low impact and it cools you off at the same time.
I headed off to Walmart with my family to pick up some essentials to help me shape up this summer. As soon as we walked into Walmart we headed straight to the section that holds exercise equipment and the like.
My kids REALLY wanted me to get a treadmill. I would in a heartbeat if we had the money and the room for one. One day I’d like to get one.
My daughter tried to convince me to get an ab roller. That was not what I had in mind. I was specifically looking for some hand weights to help me tone up and build muscle and something I could use to help me work out while I was walking.
I found a walking DVD which I almost bought, but my husband question why I would need a DVD for walking. I guess he has a point.
I did want to get some weights so I can tone up my flabby arms and build some muscles. I had thought about a kettle ball, but in the end I opted for a pair of 3 pound hand weights.
While we were there we checked out some bikes. I REALLY want a bike. I would love for my entire family to have bikes so we can ride around the lake where we live, or even just around the condo complex where we live. Currently my son is the only family member with a bike. Our daughter outgrew hers.
Getting bikes for my whole family is on my “Bucket List”. Bike riding is not only a great workout it’s also fun and a great bonding family experience.
We also picked up a new basketball. We had one but we lost it. I think we left it at the park one day. My family enjoys shooting hoops together at our local elementary school. Ever since we lost our basketball we haven’t been able to play. My kids are excited that we have a new ball now. The weather has been “iffy” this weekend so we’ll shoot for next weekend (no pun intended – LOL).
While we were at Walmart I swung by the health section to pick up some more vitamins. Now that I work around a lot of little children I have a feeling I’m going to be exposed to colds more often. I wanted to pick up something that would help boost my immunity so that I don’t get sick, or bring home anything to give my family a cold.
The health section is where I found some Balance Bars that I tossed into our shopping cart too. Someone must have stocked up on them because there were hardly any available and only in two varieties. I wanted to get an assortment of Balance Bars.
The reason why I wanted to stock up on Balance Bars is because I want to participate in Balance Bar’s Summer Shape Up Challenge.
Balance Bar® Summer Shape-Up Challenge kicks off to help consumers move more, eat healthier and feel great while enjoying summer. The 40-day Challenge will be filled with 30-minute workouts, healthy eating tips and multiple social media giveaways on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Holly Del Rosso, an NASM certified personal trainer, created the exercise program which includes 18 different 30-minute workouts focused on different parts of the body such as abs, legs and back.
I want to participate because I am interested in the 30 minute work outs, especially ones that can help me with my “problem areas” like my legs and arms.
I have blogged about Balance Bars in the past (they are so yummy!).
Balance Bars are made with ingredients and nutrients specifically formulate to keep you in “balance”. Balance Bars are available in 20 different flavors. Each one is based on the 40/30/30 nutrition model – 40% calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from dietary fat. This ratio helps to provide your body with long lasting balanced energy, maintain blood sugar levels and helps satisfy your hunger.
Balance Bar is hosting a Twitter chat on July 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EST). The official hashtag is #BalanceShapeUp. I’ll be there and I hope you will be too. I’m excited to see what tips and tricks I can learn to help me with my Summer Shape Up.
For more information about Balance Bars please visit Balance.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The links are above (in the quoted section).
For more information about the Summer Shape Up Challenge please click on this link – Balance Summer Shape Up Challenge.
Be sure to check out the delicious recipe section while you are there.
For a Walmart location near you visit www.Walmart.com.
Balance Bar would like to give a lucky reader a variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10.00 Walmart gift card to pick up any summer essentials you might need. Thank you Balance Bar.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell what is your favorite way to shape up?
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*I have partnered with Balance Bar to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Balance Bar will be providing the prize.