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Keep your Fitness on Track with Sears FitStudio

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The most popular New Year’s resolutions are health related, including eating better, getting more exercise, and losing weight. People are often derailed from achieving their goals for numerous reasons. My issue is generally lack of focus. When it comes to resolutions that are long term, it’s best to determine the overall goal and then break it down into attainable steps. Sure I say I want to be more active, but without clearly defining specific goals, it’s much easier for my efforts to get sidetracked. My specific goals are to maintain 10,000 steps per day with an additional workout as often as I can but shooting for at least three times per week. With this defined, I can then rely on amazing resources like Sears FitStudio to keep me on track.

FitStudio is everything I need to tackle my resolution of being more active. After a quick sign up, FitStudio allows you to connect your apps and devices such as Fitbit and Jawbone – so you’re easily able to access all your fitness data in a single place. Visit the Goal Center to input your goals and how you’d like to track them. Track by number of workouts, calories burned, time, distance, and more. For mine I selected three workouts per week for four weeks, naming it “Complete 12 Workouts”. The goal then shows me how many workouts I have to finish, how many days are remaining in my goal, and other factors. I then have the option to create a new goal, extend it, or delete it. When I use an app or device that I’ve added to FitStudio, it automatically tracks the workout. Alternatively, I can add them in manually. At a glance, I can see all workouts from the week, month, or year.

A feature on FitStudio that is extremely helpful is the Workout Center. I know I want to work out, but I don’t always know which exercises I should do and sometimes I might need assistance on how to do those I choose. This section of FitStudio shows individual exercises and how to do each which detailed instructions. Or there are pre-set workouts and programs like The Busy Mom Workout or bunch of targeted workouts that focus on specific areas. All of which have me working up a sweat. There are also challenges where you can compete against yourself or head to head against other people. Check out the video challenges to learn more. FitStudio also offers reviews on equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise cycles. Read the good, the bad, the ugly. Each is given a FitStudio score based on performance, features, value and other criteria.

By far my favorite feature of FitStudio are the rewards. Yes, I’m rewarding myself by being more active and in turn being healthy. But how about something a little more tangible? FitStudio gives you points that are then redeemed for savings at Sears and Kmart. Earning for exercising? Yes, please! You get 2,000 points for signing up, 2,000 for completing your profile, and 1,000 for connecting a device. #Achieve15 is an easy way to earn 1,500 points by walking/running 15 miles or burning 1,500 calories! That’s an easy way to start earning. You’re then rewarded with points for each fitness activity and social activity! Burn calories? Earn points! Share your progress? Earn points! I’m all for positive reinforcement, especially when it comes in the form of shopping.

You do need to be a Sears Shop Your Way member in order to earn points, but that’s an easy sign up and totally worth it. Shop Your Way members who are registered users of FitStudio earn Shop Your Way points when they complete a qualifying activity as described in the activity description. The amount of points available for completing a qualifying activity vary. There may be limits to the amount of times a qualifying activity can be completed to earn points. There are many other perks to being a Shop Your Way member too.

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How can FitStudio keep you on track?

Fitness Tips For The Holidays


Fitness Tips For The Holidays

The holidays are approaching quickly and many people don’t want to derail their fitness and progress over a few celebratory months. Although it may be tempting to cheat on your healthy eating and push aside your fitness, it’s important to stay on track. These fitness tips for the holidays will keep you going all year long and if you follow them closely, you’ll be able to keep celebrating your success instead of starting over at New Year’s!
1. Make time to work out, even if it’s at home.
Often times, people travel during the holidays and end up putting any and all exercise on the back burner, especially if they’re away from their gym. The good news is that in today’s age, there are so many resources right at our fingertips! Between YouTube video workouts, Netflix, or even just running outdoors, there is still plenty of ways to get a great workout in during the holidays! One of the best fitness tips for the holidays is to never stop exercising. Once you do, it’s extremely hard to get back into the habit!
2. It’s okay to splurge, but be realistic.
Of course there are tons of treats around the holidays, and it’s often tempting to gorge all season long. Eating right and staying away from them is one of the best fitness tips for the holidays you can follow! As much as exercise and the gym are great, 80 percent of being healthy is eating correctly. Keep in mind that it’s okay to have a treat here and there, but don’t overdo it, and realize that it might cost a little more in the gym!
3. Don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself!
Just as with eating treats in moderation, it’s okay to take rest days in moderation during a vacation as well! Try not to get too into the habit of taking time off from exercise but if you have big plans, maybe skip the workout that day. Especially for something like a trip to the zoo, since you’ll be walking and exercising a lot anyway!
4. No zero days.
No zero days is a great fitness tip any time of year but definitely one of the most helpful fitness tips for the holidays! Essentially, you want to make sure you are doing something beneficial for your health every day . Whether it’s a walk at the mall for Christmas shopping, avoiding a large section of holiday baked goods, or getting in a great workout, just make sure that every day you put in an effort!
5. Drink plenty of water!
Drinking water is a huge part of gealth, weight loss, and overall fitness. Again, this fitness tip applies to all year, but as far as fitness tips for the holidays, it definitely ranks in the top! Making sure you stay on top of hydration and water intake is a huge deal, especially because it can be tempting to drink other holiday beverages like egg nog, or alcohol. It’s totally okay to splurge on those things but keep in mind that water intake is the most important!
What is the hardest part about staying healthy through the holidays for you?

Easy Ways to Exercise While You Travel



Do you like to travel, or just have to travel for work or other reasons?  Sticking to your exercise routines while you are traveling is not always easy because you are not near your local gym, don’t have any of your favorite workout gear with you and are not familiar with established routes. All of this should not stop you from getting in the exercise that you crave, and still be able to see everything you want to in your new destination. There are several easy ways to add exercise while you travel, and most of them are fun or give you a new way to see a city, countryside or beach town.


No matter what type of travel you are doing, or where you end up, here are a few easy ways to add exercise into your travels.


As You Go Rentals

More and more destinations are investing in citywide, pay as you go rentals for everything from bikes to fitness centers. These options are perfect for travelers that want to be able to access great facilities and equipment, without having to make a big commitment. Look for private or public bike share programs and use a bike to get around instead of taking the bus. Find hotels or fitness centers that offer day passes, or pay as you go passes that you can use during the duration of your trip.


Add a Walking Tour

Instead of booking a trolley tour that will drive you up to every landmark in the city, find a walking tour that forces you to get active. These tours let you see the city in a new light and have more of an insider feel than any of the larger tours that will drive you past a lot of places you might be interested in.


Create a YouTube Playlist

There are several fitness instructors, workouts and exercise ideas on YouTube, so before your flight, take the time to create a playlist. Use this playlist when you don’t have the time to get in a full workout, want a quick morning routine or have a rainy afternoon to fill. Its also the best way to make sure that you are working out and toning all parts of your body equally while you are away.


Try New Forms of Cardio

To get your cardio in and create some vacation memories, try out a new form of cardio like the locals would. Anything from rock climbing to kayaking to paddleboarding are fun ways to get out and get in a nice workout. Think about the destination and find an activity that pairs well with the locale. Anywhere near water is a new way to discover a fun water sport. Country destinations can include activities like hiking, climbing, cross country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter and even horseback riding.


Getting in your workout while traveling is all about including more physical activity into what you already have planned or need to get done while at your destination. Turn that activity into fun things to do while out of town and your exercise is as easy as having fun.

Whether you travel for enjoyment, or for other reasons, make sure you check out our partner site (owned by us) at That Traveling Chick, because we offer low prices on all sorts of travel as well as lots of great reviews on places we have traveled and travel tips.


Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Office Workout

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Office Workout


Have you heard about the latest 7-minute workout that combines 12 simple exercises and boasts great positive health and fitness benefits? Check out this video to see what it’s all about. Why not try and put those random minutes between meetings to a good use!

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Morning Workout Part 1

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Morning Workout Part 1

Mornings can be hard sometimes, and exercise seems to be the last thing on most people’s minds.  But, Shana says ~ Don’t feel guilty about hitting that snooze alarm in the morning. Try out these easy exercises you can do while still in bed! This is part one of a series that will get you feeling fit before you even leave the house.

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Look Thinner

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Look Thinner


Every girl in the world wants to look thinner.. at least all the girls I know do.    Shana shares a great tip on how you can look thinner in seconds, and it’s easy to do ;)


Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Fitness Stealers

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Fitness Stealers

Did you know there are several things we come across every day that are stealing our fitness? I never thought about it until I watched Shana’s video.  Find out what they are and how to find alternatives so you can stay strong and fit!


Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Commercial Break Workout

Sunday’s With Shana Schneider – Commercial Break Workout

An amazing and fun gal who makes fun fitness video’s was brought to my attention and when it was a light bulb in my head went on.  I have been wanting to share some of my own workouts on video with you, but am so busy I never find time to make my own video’s.  So, why not share other amazing ones until I can find the time to make my own.

Shana Schneider has some great workout tips, and advice and workouts in general.   I will share a new one with you weekly.

This one Shana says to put that remote control down and find out how watching commercials could be the perfect workout to get those arms toned for summertime tank tops!
These are great tips, but I wanted to also add a few more that I also do while commercials are on.
Squats,  Lunges,  Crunches,  Pushups,  Planks, High Knees  ~ all requiring no weights.   I even make hubby do them with me.    Not into any of these due to certain restrictions.  Try some light yoga or stretching during  a commercial.   Whatever you do, just get up off that couch ;)   Even if you Tivo things, stop fast forwarding thru commercials and give your body a gift.. the gift of grooving it ;)

Are You Still On Track With Your Fitness Goals?

We are entering our 3rd month of 2014, how are you doing with your fitness goals?   Have you given up already?  Did you try a new diet or fitness regimen that you haven’t done before ?   I think it’s kinda neat to see what is trending when it comes to diets.   Check out these stats for the end of 2013 and rising in popularity since 2012.

The Top Ten Diets (week ending 12/22/13):

1. Paleo Diet
2. Metabolism Miracle Diet
3. Atkins Diet
4. Gluten Diet
5. Diabetic Diet
6. South Beach Diet
7. Military Diet
8. Mediterranean Diet
9. Cabbage Soup Diet
10. Dash Diet

The Top Ten Rising Diets (The diets that have risen in popularity the most since 2012)
1. Metabolism Miracle Diet
2. Dash Diet
3. Heart Healthy Diet
4. Beyonce Diet
5. Bodybuilder Diet
6. Juice Diet
7. HCG Diet
8. Caveman Diet
9. ABC Diet
10. Master Cleanse Diet

- data comes from EMS access to information from the  68 most popular search engines. 

I myself have not tried any of these diets.  My hubby did the Atkins diet, did well but gained all the weight back.    How funny that there is a diet called the Beyonce diet.  Really?  How original is that!  LOL!!

I think I need to come up with a diet.  How about, eat to live diet.   Stop shoving crap in your mouth, boxed meals, foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce, things in jars and cans that will never go bad, over processes, loaded with fake sugar, msg, dye, etc.   Just eat clean, fruits, veggies, protein, nuts, whole grains, good carbs, and even a sweet treat every now and then.

It is so sad to see all these Mom’s shoving McDonald’s at their kids, or sending them off to school with what they think is a healthy snack because the TV said so, when in all reality it is something packed with sugar and ick.   People need to read labels more, and stop thinking that it is to expensive or to hard to feed a family healthy.   You can feed your family healthy, on a budget.

Don’t worry if you have slightly lost sight of your health goals for 2014.   Get up, brush yourself off and get back on track.   Don’t put yourself on a “diet”, put yourself on a life style change.  It is easier to keep up with and offers way more leeway so you don’t beat yourself up if you slip here or there.  But, all in all, aside from changing the way you eat, make sure you are grooving your body.   MOVE IT to LOSE IT!

Wanna join me in my fitness journey?  Check out what I do at Train Dirty Fitness Bombshell.

Daily Tips for Staying Healthy



When I am chatting with others I meet or conversations on Facebook or in online communities I belong it always surprises me how much I hear others say that they have no time to be healthy or work on their fitness.   I totally understand a busy life, but when it comes to staying healthy and fit it is very important for us to slow down and fit it in.   I thought I would bring you all some great daily tips for staying healthy.   These are simple, and don’t take a ton of your daily time.  I thought I would include some of mine, and some of Andrea Woroch’s tips who is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles.

Smile ~  A study on human responses to smiling conducted by the University of Kansas and reported in Psychological Science found that those who grin feel better emotionally and physically, especially during difficult situations. Smiling also helped lower stress and improved heart health.  Smile at people you don’t know, and see what their reaction is.  A smile is catchy, like a cold.. but way better for you.

Walk ~  The popular step counter, Fitbit, recommends taking 10,000 steps each day while the average American only takes 5,000. Add extra steps to your daily routine by opting for a parking spot at the back of the lot, going for a work-walk meeting with your colleagues, and skipping the escalator or elevator in favor of the stairs which helps you burn 40 percent more calories!  Take your pets for a walk, because they need the exercise as well.

Stand and Stretch ~ Those who spend most of the day sitting — whether at a desk for work or after hours slouched on the couch watching TV — could be at increased risk for cancer and heart disease. When at work, make sure to get up every hour and move around, use a stand-up desk or take a conference call for a walk. Set reminders on your computer to get up a few times throughout the day to stretch your legs.  I make a point of getting up to do things like dishes, laundry, let the dogs out, and even will get up and lay on the floor to pump out some crunches or a plank.

Watch What You Eat ~  Knowing calorie, fat and sodium content of food can help you better understand what to eat and what to avoid. This is especially important when eating out, since the calorie and fat content of dishes can be misleading. For example, a diner at Applebee’s might be surprised to learn the Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger has less calories, fat and sodium than the Oriental Grilled Chicken Salad.  There are many great phone apps that help with keeping track of your calories or intake every day.  I use the Fitbit one, but there are many others that help.

Bike It ~  Riding your bike can boost your energy by 20 percent, according to a study reported by Women’s Health magazine. Use your bike to get to and from work, run errands around town and meet up with friends for brunch on the weekend.   I have just recently rediscovered my love for riding my bike.  I have an older mountain bike, but still enjoy an evening ride with my hubby.

Workout at Home ~ There are tons of great sites that offer free workout videos at home with cardio and strength-training moves. Check BodyRock for high-intensity interval training workouts. If you’re looking for something more mellow, check out the free videos at YogaDownload and stretch your way to a leaner body!  There are many fitness experts on Facebook that post daily workouts as well.   A person doesn’t have to pay for great workouts anymore, if you just do a little research.

Share a Workout ~ You probably have a few workout DVDs collecting dust in your media center. If you’re sick of the routines, call up some friends and organize a DVD swap to get fresh workouts for free! Better yet, schedule a time to do the workout with a friend so you’re more motivated to get up and go.  You might find that a friend has a workout that you have been eyeballing but didn’t have the money to buy.  Great way to try new things.

Cheap Fitness Gear ~ There are tons of treasures waiting to be plucked up from garage sales in your area and it’s a great way to get cheap workout equipment like dumbbells, benches, jump ropes and even cardio machines. Review your daily newspaper for upcoming listings or simply go for a spin around town on Saturday morning to find signs pointing you to various sales. Many people run groups on Facebook for local swapping.  I myself run a few and they are great for finding all kinds of goodies, cheap.

Step on It ~  People who use a scale on a daily basis were found to maintain their body weight which is crucial to heart health. According to a study reported on by Prevention magazine, daily weighers dropped twice as many pounds as weekly weighers. The article also suggests basic, cheap scales are preferable to high-tech ones that also purport to measure your body fat and muscle weight. Win win!  I weigh myself every morning, at about the same time.   Doing this helps me keep myself inline from day to day.  I know my body will fluctuate, so take into account time of month or what I ate/drank the day before.  But, I know if I see a number I don’t like, I can fix that by watching my intake that day.

Close Your Eyes ~ Getting a minimum of seven to eight hours of Zs is crucial for well being, brain power and weight maintenance. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, review your bedtime rituals. Make sure your TV and gadgets are turned off 30 to 60 minutes before bed as the light keeps your mind racing.  Doing some light yoga helps to relax you as well.  I love some light evening yoga, and using some essential oils to drift off to sleep.

Food Groups ~ Eating the suggested daily portions of vegetables and fruit are crucial to overall health. The more colorful your plate, the more nutrients you consume to fight fat and disease. When shopping for produce, choose organic wisely and avoid paying a premium for fruits and veggies with tough skins. You can also save by opting for frozen berries and vegetables which contain the same vitamins and nutrients than the fresh options.  Making sure you get a well rounded daily intake either by juicing things you don’t care for, or eating a good mix of fruits, veggies, protein and good carbs.

Water, Water, Water ~ It is so important to drink plenty of water every day.  You should drink 1/2 your body weight in oz. per day.   Or at least try for the 8, 8 oz glasses of water.  Water helps your body in so many ways, so don’t order a pop next time you go out to eat… just have water.

Research and Learn ~ If ever in question on anything in life, the internet is only a click away.  Research is key, every day, to learn about ways you can stay healthy.  Sites like Molina Healthcare are great places to find information on daily questions.  I find that we research many things online, and there are days I can’t imagine what we did without internet.

Extra Time ~  There are always a few minutes here and there in your day that you can squeeze in something that will do your body good.   Set you alarm for 15 minutes earlier than normal and do some yoga to start your day.   Put the kids to bed 1/2 hour early so you can unwind and do yoga, or a workout video, or just have some alone time to relax.  Hire a baby sitter once a week so you can hit the gym, or go for a run/walk or take a fitness class.  Lots of ideas, all that is needed is you to implement one of them.

Whatever you do, daily, just make every day the best you can.