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5 Yoga Poses for Fall

With the kids back in school, moms can carve out a little time during the day to tone their triceps, gain a little flexibility, and find a moment of inner peace.

Whether you’ve never gotten into a yoga pose in your life or if you’ve worn out a mat or two, give these 5 yoga poses a try at home. It’s not that hard to squeeze in 15 minutes sometime before afternoon pickup, right?

For each pose (asana) focus more on trying than on perfecting and don’t stress about how “good” you are — non-judgment being one of the tenets of yoga.

Child’s Pose

Also known as “wisdom pose,” balasana connects your heart and your intuitive center to the earth, from where we draw feminine energy as we seek inspiration and creativity.

New Year, New You! Mile High Mamas’ Healthy Living Giveaways

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This year, we’re helping you stay on track of your healthy living resolutions. Enter below to win some great items that will help you feel refreshed, recharged and renewed!

The Ballet Physique DVD Collection

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If you want the body of a dancer without actually having to be one, you’re in luck. Just released in December 2012, The Ballet Physique DVD Collection is the first workout series from Littleton-based barre fitness studio, The Ballet Physique. Barre fitness has quickly become one of Hollywood’s go-to workouts because it fuses precision-based strength training with elements of classical ballet to produce lean and shapely muscles and rapidly transform the entire body. The Collection features two-discs and a Ballet Physique exercise ball that will whip your body into shape in no time. This is one tough workout, but the results are incredible. Just look at the abs on these ladies!

Great Gadgets for a Healthier 2012

By now, most of us have completely forgotten what our new year’s resolutions were. Most likely they had something to do with getting healthier and spending more time with family. Well, this year one of my new year’s resolutions is to run the Taste of Louisville Half Marathon and to do so I’ve got to stay on track with eating and running – not to mention I need to shed a few pounds to get to the achieve an ideally steady pace.

I’m always on the lookout for health and fitness gadgets and resources for the kitchen to promote healthy eating. I’d love to share with you some of my recent favorites. Dust off those resolutions and get back on track with me with the help of these great tools.

8 Amazing Fitness Apps for New Year’s Resolutions

Like many other women, I could eat all the calories I wanted and not gain a single pound…until I was pregnant with our first child. Suddenly my metabolism slowed down and it seemed pounds were flocking to my midsection like never before. Naturally, I’ve had to turn to cardio workouts and calorie counting to help stave off the unwanted poundage. Being a lover of all things apps, naturally I’m always looking for ones to aid this process. Let’s take a look at some of my personal favorites:

How to stay fit this winter

Outdoor-workout enthusiasts reveled in a balmy autumn, running, hiking and cycling for as long as possible before the snow finally fell.

But as colder days and earlier nightfall give way to freezing temperatures, slippery snow and numbing winds can kill motivation for even the most hard-core exercisers.

Instead of hibernating, fitness experts say that transitioning now to indoor workouts that challenge your body in different ways can lift spirits while maintaining sports performance and base-line conditioning until spring.

“Athletes who shift workouts indoors often find that when they do go back outside, they are better,” says Shannon Fable, group fitness manager at the Colorado Athletic Club in Boulder. “They’ve given their body a chance to recover from overuse injuries that occurred from running or biking every day. And they’ve taken the time to build their other core components of fitness, including coordination, flexibility, strength training and cardiovascular.”

Use these tips to keep up with exercise despite the cold: