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Health and fitness have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Running has always been my go-to outlet to release stress and negative energy, which in my profession as a teacher are two things you don't want to have the in the classroom! I love lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement to get a good sweat on at the end of a long day. It helps me prepare mentally and emotionally for the following day's events. But when I had kids these running moments started to become even more important for my personal health. I found it was a great way to get some alone time to gather my thoughts and regain myself so I could be the best version of me for my family. When you add the needs of other family members on top of everything you already had going on in your life, you quickly realize that a clear head helps you maintain the best outlook on things in your professional life as well as your personal life too.
Between work, daycare, Kindergarten, sports and other activities I have to make sure I carve out time for my runs and exercise. I could easily dismiss my fitness and blame it on my busy schedule. But again, I refuse to do that because I find I'm in a much better place mentally when I make sure to get in a good workout. The struggle can be real. I have yet to find a time when I don't try to tell myself I'm too tired or I don't feel good. The hardest times seem to be during my time of the month. Last month I tried to tell myself I couldn't workout because I wasn't prepared. So this time I loaded the kids (yes, all three of them) into the car and headed to CVS to stock up on my favorite U by Kotex® products which specifically designs their products to help make your period manageable and easier. This brand wants women to share with them what we want in their products as well as hear what we have to say about our period. The Period Project is a program that gives women the opportunity to voice what they need when it comes to their period. U by Kotex® wants to work with us to make a change in the category by letting us be part of the conversation! For my lifestyle I need products that are comfortable and allow me to maintain my busy day to day activities - including running. U by Kotex® Click® Tampons are designed small and protect big. Plus they are perfect to throw into my wallet for when heading to the gym, work or even before a long trail run. I also grabbed U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons which have an exclusive anti-slip rubbery grip. Finally, I made sure to stock up on a box of U by Kotex® Barely There Liners because these come in handy for those light days, are super flexible and move any way you do. They are so small too and can also conveniently fit within my wallet for easy grab-and-go action as needed!
I found that another way to help me stay motivated and keep on my fitness track is to periodically update my workout wardrobe. When I got home from my CVS trip I started to clean out my closet in preparation for my upcoming fitness fashion shopping trip. But I decided to keep a few of my old stretchy t-shirts to repurpose into some easy DIY headbands. I actually made a couple of these headbands for my girls with their old baby clothes and figured I might as well as some more to my own collection! I can't explain how easy these headbands are - I mean, the hardest part is the cutting. For real.
DIY T-Shirt Headbands
1. Find an old t-shirt you are ready to cut up, preferably jersey or stretchy material.
2. Measure a strip about six inches long and cut it out. You want to start above the seam so you don't include it in your headband.
3. Take your strip and make a circle.
4. Next, twist the ends to make a figure 8 shape. Do this twice.
5. Lastly, grab the two ends to create your headband.
These headbands are perfect to just throw into my bag or car so I make sure I always have something to pull back those little pieces when I run. I love that they are tight fitting to my head too and rarely slip. Plus they are SO EASY and cute!
Life is busy. Life is chaotic. Life is just plain crazy! But my health and fitness are a priority when it comes to my mental health, even with the buzz of work and family. When it comes to my period, nothing will hold me back either because the U by Kotex® brand wants us to tell them what we think - not the other way around!
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What keeps you going, even during your time of the month?