Get Fit as a Family

Being active as a family is a great way to emphasize the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle with your children. They reap the benefits of all that an active lifestyle can bring and will be more likely to be a healthy, active adult!

There are many ways to be active with your family and have fun at the same time. Try these:

Create your own Olympics. Split the family into teams and compete against each other. Hold events like sack races, 3-legged races, relays and more. Use a measuring stick and see who can jump the furthest and highest. Have an egg toss, dribble a ball around obstacles or see who is the most accurate when throwing a ball. The possibilities are endless. Include the neighborhood to add to the competition.

Get Wet. When the weather heats up, there are plenty of ways to be active while cooling down. Hook up a sprinkler or water slide. Run, jump and laugh as you strengthen family bonds. If there’s a pool nearby, enjoy some water volleyball or basketball. Pull out the car, fill up buckets with soapy water and have a fun car wash.

Play Ball. Grab a ball and head outside to play anything from organized sports to fun games. Spud is a great game for families of all ages and it’s tons of fun. Or get the neighborhood kids together and set up a pick up basketball, baseball or soccer game. Impromptu games can help build skills and confidence without the pressure and stress of organized sports, while also encouraging teamwork and sportsmanship.

Take a hike. Go for a walk or hike and take in nature. Make it a game by spotting birds and plants along your way. Or just enjoy the quality time with everyone and use it as a time to catch up.

Create a Challenge. For example, commit to being active five days a week for the next six weeks or to compete in a 5K. A challenge will get everyone to try something new while learning how to set and accomplish goals. Make it fun and let each family member choose their own challenge if everyone has different interests.

Scavenger Hunt. Make it family-only or involve the neighborhood, scavenger hunts can be as involved as you like. Create a list from common items within your house or neighborhood. You could also do an “active” scavenger hunt where certain items on the list are activities like kicking a ball through a goal or doing a number of jumping jacks.

Go for a ride. Take a family bike ride. This is a great way to spend time together and enjoy some fresh air. Cruise your neighborhood or ride to your local coffee shop for breakfast or a late afternoon treat. Bike riding can also be a great way to get in some activity while on vacation. Check out the local scenery and town. In some places, you can take a ride on the beach.

All of these activities will help build family bonds and relationships. The idea is to have fun, keep moving and spend time together. Your family will see that being active can be fun and can help them feel good, too.

This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Berks County Living

Meet The Faces of Katie K Active! Define YOUR Brave & Join Today! #DefineBrave

Meet the faces of Katie K Active! Define YOUR brave and join today!

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In early 2014, three outstanding women were selected to represent the faces of the Katie K Active including actress and model Ivory May, Fitness Guru Yami Mufdi and influencer Aliah Davis-McHenry, founder of The Get Fit Diva. These women were chosen because they are confident about who they are and it shows. They are comfortable in their own skin, inspirational and motivated. They #DefineBrave with their healthy and active lives!

Katie K Active launched its #DefineBrave campaign in April 2014 to highlight women through their own stories and experiences.  Each woman defines HER brave in a different and unique way to her.  Ivory, Yami and Aliah were asked to be the Lead Ambassadors and model Katie K Active because they are going after their dreams and accomplishing their goals. They are strong women who encourage and inspire others to live their best life.  After the photo shoot in early 2014, Ivory, Yami and Aliah were asked what THEIR #DefineBrave statement would be and this is what they had to say:

Ivory DefineBrave Ambassador

“I love the feel and fit of this fabric and how it hugs my curves! I was thrilled to be a part of the Katie K Active #DefineBrave story when I first heard about the inclusive sizing. Now my girlfriends of all sizes can rock Katie K Active either at the gym or getting coffee. I am especially excited to have this new gear to play beach volleyball. I know it will stay put and stretch with me. The hoodie will be great for warming up. My #DefineBrave is feeling confident no matter what my size. I love staying active and comfortable as I travel around the globe. –Ivory May

 

Yami DefineBrave Ambassador

“To be completely comfortable in your own skin, no matter the size, is to #DefineBrave. For so many years, and for as long as I could remember, I was always the self-conscious girl in the corner never participating in anything. I would work out for countless hours to try and “fix” my body.  I always cared about what others thought and not truly happy because I was always so focused on every little negative thing on my body. Now, I have a completely different mind set. I work out because I LOVE my body, not because I hate it. This is not the end for me …this is the beginning. –Yami Mufdi

 

Aliah DefineBrave Ambassador

“I’m a married millennial working mom of two and always on the go. Being part of the Katie K Active #DefineBrave movement speaks to the way I live my active and healthy life and how I also want to look fabulous while doing so! #DefineBrave means looking good, feeling good, and being confident whether I’m spending quality time with my sons or at important client meeting or at the gym working on my fitness goals. I love that Katie K Active makes me feel good from the inside out!” –Aliah Davis-McHenry

Katie K Active defines OUR brave by being an inclusive brand, using our Double-fit Technology and believing in our 100% Confidence guarantee.  We are an inclusive brand, offering every style in every color for sizes 2 to 3X.  Katie K Active’s Double-Fit Technology ensures the perfect fit through our size range.   By fitting our line on a straight size fit model and a plus size fit model, we make sure we adjust the line to create a flawless yet comfortable fit.  Lastly, we feel that even with our expert construction, premium fabrics and attention to detail, if you do not feel 100% confident in our clothing, then please return your items.  We want to help women feel confident and excited to live their best life.

Katie K Active Ambassadors are fashion, fitness, health/wellness enthusiasts, bloggers or emerging influencers who are passionate about the health, fitness and fashion industry!  The Ambassadors are a wide variety of women but all have a strong passion for life that shines through. Katie K Active’s founder, Katie Kozloff works closely with each Ambassador to get their insight and feedback in order to make sure she is providing fans with the best products in the desired styles and trends.

To learn more about Katie K Active and their Katie K Active Ambassador Program or to apply, email them directly at Blogs@katiekactive.com.

This blog post was featured April 24, 2014 on Plus Model Magazine

Join Katie K Active at the Nashville Rock-n-Roll Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO, April 24th and 25th! #RNRNashville

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Join Katie K Active at the Nashville Rock n Roll Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO!

Dates: April 24-25, 2014

Location: Nashville Music City Center, Hall C-D, Booth 829 #RNRNashville

Expo Hours: Thursday, April 24, 12pm – 7pm & Friday, April 25, 10am – 7pm

Free Admission: Open to the public

There are many parking lots, garages and meters available in downtown Nashville, including Park It Downtown.

Directions: For directions, please visit the Nashville Music City Center web site

The St Jude Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan, features a two-day Health & Fitness EXPO prior to the race, where all participants pick up their race packets. Free and open to the public, this EXPO features the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays.

7 Eco-Friendly Fitness Tips

Love to work out and help the environment? Good news! You can combine both your loves by heading these eco-friendly fitness tips.

  1. Invest in a reusable water bottle or a few. Only a small percentage of plastic bottles are actually recycled, and since there so many fun options out there now, you can easily find one to meet your eneds. There are even some made from recycled products. Switch over and help to reduce the waste in your local landfill.
  1. Toss your old, used sneakers. Take gently used sneakers to Goodwill or a shelter in your area. You can also send them to an organization that will find needy feet to fill them. Soles4Soles is “saving the world – one pair at a time.” Organize a shoe drive and mail the collected pairs to one of their warehouses. Have sneakers that are beyond “gently used?” Send them to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to turn your sneakers into a recycled product called Nike Grind. This is used to make tracks, indoor basketball courts, fields and playgrounds.
  1. Walk or ride your bike to work and reduce your carbon footprint. You will get the extra benefit of being in the fresh air, which will invigorate you and get your blood pumping and ready for the work day. If this is not an option, try to rely on public transportation or carpooling.
  1. Reduce your electricity use. Replace an old treadmill or bike with a newer version that converts your energy from the workout into electricity to power the display panel. Check around your community to see if you have a recycling center that will take your old machine and can find a use for its parts. Donate less bulky, gently used equipment to local charities like Boys and Girls Clubs. There are also organizations that take your unwanted gear and send it to children in need, such asSports Gift and Fitness 4 Charity.
  1. Buy Eco-friendly fitness products. Many companies make products from recycled materials to produce clothes, shoes, yoga mats and more. Patagonia, Moving Comfort, Gaiam and Athleta are just a few. All have eco-friendly items made from recycled fabrics (polyester, spandex), organic fabrics (cotton, nylon, spandex) or everyday recyclables (plastic bottles, coffee grinds). After picking up new eco-friendly clothing, donate your old gear to a local shelter or charity.
  1. Plant a vegetable garden or spice garden. It is fun to learn how to plant and grow items for your own use. You will learn to eat new vegetables and create exciting new recipes based on the different seasons. Plus, you will always have the right items on hand, ready to use, without having to run out to the store.
  1. Donate your time and get fit. There are many charities that are based around helping people be fit and active which, in turn, helps them gain confidence and have the tools to accomplish their goals. Volunteer with Back on My Feet or Girls on the Run to help promote the impact that living an active, healthy life can provide to one’s life.

Katie Kozloff-Banks, Wyomissing, is the owner of Taffy Activewear and Katie K Active. Her closets are full of fun activewear! Her favorite activewear lines, besides her own, include Puma and Reebok. Check out her collection at katiekactive.com

This article appears in the April 2014 issue of Berks County Living. Did you like what you read here? Subscribe to Berks County Living »

Visit Katie K Active at the MORE Magazine Fitness EXPO in NYC April 11th-12th!

Visit Katie K Active + fellow leading stars of active gear at the MORE Magazine and Fitness EXPO, Friday April 11th and Saturday, April 12th for exclusive deals, prizes and meet the founder Katie K herself!

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The EXPO is FREE + OPEN to the public.

The EXPO will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), NYC

Friday, April 11, 2014: 11am – 7pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014: 10am – 5pm

We will have our NEW line ready to debut and buy! Come check our booth, feel the quality of Katie K Active and meet the founder herself, Katie! Ask her to #DefineBrave!

We will be hosting some fun giveaways for those who can make it to NYC and also for those of you too far away! Stay Tuned!

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