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50% More In March & A Giveaway!

March 5, 2014 | Eat, Fitness, Food, Giveaway, Training | 70 Comments

It’s a new month and, with every new month, many of us seem to make new goals.

Have you made any new goals this month?

In the past, I’ve made long lists at the beginning of every month of new things I wanted to do, goals I wanted to accomplish, and changes I wanted to make. That was all fine and dandy, but I find that when I focus on one thing rather than a whole list of things, I am more successful. So, for the past few months I’ve just been focusing on one goal at the beginning of each month.

For March, I will be teaming up with Musselman’s as they are introducing their new BIG CUP of applesauce with 50% more (6 oz. vs. 4 oz.) applesauce than their original cup!

Since their cups contain 50% more applesauce, we’re encouraging you to do 50% more this month for a chance to win Musselman’s Unsweetened Applesauce as well as a $25.00 Nike gift card!

So, how will you do 50% more this month?

This month I will be focusing on doing 50% more stretching.

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I train four days and have three rest/recovery days per week. I put all my effort into my training days to become stronger, faster, and more fit, but I realized that I wasn’t putting all of my effort into rest/recovery days.

Rest/recovery days are just as important as training days, so I decided to change this and start putting more effort into resting and recovering.

In order to rest and recover better, I’ve implemented foam rolling and a series of hip mobility stretches into my rest/recovery days. This is what my routine looks like:

10 minutes foam rolling (quads, hams, calves, adductor, piriformis, etc.)

Front-to-back leg swings

Side-to-side leg swings

Stand squats

Fire hydrants

Active spiderman stretch

I usually do 10 – 15 reps of each exercise 3 – 4 times.

Since implementing this little stretch routine into three days of my week, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my flexibility, range of motion, and form.

What will you do 50% of this month?

You will receive one entry for the giveaway by telling me how you will do 50% more this month. The giveaway will end on March 31st and the winner will be announced at the beginning of April.

Feel free to join in with me by doing 50% more stretching this month! 

Musselman’s compensated me for my work; however, all opinions are and always will be my own. 


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  1. Reply

    Melanie

    March 5, 2014

    This month i will be putting 50% more effort into implementing more variety into my diet. I find i become very ridged with my food and I really need to get out of my “comfort zone” and introduce foods back into my lifestyle :)

  2. Reply

    sarah

    March 5, 2014

    I will do 50% more reading and less TV and Netflix watching!

  3. Reply

    Linz @ Itz Linz

    March 5, 2014

    i will do 50% for getting things ready for baby itz! :) :)

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    Elizabeth

    March 5, 2014

    50% more stretching would be a great goal for me. Stretching is usually the first thing to go when I’m on a tight schedule, and I know I need to make more time for it to stay injury free!

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    Elizabeth

    March 5, 2014

    50% stretching would be a great goal for me this month!

  6. Reply

    50% more yoga! I already went from twice a week to now three times and I want to keep it up :)

  7. Reply

    Katie

    March 5, 2014

    50% more…Walking! Since the temps are warming up, I’m going to get outside & walk!

  8. Reply

    Livi

    March 5, 2014

    I definitely don’t stretch enough! I will be trying a lot more this month!

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    Hannah

    March 5, 2014

    stretching and recovery. i suck at resting and need to relax. and make an effort to sleep better. also getting out more even in the cold. :(

  10. Reply

    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun

    March 5, 2014

    I am doing 50% more strength training and cross training when starting back to running after an injury!

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings

    March 5, 2014

    My goal is to do 50% more drinking water. I really dislike drinking water in the winter, but have to make more of an effort. I am going to bulk up my herbal tea stock to keep myself motivated to drink more.

  12. Reply

    hannah

    March 5, 2014

    is apple sauce part of whole 30? i know you mentioned you are being more open, but i don’t think i’ve ever seen you eat apple sauce before? just curious!

  13. Reply

    Laurel C

    March 5, 2014

    I will eat 50% more fat this month! I need to!

  14. Reply

    Amy

    March 5, 2014

    This month I will do 50% more trying new recipies-I am totally stuck in a food rut of the same things on repeat!

  15. Reply

    suzie

    March 5, 2014

    I will do 50% more (or less) being better at stress snacking after work!

  16. Reply

    Can I steal your goal? I really need to focus on using my downtime in the evenings to do some extra foam rolling and stretching!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    March 5, 2014

    I’m going to do 50% more breathing … well, probably not literally :), but I’m working on taking a step back and just focusing on breathing if I feel overwhelmed or stressed or wanting to eat sugar! It’s kind of fun to see how much it works! As for your stretching routine, thanks for sharing – I’m really good at foam rolling consistently, but I’d love to add in the mini-drills that you include!

  18. Reply

    Keri

    March 5, 2014

    Stretching is a good one!

    I am going to do 50% less talking and 50% more active listening.

  19. Reply

    Yoojin

    March 5, 2014

    I am pretty good about getting my workouts in the week, but because of the cold temperatures this winter, my walking has decreased tremendously. But now that the temperatures are warming up, I’ll do 50% more by walking more, including taking stairs, getting off the bus a few stops before I have to, and even enjoy more sunshine while I’m at it! 😀

  20. Reply

    Rachel

    March 5, 2014

    I will do 50% more strength training and eat 50% more fat!

  21. Reply

    Shannon

    March 5, 2014

    I’m going to do 50% more this month by making sure I take a rest day every week! I need to let my body heal for sure. Also, I am going to focus 50% more on running for my main form of cardio, since marathon season is so close!
    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  22. Reply

    Now that I have been trying to incorporate more strength training into my routine, I am definitely going to need to follow suit with what you are saying. I also definitely need to put 50% more effort into actually RESTING.

  23. Reply

    Andrea

    March 5, 2014

    I love the idea of doing 50% more stretching! I think it would really help me recover on rest days as well.

  24. Reply

    april

    March 5, 2014

    i’d like to unplug more in order to be 50% more present this month!

  25. Reply

    I could definitely benefit from more stretching and foam rolling. What I really need to focus on is speed work (running) though. Can’t get faster without it!

  26. Reply

    Deana Ruston

    March 5, 2014

    I am going to do 50% more self care!

  27. Reply

    I love the stretching idea as I was just thinking this morning that I need to start focusing on it and also on doing yoga. So that’s mine!

  28. Reply

    Jes

    March 5, 2014

    I will put 50% more effort into doing cardio as well strength training. I get caught up with strength and forget about cardio sometimes!

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    Cheryl Shelton

    March 5, 2014

    Sleeping! I need to make sure that I am getting a full 8 hours. I have only been getting 5-6 lately, and it shows everywhere….in my skin, in my workouts, even in how I eat! I need to focus on getting 50% more sleep!

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    stacey

    March 5, 2014

    Stretching. I have slacked off on this for quite some time now and decided its needs to be a regular thing again.
    I will also be more diligent in actually getting my “rest” day in an only doing some walking and nothing more.

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    Paige

    March 5, 2014

    I will do 50% more by taking walking breaks each day to clear my head and relax

  32. Reply

    Amanda F.

    March 5, 2014

    I plan to do 50% more time for myself. I have a 6 1/2 month old at home and have put 100% of myself into him and have slacked off completely on exercising because I thought I was being selfish. With the weather finally clearning up, I’m going to get outside and get moving (taking him along in my new jogging stroller!).

  33. Reply

    Traci

    March 5, 2014

    I’m down with 50% more stretching this month, although I haven’t started it yet! The goal I did make for myself already for March is to be a more active friend, to be more generous with my time and energy within my local friendships!

  34. Reply

    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    March 5, 2014

    I’m gonna do 50% more yoga

  35. Reply

    Cellabella

    March 5, 2014

    I want to drink 50% more water and eat 50% more whole grains :)

  36. Reply

    Madeline

    March 5, 2014

    I plan to do 50% more strength training, especially since I haven’t been doing it in a long time and I want to get back into it!

  37. Reply

    Diana @sosmallsostrong

    March 5, 2014

    50% more weight training. I’m in recovery mode and have already started upping the weight in my training. Going to get to the place I used to be in!!

  38. Reply

    Caroline

    March 5, 2014

    50% more foam rolling and stretching!

  39. Reply

    latanya

    March 5, 2014

    I will do 50% more exercising vs none

  40. Reply

    I will be putting 50% more into my workouts, school work, and spending more time with more people. :)

  41. Reply

    Pua

    March 5, 2014

    I will put in 50% more effort into taking care of my health. I just found out that I’m pregnant, so I have to keep up the workouts and the eating well, but my stress levels also need to be taken care of!

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    Jody - Fit at 56

    March 5, 2014

    I am not even sure what to say – maybe even more of my attempts to get better in the social media realm but saying all that – I need a paying job so not sure what will happen in general – it is all about finding a job. :)

  43. Reply

    I will do 50% more reading and less time on my phone / TV.

  44. Reply

    I am going to do 50% more sleeping/relaxing, goodness knows I need it!

  45. Reply

    Ashley P

    March 5, 2014

    50% more pilates

  46. Reply

    Savannah

    March 5, 2014

    I will do 50% more by hanging out with my family more. They mean the most to me!

  47. Reply

    Alexandra

    March 5, 2014

    Similar to Caitlin from HTP, I plan to be 50% more mindful! When I’m studying- study, when at work- work, when talking with friends- listen.

  48. Reply

    Ellyn

    March 5, 2014

    50% more time spent on homework/studying rather than watching TV

  49. Reply

    Coco

    March 5, 2014

    I want to do 50% more “me time” this month. I am constantly working or thinking about work, and I need to put down the Blackberry and relax!

  50. Reply

    GiGi Eats Celebrities

    March 6, 2014

    I will not just do 50% more, I will do 100% more!!!! :) When I commit, I go for it 100%

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    Heather M

    March 6, 2014

    I will do 50% more running! I have a 10K coming up but the weather has kept me indoors. Unfortuntely I do not think the bitter cold is going away any time soon. It is time to bundle up and get out there!

  53. Reply

    Danielle Thurston

    March 6, 2014

    I agree with you, I will do 50% more by stretching!
    I run and lift weights all the time however I feel by stretching I am not getting anything accomplished. However stretching is very important and I need to do it more!
    Thanks for the great idea!!

  54. Reply

    Kiersten

    March 6, 2014

    I will do 50% more walks with my dogs. I’m working on healing my gut and am finding that my current workout routine isn’t really conducive to healing so I am going to focus on more walking and lifting weights at a pace/intensity that doesn’t raise my heart rate too high.

  55. Reply

    Keri

    March 6, 2014

    I will do 50% more relaxation. I need to take some time for me!

  56. Reply

    Taylor

    March 6, 2014

    50% more…sleeping! Okay, so maybe not THAT much more sleep 😉 but I really do need to focus on allowing my body at least an hour more of such a crucial part of life – especially with training the amount I do. Besides that, I’d have to say probably 50% time and focus on finally starting a blog!

  57. Reply

    Portia smith

    March 6, 2014

    Eat 50% Greens

  58. Reply

    shannon

    March 6, 2014

    Meditation and breathing! Im always soo stressed I never just sit and relax

  59. Reply

    Stephanie

    March 6, 2014

    I will go on 50% more walks this month :) I love de-stressing by going for walks, and I think as the weather gets warmer I will head outside more.

  60. Reply

    I will be try to incorporate 50% of NEW things into my health routine. This includes more yoga classes, more foam rolling, more running (because I’m loving it!), more trying other’s recipes, more reading, and more TEA.

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      Meg

      March 11, 2014

      lol more tea. I LOVE IT

  61. Reply

    Jenn@Mark My Miles!

    March 7, 2014

    This month I will be doing 50% more stretching and strength training since my usual focus is running.

  62. Reply

    Hannah R.

    March 7, 2014

    I plan on doing 50% more walking!! The weather is getting so nice and I want to be outside! Plus I sit a lot these days while studying so this will be great.

  63. Reply

    Emma Lowe

    March 11, 2014

    That’s my goal this month as well. I need to work on doing a dynamic workout and stretching on recovery days. Love your new 4 day split routine, I follow something similar. I was just curious if you were doing any cardio on this program?

  64. Reply

    I will do 50% more of stressing less!

  65. Reply

    Brittany @ Barr & Table

    March 28, 2014

    I’m going to put 50% more into my workouts.

  66. Reply

    Elena

    March 28, 2014

    My goal is 50% more running


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