50% More In March & A Giveaway!

by Meg on March 5, 2014

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. 

{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

Melanie March 5, 2014 at 7:18 AM

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 :)

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sarah March 5, 2014 at 7:32 AM

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

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Linz @ Itz Linz March 5, 2014 at 7:35 AM

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

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Elizabeth March 5, 2014 at 7:49 AM

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 at 7:50 AM

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

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 5, 2014 at 7:52 AM

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

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Katie March 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM

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

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Livi March 5, 2014 at 8:12 AM

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

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Hannah March 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

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. :(

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

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 at 8:51 AM

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.

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hannah March 5, 2014 at 9:09 AM

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!

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Laurel C March 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

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

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Amy March 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

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

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suzie March 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

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

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

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 at 10:08 AM

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!

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Keri March 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Stretching is a good one!

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

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Yoojin March 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

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! :D

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Rachel March 5, 2014 at 10:40 AM

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

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Shannon March 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

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! :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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.

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Andrea March 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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

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april March 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

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

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Amy @ fitnessmeetsfrosting.com March 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

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!

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Deana Ruston March 5, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I am going to do 50% more self care!

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Gemma @ Retired Cardio Queen March 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

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!

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Jes March 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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 at 12:43 PM

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 at 1:13 PM

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 at 1:32 PM

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

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Amanda F. March 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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!).

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Traci March 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

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!

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal March 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I’m gonna do 50% more yoga

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Cellabella March 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM

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

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Madeline March 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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!

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Diana @sosmallsostrong March 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

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!!

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Caroline March 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

50% more foam rolling and stretching!

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latanya March 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

I will do 50% more exercising vs none

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Natalie @ lovenataliemarie March 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

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

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Pua March 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

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 at 6:58 PM

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. :)

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Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It March 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

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

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate March 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM

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

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Ashley P March 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

50% more pilates

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Savannah March 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

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

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Alexandra March 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

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.

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Ellyn March 5, 2014 at 9:58 PM

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

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Coco March 5, 2014 at 10:02 PM

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!

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GiGi Eats Celebrities March 6, 2014 at 12:14 AM

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 at 9:48 AM

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!

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Danielle Thurston March 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

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!!

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Kiersten March 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

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.

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Keri March 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

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

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Taylor March 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM

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!

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Portia smith March 6, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Eat 50% Greens

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shannon March 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

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

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Stephanie March 6, 2014 at 7:14 PM

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.

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Tatum | EATS from the oil patch blog March 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM

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 at 11:43 PM

lol more tea. I LOVE IT

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Jenn@Mark My Miles! March 7, 2014 at 7:49 AM

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

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Hannah R. March 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

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.

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Emma Lowe March 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

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?

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Meg March 11, 2014 at 11:43 PM

No cardio :)

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Emma Lowe March 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I haven’t been either and loving it! What is your set/rep schemes like for you 4 day workout?

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Meg March 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I will do 50% more of stressing less!

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Brittany @ Barr & Table March 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

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

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Elena March 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM

My goal is 50% more running

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