Staying Fit During the Holidays

Here’s How To Stay Fit & Healthy This Holiday Season

Whether there’s snow on the ground or a chill in the air, one thing’s certain. Winter is here. And while it’s easy to want to stay bundled up and sedentary this holiday season, prolonged inactivity can lead to weight gain, stiff joints, and/or general lethargy.

A better way to stay on track with your health and fitness goals this winter? Keep moving that body! And no, you don’t have to brave sub-zero temperatures to keep up your cardio. We’ve got plenty of indoor activities to share, courtesy of Elkind Nourishment’s Kathy Elkind. An eating psychology coach, mindful self-compassion teacher, and lover of walking (she’s trekked over 1,200 miles across Europe in 2018!), Kathy recently shared her fave tips that are sure to keep us all moving and grooving this winter.

Start With Just 10 Minutes A Day

Sometimes, the biggest stumbling block to making exercise happen daily is the idea that you have to do it for an hour to make a difference. According to Elkind, this just isn’t true. Any amount of movement makes a difference when it comes to keeping your body limber. Of course, the benefits increase when you get your heart rate up and break a sweat. But at the end of the day, 10 minutes is better than nothing. (And those 10 minutes count in the Fit For Bucks app!)

Find What Makes Your Body Feel Good

Another common myth about exercise – you have to hit it hard and/or hate it to get results. And while it may be true that HIIT, or high intensity interval training generates quick results for devotees of the intense, burst-like training model, you don’t have to punish your body or hate your workout to get and/or stay fit this winter. Elkind encourages us to find activities we enjoy – from dancing or walking to hiking, biking, skating, skiing, and/or dancing to our fave music. Just get moving and enjoy it!

Have Fun

The greatest benefit of doing what makes your body feel good? You have fun AND you’re more inclined to be consistent throughout the colder winter months. Elkind encourages you to get creative – roller skate in your basement (if you’ve got one), dance with silk scarves, shovel the deck while rocking out to 80s music, make a game out of climbing the stairs in your house. The key here is to get creative and enjoy yourself. Don’t take exercise – or yourself – too seriously.

Enlist A Friend

What keeps more people consistent when it comes to daily exercise? It’s not willpower. It’s friend power. Elkind recommends recruiting a friend to join you in your daily exercise. Again, you don’t have to go to a gym or formal workout class. You can literally invite a friend over for a dance party in your living room. Or get creative and have a snow shoveling contest in your driveway. Or use the cold weather as motivation to pick up the pace and jog/run instead of walk with your bestie, spouse, and/or loved ones.

So how will you move your body this winter? What inspires you to stay healthy, active, and agile? We want to hear from you! Post a comment below and let us know how you’re staying fit this holiday season.

5 Benefits of Local Shopping

Local shopping allows customers to have a positive impact on their community. Learn more by reading the following five benefits of local shopping!

It improves the local economy.

Buying locally keeps more money in the community. Local businesses support other local businesses, versus chain businesses, who tend to get their supplies from corporate. Chain business also tend to have store managers and employees who aren’t as personally invested in buying local. Through local shopping, you are investing in your community.

You will come to know the people behind the business.

Local shopping adds a personal touch and connection. You will come to know and care about the people of the business, making your purchases more of a personal investment. You celebrate when a business succeeds.

It establishes the feel of a community and keeps it unique.

One-of-a-kind establishes give a community its flavor and differentiates it from other cities. Think about it. A key aspect of what makes your hometown so special are the establishments you remember visiting that you can’t find anywhere else. By buying locally, you are preserving the uniqueness of your community.

It enhances customer service.

Customer service at larger corporations can be a nightmare. Shopping locally usually ensures that the owner is in direct contact with every employee, speeding up any issues you may face and adding a personal touch to your experience.

It leads to a more personal experience.

Smaller, local establishments develop a personal relationship with customers. They are more likely to know the products you buy or the services you request and can use that knowledge to make your experience even better.

Explore what your local community has to offer by attending the Buy Local Santa Monica Health + Fitness Festival on Saturday, September 8th!  Fit For Bucks will have a booth alongside dozens of other local vendors. Come see what Santa Monica is all about! 


Why Fitness Trackers are Important


It is common knowledge that exercise and physical activity are part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can range from intense, cardiovascular activity to simply walking. To stay on track with your healthy lifestyle, consider using a fitness tracker. Here are some of its benefits.


With a fitness tracker, you can set goals and engage in a little healthy competition against yourself. Try to walk more steps than you did yesterday, or run a bit faster. Research shows that wearing a fitness tracker can increase your activity levels by 30 percent!


Gym anxiety is a real thing. Many of us get paranoid about who is watching and if we are using the machines right. Fitness trackers can help block out all of these fears and allow you to focus on you. It can steer your thoughts back to your own goals and progress, so that you can remember who you are doing this for – yourself. 


Wearing a fitness tracker increases awareness. Some fitness apps also help you track calories consumed and water consumption.  They will even buzz you if you haven’t moved in a while! you set them up to remind you to move every hour or if you want.  Being aware of our everyday fitness is extremely important. Fitness trackers are a good way to stay aware of your fitness, remind you of your goals and a good reminder to keep on moving.


Many trackers come with apps that help you find other trackers in the area. Discover new workout groups and challenges in your community that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Fitness trackers can help you become a healthier, happier version of you. Learn which ones are now compatible with Fit For Bucks. It’s time for a more active lifestyle!

5 Exercises to Reduce Stress

Everyday life can take its toll. Stress overcomes all of us, but it’s important to not let it get you down. Exercise and physical activity have been proven to relieve stress. Working out produces endorphins, the natural painkillers, and improves quality of sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Read this blog to learn what activities can lead to a more stress-free life.

High Energy Activities

This includes activities such as running, dancing, spinning, etc. An accelerated heart rate allows the body to release endorphins, causing a natural mood boost. Try engaging in a high energy activity at least twice a week. You are sure to notice a drastic change in your overall mood.


This workout strengthens the body and gives you a better sense of control. It offers a calmer alternative to higher energy activities. A mixture of pilates and other workouts provides the perfect balance that will calm the body and mind. You can go the extra mile by even walking to your local pilates studio, allowing you to rack up those steps to use for Fit For Bucks rewards!

Martial Arts

This workout form provides the perfect outlet for releasing energy, frustration and tension.


This is another workout to let go of frustration — having an outlet to release energy and anger drastically relieves stress. As with other high energy workouts, kickboxing can lead to better sleep, which contributes to the release of stress.

Outdoor Activities

Simply going outside and getting some fresh air can enhance your mood. Combining this with some form of exercise (like walking, running, biking, etc.) will help clear your mind and relieve some of that tension.


An active lifestyle leads to a healthier and happier you. Fit For Bucks provides the incentive to help you stay on track. It’s time to turn your steps into rewards! Visit our website to learn more.

Active Living: How to Get Started

Becoming active is a lifestyle change.

While it can be quite an adjustment, it is important to not get overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Even if you make some minor adjustments at first – such as taking the stairs or parking further away – you are moving in a positive direction. Take it one step at a time (pun intended!). Continue reading this blog to learn the importance of walking for your health.

Why Walking is Important

The American Heart Association recommends that adults walk 10,000 steps per day. However, according to Business Insider, the average American walks about half of this.

Regular walking has been proven to do the following:

  • Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Increase energy
  • Increase bone strength
  • Prevent weight gain

Regular walking also reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other serious diseases.

How to Get Started

It is important to remember to start off slow and steadily challenge yourself more each day. Here are some tips on walking:

  • Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and supportive shoes.
  • Start off at a steadier pace for a short distance. It’s ok to start off with a 10 minute walk; just make sure you continually increase this each week.
  • Track your progress. It may be a good idea to invest in a step tracker.
  • Stretch it out. Remember to warm up by stretching and starting at a slower pace for the first minute or so.
  • Remember to breathe and stay hydrated!

Once you start getting more accustomed to walking, you can challenge yourself in different ways. This includes walking a bit faster or walking uphill.

As with any form of activity, stop and visit a doctor immediately if you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Being more active has so many benefits, so it is in your best interest to start as soon as possible! While you are at it, why not earn rewards for your steps? Visit our website to learn more.