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Keeping the Men in Your Life Healthy + Larabar Giveaway

First things first, congrats to Nela who is the winner of the Drink Iconic giveaway!!

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Nela has been contacted. A huge thank you to everyone who entered and checked out Iconic’s products!

Last night I headed to the gym with one goal in mind: bike 10 miles in 45 minutes, or as fast as possible. I knew I was still a little sore, and if I’m being really honest, pretty full feeling from all the food I ate over the weekend, so I wasn’t really in the mood to bounce around on the treadmill. I knew hopping on the bike would get me a sweaty workout, and still be time efficient. Lucky for me, my favorite show to watch at the gym (Wheel of Fortune!) was on, so I was pretty distracted the whole time. I set my bike on a Variety setting, then upped the resistance for added toughness. It felt SO good to sweat – definitely much needed! I’ll be reviewing that cute top soon, AND giving you a promo code if you’d like one of your own!

cross training with cycling

Tips For Keeping the Men in Your Life Healthy!

If you’re anything like me, then most men in your life seem to have a beard year ’round. And if that’s the case, then you’re fully aware of No Shave November – the one time of the year when husbands, boyfriends, and manly men everywhere stop shaving and trimming their beards for a solid month, all for the sake of raising awareness for men’s health. I think it’s a great cause, and after checking out the Movember Foundation website, I was super impressed with many programs they fundraise for and work to support.

I think sometimes I get so focused on my own health, that I forget to also focus on my husband’s health. After all, we are a team at this little thing called life, and we both need to be at our best! So, here are a few of my tips for keeping those men in your life healthy, and ways to encourage them along the way!

1. Fish oils – Men are much more likely to have played contact sports in high school, so it’s important to continue to support their joints. My husband in particular played football in high school, so I know for sure his joints took a bit of a beating! Fish oil supplements are a great way to help reduce pain and stiffness.

2. Be aware of Prostate Cancer – Prostate Cancer runs in my husband’s family, so we have done plenty of research on ways to help prevent it in the future. I had never batted an eyelash at the disease until I met my husband, but it’s one of the most common cancers among men and it’s estimated that 1 out of every 7 men will develop it at some point in their life. Be sure and read up on ways to be proactive against preventing it, and know the warning signs.

3. Get him moving to prevent Heart Disease. Heart Disease is the number ONE killer of men in the U.S. (and women). Get your men moving to help encourage a healthy and strong ticker! And his arteries, don’t forget about the arteries!

4. What you eat, he’ll eat. If your wifely duty is buying groceries and meal planning, be sure to think about food that’s good for the both of you. For instance, I know I run way more than my husband so I tend to be more leniant with buttery casseroles and pizza more often. But, my husband’s metabolism just isn’t like mine, so I need to remember to cook healthy for the BOTH of us, because what I eat, he’ll eat. And if I want him to eat healthy and be surrounded by healthy food, then it starts with ME making good choices at the grocery store!

5. Motivate him. If your man isn’t big on exercise, and only exercises to make you happy or because you guilt him into it, find out what really motivates him and maybe he’ll be more likely to actually enjoy it. He probably won’t be motivated to go workout if you’re constantly dropping hints like, “baaaaaabe, I think maybe you should go with me to the gym, hint hint, when’s the last time you actually worked out? Your belly is looking a liiiiiitle big these days.” Whomp whomp, I can guarantee he’ll be like, thanks but no thanks. Instead, try “baaaaaabe, if you go to the gym with me, run a couple miles and do a few kettle bells, I’ll give you a really good back scratch and maybe a foot massage.” I bet he’ll be more encouraged to go workout since he’ll have something that he’ll be working towards!

Now, LARABAR has spent the past month focusing on men’s health. And lucky for you, they’re giving away this amazing goodie bag of all things LARABAR to one of my readers!

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LARABARS are a perfect sized snack, and “is a delicious gluten free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices. Made from whole food, each indulgent flavor contains no more than nine ingredients – minimally processed, and as close to their natural state as possible.” The granola is also grain free and gluten free.

Basically, they’re delicious ya’ll, and are great to keep on hand when you need a healthy, substantial snack. My husband and I both love LB’s amazing flavors, and have gone through our sample pack crazy fast!

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All you need to do is enter using the Rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen one week from today, December 9th.

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35 Comments

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    Hannah
    December 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Larabars are such a great healthy snack!! Now that I live far from town, I miss having the ability to buy them whenever I’m running low. I would love to win this goodie bag!!!

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    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
    December 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    One thing I know about my own guy (and a lot of guys) is they enjoy a good competition or game. So if I challenge him to a workout or game…he’s all in! Healthy exercise for the both of us!
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    Jeremy Houck
    December 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I bike 10 miles and run 3 miles every day. It amazes me that biking seems easier, but burns so many more calories. Great workout!

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    Jamie
    December 3, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Totally agree with what you said about food/meals…most of the meal prep falls on me and if I’m not around to make dinner for us (I work the night shift) I know my fiancé will end up eating a frozen pizza and half a bag of potato chips. My goal as of late has been to make healthier meals–to help keep BOTH of us healthy 🙂

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    Laurie
    December 3, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I am recently married and try to have healthy food around, so this giveaway would be perfect!

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    Nela
    December 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

    They’re good at it.
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    Joanna @Makingmine
    December 3, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I’ve been trying to get my husband back to the gym – he kind of fell off the wagon after his half marathon. And starting a new job has totally switched up his schedule! All these tips are great though! We both feel SO much better when we get into a good routine cooking from home
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    Stephanie
    December 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Totally agree with if you fix something healthy for you he will eat it too. I have my husband hooked on green smoothies now after making fun of me for drinking them.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    December 3, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I can’t PAY my husband to go to the gym with me, so the meal prep tip is probably the one I use the most. I just can’t say the word “healthy” about a meal!
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    Natalie @ Never Serious Blog
    December 3, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Larabars are my fave! I love the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor!
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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    December 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

    My hubby and I are great at motivating one another in different ways. He does most of the grocery shopping and cooking, but is well aware that I enjoying eating healthy and won’t put a ton of junk into my body. We also exercise and do physical activities together. My motto – a couple who plays together, stays together! 🙂
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    Katie
    December 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

    The cookie dough larabars are basically life changing.
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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    December 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    My boyfriend is a trainer so he helps motivate me a lot! Larabars are an awesome snack or a little post-meal treat.
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    Stacey N.
    December 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    My boyfriend is much more motivated with a workout buddy – aka me 🙂 And little does he know that he encourages me in the gym as well!

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    De'Nita Moss
    December 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I think it is great that you are highlighting men’s health. I think it is often overlooked, especially by men. This is a great post and my first visit (lured by the Larabar giveaway!) Thanks!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      So glad you stopped by!! I think so too, it really does get overlooked! 🙂

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    Julie D
    December 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I think regular exercise and balanced meals are key!

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    Hilary
    December 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Awesome job on the bike! I totally agree about meal planning – just because I ran 10 miles that day doesn’t mean we can both eat something unhealthy. (And planning healthy meals for two keeps me from just eating ice cream for dinner – bonus!)
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    Teri
    December 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I just recently tried these bars and they are so tasty! I would love to win this giveaway for my husband to take to work for healthier options while I’m not cooking for him! Thanks for those great tips!
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    Allie @ Running on Peanut Butter
    December 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Oooooo! I want to try the Pecan Pie SOO badly!!
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    Heather
    December 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I’m not married, but I feel really lucky that my boyfriend prioritizes his health as much as (if not more than) I do. But I love your blog and I love Lara Bars! Coconut Cream Pie is my favorite flavor. I’m asking for those as stocking stuffers.

    I write a movie review blog if anyone is interested as well 🙂
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    Jennifer Lattin
    December 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Yum! Larabars!!! Keeping “our men” on track can be a hard thing….but, we women try! 🙂

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    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
    December 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Great tips! I think #4 is especially true!
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    Lindsay
    December 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    My husband just tried his first Larabar I had bought the other day and loved it, so this would be perfect for him! He’s a pretty healthy guy in general. The one thing I do know about men (and everyone in general) is if they don’t enjoy what they are doing – they won’t do it. Everyone needs to find some sort of activity they enjoy to sneak in some exercise!

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    Lauren E
    December 4, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I know for my hubbies health, prepared meals or quick easy to make healthy meals are key. he will give up and go get take out very quickly if its not easy to make.

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    Natasha
    December 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

    It’s sometimes hard to get my boyfriend to eat “healthy” but feeding him something that tastes like pumpkin pie can make it a whole lot easier! Larabars are a perfect post workout treat!!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    December 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

    My hubby struggles with the schedule too. He works long hours and it is very hard to fit in! I wish I had some better tips to add but It is something I am working on too. Thanks for the ideas.
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    Kate
    December 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

    What I’ve noticed is that since I started doing crossfit with my boyfriend, he’s more likely to go to the gym when I decide to go because he doesn’t want to be shown up, haha luckily I am very consistent about going 3-4 times a week! I’m looking for an alternative daytime snack to the Quaker Chewy Bars I usually have, these look much much better!

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    Dandi D
    December 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    We make it a priority to take a walk every day as a family and eat healthy foods.

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    Lisa M
    December 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Men’s health is just as important as women’s health.

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    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    December 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    My husband loves quality time just as much as I do, even if he doesn’t show it!
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    Leah
    December 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Larabars are amazing. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Catherine Jackson
    December 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I try to help my dad live a healthy lifestyle! We bike, walk, and hike together when the weather is nice! He also loves trying new foods with me (we both love Mediterranean!) so we try to find healthy food to enjoy. I love cooking for him! Men love to eat! I’ve actually gotten him hooked on the cherry pie larabar 🙂 I eat them all the time! I love the seasonal flavors

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    Matt B.
    June 12, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    There are a lot of great comments about keeping the man in your life physically healthy, but no one has addressed the mental / spiritual aspects. I personally have been working 70+ hr weeks and was just burning out in both my work and personal life. This is turn affected my personal health and my relationship with my family and friends.

    I ended up finding a bit of “me time” in my shaving routine. I started using an old school double edge safety razor and shaving brush. I found the the routine and attention to detail let me get into a bit of a “zen” state that seems to allow me to approach my day with a calmer state of mind.

    Remember that your state of mind will eventually affect your physical self as well.

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    Abby
    October 16, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Keeping the men in your life moving and eating healthy are two essentials for helping them live longer. My dad has always lived by this lifestyle, and now you would never guess that he was in his mid-50’s. Great article, thanks for sharing!

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