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Spring Into Fitness!

Spring is the perfect time of year to improve your fitness – especially if you’ve been hunkering down all winter long. But if you think that means you have to shell out big bucks for a gym membership or Pilates classes, think again. Here are seven easy ways to integrate more exercise into your daily life this spring – without setting foot in a gym! Play With Your Kids Your children can be a great incentive to exercise. Instead of plugging them into an iPad when you have some downtime, plan fun outdoor activities like swimming, bike riding, hiking, or hitting the monkey bars in the park. You’ll both benefit from the exercise – and the chance to bond. Take the Scenic Route Whenever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Doing some shopping? Park in a spot that’s as far from the store entrance as possible so you can get…

Five Ways To Give Back To Your Community Over The Holidays

12-25-14 SQ Blog FBWhile the holiday season is a great time to count our blessings, it’s an even better time to help those who are less fortunate. While making a financial contribution to your favorite charity is a wonderful holiday gesture, many of us forget that we can give back in a more hands-on way by volunteering locally. In addition to making a difference and teaching your kids that the holidays are about giving (and not just getting), community outreach can be a great family bonding activity. Here are five ideas for giving back to your community that can be fun for the whole family.

  1. Adopt a family. Many local organizations and religious groups can help you sponsor an underserved family in your area over the holiday season. Sponsoring can entail anything from buying food and gifts to preparing meals and spending the holidays with your adopted family. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough financial resources to spare, remember that the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

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