Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes with Poppy wearing Nike, Zella, Valley Eyewear and Iviva

Fitness for Kids + Workout Gear

Let’s talk fitness for kids! First, I’ll give you a little background. I was a personal trainer for a couple years when I lived in Arizona. Honestly I loved that job, like LOVED it. I taught 4 classes per day, 3 days a week for up to 40 women. I had ladies driving 30+ minutes to come workout in “The Garage”.

You would think with fitness being such a big part of my life that it would have rubbed off on my older girls. It didn’t. There were a couple of years I would trick everyone to come to the track with me and run/walking lunges, etc. Once we were there, they loved it! It was getting them there that was the issue. They just wanted to be at home on an iPad, watching a movie, etc. I think this is a common problem among kids nowadays and a contributing factor into childhood obesity.

I read a report recently showing 1 in 5 children (ages 6-19) are obese in the United States.  A poor diet, too much time indoors, lack of knowledge and habits created by parents all factor into this issue. As a parent, you have to be so very careful how you talk to your kids about food, exercise and their bodies. You don’t want to give them a complex or have them feel like you don’t think they are good enough.

The way I see it, my girls are already exposed to body shaming and comparisons. It’s everywhere around them! From social media, TV, school, etc. My role as their mom is to create a safe place to talk about their bodies, nutrition, and exercise. It’s also to educate them! Never to shame them, tell them to put down the fork, or give them any reason to doubt their self worth.

Here are a few ideas you can use at home:

Create nutrition challenges! Each week switch it up. Some examples are: make sure you eat breakfast every day. Eat 3 servings of green vegetables each day. 8 glasses of water. Cut out sugar for a week. No boxed foods for one week. Kitchen is closed at 7pm all week.

You can create your own.No one is forced to participate. I think it’s a good way to introduce healthy habits and by inviting the whole family to do it, no one feels like you are singling them out.

Get outside and move with your kids! Walking, riding bikes, playing catch, running, tag, jumping rope. Just move with your kids! Make it fun and the kids won’t even realize they are exercising.  In the summer I do a bootcamp with my kids. Each morning after chores I teach a quick 10-15 min workout. At first they dreaded this and now they ask for it.

I think what I’ve noticed the most as my kids get older, they pay attention.

Avery and Poppy were 7 and 8 when I was training in Arizona. They were 9 and 10 when I’d have to trick them to come to the track with me. Now they are 14 and 12 and ask me to teach them a workout or go jog with them. They remember the names of girls I taught, they remember the races I ran, they remember the nights at the track doing quarter mile lunges and racing to the finish line, always letting Goldie win;). So when you think you’re kids are not paying attention, they are.

Being a parent is overwhelming and being a kid has it’s own set of challenges. I’m just doing my best not to screw them up;) But really, let’s all try to be better today than we were yesterday.

I shared my Nike JACKET with you on Instagram story last week. I’m also wearing it here. It’s comes in 3 colors and is on sale for $80!

See outfit details below: Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes with Poppy wearing Nike, Zella, Valley Eyewear and Iviva

Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes with Poppy wearing Nike, Zella, Valley Eyewear and Iviva

Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes with Poppy wearing Nike, Zella, Valley Eyewear and Iviva



MORE WORKOUT GEAR I LOVE: Links to products are in bold




I decided a GIVEAWAY would be fun today for some new workout gear! It’s super easy..just follow us on both FACEBOOK and PINTEREST to enter to win a $100 gift card to Nordstrom! Giveaway ends on Friday the 17th!

WINNER OF THE NORDSTROM CARD GIVEAWAY: Samantha Evans- please email me at to claim your prize! Thanks for everyone who followed us on Pinterest and Facebook. I will be hosting exclusive giveaways on FB and Pinterest so make sure you are following along!

Thanks for taking the time to read. I really appreciate all of you.



  • Reply Tehra Y. November 14, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Love this jacket…may need to get it since the california “cold” is kind of starting!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 1:39 PM

      Yes, I love the “cold” mornings and nights. Finally feels like fall here!

  • Reply Marti November 14, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Done! I have a 13 year old daughter and am trying to be a better example for her in regards to being healthy, so I loved this post. I’ve loved following you for years, first on Lunchpails and now here. 🙂

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:53 PM

      I appreciate this Marti. Thank you for being here!

  • Reply Hannah November 14, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Love you and your fam. Following on FB and Pinterest.

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:53 PM

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Sabrina November 14, 2017 at 2:06 PM


    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:53 PM

      You’re awesome, thanks!

  • Reply Julia November 14, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Love how involved you are with your kids. It really shows in your IG stories how much they look up to you ♥️ Followed on Pinterest and FB! Why didn’t I do that sooner?!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:54 PM

      I appreciate that. It’s ebb and flow around here. Like I said, just trying my best not to screw them up;)

  • Reply Tawni November 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Love following your family on instagram. Goldie stories make me smile! Following on fb and Pinterest.

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:54 PM

      She is a crowd pleaser!

  • Reply Nicole Feldbauer November 14, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    This post is so awesome! My daughter is 9 and I have been trying to get her more active and into healthy eating habits!! Such good ideas , thanks girl!!!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:56 PM

      You are welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read!

  • Reply Allison Buchi November 14, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    My almost 10 year old is obsessed with “exercise” clothes. She refuses to wear pants (will only wear shorts) but will now gladly put on a pair of sporty leggings. I love to run 5K’s and she wants to start running with me. She is active in sports but I can’t wait to have my cute little running buddy with me in a race. Glad to see your page on FB!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:57 PM

      Right? Leisure wear is such a trend among kids now. I appreciate a good elastic waistband myself:)

  • Reply Tansey Hall November 14, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    Long time follower. (Its fun to see you in such a good place!)
    Thanks for being you ❤️

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:58 PM

      Thanks for being YOU and for the nice words. I appreciate the support!

  • Reply Summer November 14, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    I entered your giveaway and love your tips!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 9:58 PM

      Thanks for being here!

  • Reply Gretchen November 14, 2017 at 3:58 PM


  • Reply Maggie November 14, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Love good fitness tips and especially deals on workout gear. I feel like it motivates me more when I have new shoes, or even a new top – ha!

  • Reply Kallie November 14, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Probably my favorite post ever. I am a “new” mom (baby is 1.5) and the stress of trying to be the perfect parent is already there. My mom was so good about instilling healthy habits in us. I loved these tips.

  • Reply Courtney Bowen November 14, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Easy peasy! Great read!

  • Reply Lindsey November 14, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Love this! I need your jacket. Followed both. Your fam is darling!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 10:01 PM

      It’s such a great jacket!

  • Reply Brianne Hunter November 14, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Done! I have loved following your cute family on instagram!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 10:01 PM

      Thanks for following!

  • Reply Bryanna November 14, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Following both! This was good to read because i feel like i am learning the importance of this stuff barely at my age and i want my kids to learn when they are young!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 10:00 PM

      I hear you. Health and fitness wasn’t a big topic in my home growing up. I started to understand it in my 8th grade weight training class. Making small changes in the home has lasting effects on everyone. Thanks for being here!

  • Reply Kate November 14, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Following both! Thanks!!

  • Reply Danica November 14, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    I had no idea you even had a Pinterest!! So glad you shared!

  • Reply Rosie November 14, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Done! So excited I’m obsessed with your family and your hilarious Insta stories!!

    • Reply Lisa & Jeff November 14, 2017 at 10:02 PM

      Thanks for watching! I appreciate the support.

  • Reply Molly November 14, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Following 💕 love reading your advice! Even if it doesn’t pertain to me right now, I know it’s planting a seed for the future.

  • Reply Whitney November 14, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    I just folllowed you! We just had our first baby and I’ve been thinking so much about how to properly teach and help her to love nutrition and excercise in the right way, and i love your ideas! I’m so glad you shared them!

  • Reply Alexis November 15, 2017 at 1:51 AM

    I’m obsessed with you and your family and your style! Thanks for all the great fashion tips and showing a great example of how to raise such a kind and beautiful family. Follow and will continue following 💕

  • Reply Erika Dressler November 15, 2017 at 3:55 AM

    I love your balanced approach. Not to overwhelm. I have 5 kids. My husband and I have always been active. Our family has a membership at life time fitness. I lead a run group for many years and I see the same resistance from our kids. Why do they love electronics so much??? Anyway thank you for the encouraging message. It motivates me to keep reaching out even in small ways. Thank you!

  • Reply Makenzie Hardy November 15, 2017 at 5:16 AM

    Our son is only 2 and we take him running and on bike rides all time! I agree exposing them to an active lifestyle is the best way to get them moving. We just need help with the getting him to eat veggies! Haha

  • Reply Natalie B November 15, 2017 at 6:14 AM

    I missed out on the work outs but my sisters and mom went to you! My maiden name is Nance, and my sisters Vanessa, Emily, Savannah, and my mom always talked about how much fun they had at your workouts! Everyone got a good laugh watching my mom😂 .
    Your family is so darling, I’ve followed for a while and also had a little girl around the same time as Ozzy, mine’s 7 months today!

  • Reply Meredith Barack November 15, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Followed 🙂 Love the glimpse you give all of us into your beautiful life!

  • Reply Stephani November 15, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Such a great post! my baby girl will be 11 months soon and I know she’s still a baby but I worry about how to approach being healthy without making her feel bad or ashamed or giving her some weird complex about food. I just want to make sure I educate her the ‘right’ way on being healthy when she gets older! Hehe! Thanks for this post and the opportunity to win a Nordstrom giftcard so fun!

    Xo, Steph

  • Reply Traci November 15, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Love everything about this post! And I am obsessed with all the new addidas logo gear!!! Just got a logo sports bra and logo pullover sweatshirt!!

  • Reply Lexi November 15, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Followed on Facebook and Pinterest:) I’ve been a longtime follower and am loving Salty Lashes! So fun to see your family grow and change, thanks for sharing:)

  • Reply Lexi November 15, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Followed on both! I’ve been a longtime follower, so fun to watch your family grow and change:) Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

  • Reply Ashlee November 15, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Awesome post. Love it all! You’ve got killer advice always. Now following on FB and pinterest! 🙂

  • Reply Kristen November 16, 2017 at 6:46 AM

    Love this post! Always love your great kid clothes/gift ideas. Keep em coming.;)

  • Reply Kimberly C November 16, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    I love this post! So many good ideas to try!! I’m following on Facebook and Pinterest!

  • Reply Sarah Reed November 17, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Love this, thank you!

  • Reply Tammy November 17, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    These are such great ideas!! Just got done following you on both. ❤️

  • Reply Nicole Hill November 17, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Ahhh, love salty-lashes and LOVE Nordstrom….here’s to seeing who wins 🙂

  • Reply Lauren M. November 17, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Love this post! Raising daughters well on this topic is so tricky now. It really takes a conscious effort to not pass on our own insecurities or bad habits to our girls. My girls are 2 and 3, and I feel like I already need a re-set on some food habits.

  • Reply Kim K November 17, 2017 at 11:42 AM


    I still live in Las Sendas!! Wish your Bootcamp was still here, bc I have been trying to find one!! But I would have moved to Cali too 🙂

  • Reply Isabelle November 17, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Following! I love that jacket!

  • Reply Meaghan November 17, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    I love this post. Inspired me to get out more with the kids. Love it. Followed on Facebook & Pinterest.

  • Reply Kristen Petee November 17, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Would love a chance. AZ girl here and have zero faux winter clothes 😂

  • Reply Rachel C November 17, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Followed! Thanks for hosting a generous giveaway and sharing your life with us!

  • Reply Kim Henrichs November 17, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Followed! Love that gear!

  • Reply What is Salty Lashes? December 15, 2017 at 12:31 AM

    […] beauty, fitness, home design…for the whole family! With my background as a aesthetician and personal trainer,  plus the past 6 years in the fashion industry and Jeff’s home design business, we have a lot […]

  • Leave a Reply