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Fitbit Dashboard Updated with Weekly Activity and More

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The new updated look of the Fitbit.com online dashboard is now live, and we wanted to take this opportunity to show off what’s new.

For starters, everything has been updated with a fresh coat of paint and new colors. Completely new to the dashboard is “This Week’s Activity,” a detailed tile that displays a summary of your week at a glance. Once you manually add the tile to your dashboard, you can switch between steps, floors, and calories on the upper-right corner of the tile, and you’ve got a handy bar that displays your progress toward your weekly goal. You can also hover over a specific day of the week to show your step count (or selected stat) for that day. read more

Fitbit Now Available on Windows Phone Platform

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We’ve got some awesome news to share for Windows phone owners. Today we launched a free, native Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows fans, we’ve heard you loud and clear and we’re proud that Fitbit is the first to offer mobile fitness syncing to the Windows Phone platform. If you’re a Windows Phone 8.1 user, you now have instant access to up-to-date stats from any Fitbit tracker. The new Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1 also features Live Tiles – Microsoft’s Start screen app experience that provides up-to-date content and notifications at a glance – so you can track your steps and to your daily goals, all without opening the Fitbit app.

In addition to real-time stat syncing, you can also quickly log fitness and nutrition data and set or manage personal goals directly from the app. All the Fitbit app staples are included: notifications, achievement badges and leaderboards, letting you cheer, taunt and direct message friends within the app for a little friendly competition.

Here is the full list of features of the new Windows app:

 

  • Real-time stats: Automatic and wireless syncing for all Fitbit activity and sleep trackers through Bluetooth 4.0
  • Fitbit on your Start screen: Pin the Fitbit Live Tile to your Start screen and quickly view your step count
  • Stay on track: Real-time and historical stats in easy-to-understand graphs, to help track progress and set goals
  • Log more than activity: Recently enhanced food database of more than 350,000 foods with accurate nutritional data for faster, better food-logging and calorie coaching
  • Get motivated: Fitbit’s motivational social tools like notifications and badges, to help reach target goals
  • Stay social: Ability to challenge friends and family with leaderboards, direct messages, cheers and taunts

 

We’re very happy to support the top three leading mobile platforms with direct sync, so now you can choose the device you want to use with your Fitbit product.

Windows Phone 8.1 users can find the free Fitbit app in the Windows Phone Store now.

#FitbitSummer: HIIT the Court with This 15-Minute High-Intensity Workout

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This summer, we’ll be featuring tips, exercises and workout routines encouraging you to get outside and get fit in the summer sun!

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Stuck in a workout rut? Repeating the same workout every day is great for launching a fitness habit and keeping it going, but every once a while (three weeks to be exact) it’s good to mix things up so you don’t get bored or plateau.

So we’re working with endurance expert Jenn Pattee of San Francisco to help you see your fitness in a new light and find inspiration outdoors all summer long, no matter where you are.

Jenn will sjenn pattee bio pichow you how to get healthy, strong, and toned in every muscle of your body using what’s around you at the local park, beach, rec center, trailhead, track, or basketball court—no gym or fancy equipment necessary. This tennis-inspired workout below is ideal on its own or as a fast-paced interlude in conjunction with a 20-30 minute jog around the block (Don’t have access to a tennis court? No worries! You can do the same workout on a basketball court or any flat surface with lines. Or make your own with chalk or use cones to designate your lines.).

The structure is simple, just use the lines on the tennis court as targets for short sprints (also known as “suicides”). In between sprints, an easy circuit of planks, squats, and push-ups provides an “active recovery” while targeting most major muscle groups in your body.

Make sure to prep your body for sprinting before starting your workout by following Jenn’s dynamic warmup for quads, hamstrings, psoas, and Achilles muscles. read more

Beat the Heat for #FitbitSummer: Expert Tips on Staying Cool During Outdoor Workouts

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In many places across the world, summer is a great excuse to take your exercise routine outdoors and change up that stale gym or treadmill routine. And as we’ve recently explored, working out in the fresh air has a host of healthy benefits.

But peak summer temperatures can get the best of us. So how can you reap the rewards of the great outdoors while keeping yourself safe in the summer sun?

Lauren headshot smallWe asked a one of our favorite experts, Lauren Slayton, Author, RD, and Foodtrainers founder for her personal tips.

 

  1. I don’t know about you, but water fountains suddenly look like Shangri-La during my warm workouts. So while I encourage you to drink up while you exercise, it’s also crucial to pre-drink or imbibe before exercise. Try coconut water (high in potassium) or turmeric elixir (bonus points for salt) before heading out in the heat.
  2. And don’t be shy with salt. I love Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt—both contain essential minerals—but salty foods like olives, pickles and fermented veggies are great this time of year.
  3. Pick the perfect produce like cantaloupe, strawberries, radishes, and celery, as all these have super high water content and will help keep you hydrated.
  4. And remember that alcohol is dehydrating, so limiting consumption will help with hydration.

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Tory Burch for Fitbit Accessories Collection Now Available for Pre-Sale

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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for—the Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection officially launches today! The collection is designed exclusively for Fitbit Flex, and includes an elegant brass pendant and bracelet, along with pattered silicone wristbands for everyday style.

Turn your Flex into a fashion piece with the exclusive collection of chic accessories designed by Tory Burch, now available for pre-sale.

Here are the details of the collection: read more

#FitbitSummer: 5 Sane Ways to Recover from Vacation

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Lauren Slayton is the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared in Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about Tips to Prevent Weight-Gain Weekends.

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I had one of those “What day is today?” moments when I woke up. But then it sunk in. My extended weekend vacation is over, which makes me a little sad. As long as I’m complaining, I’m also tired.

We were in Montreal for the 4th of July. But it’s not always about going away; sometimes relaxing can leave you wanting to relax more. And then there’s that feeling — you know it. “Uh oh, I need to undo what was done this weekend.”

And you don’t need to “do” that much to feel off. We had lots of seafood, green juice and salads. My Fitbit was happy with upwards of 20K steps a day (love that about vacation), but there were plenty of meals out, cocktails and well, here we are. Before you cleanse or “boot camp” yourself, here are five ways to feel better today.

 

1. Stay Home Tonight (and tomorrow too)
Before we get all technical with the idea of de-bloating, you simply need to spend less time with salt. Takeout and restaurant meals make this impossible. Cooking can mean scrambled eggs or a simple smoothie. read more

#FitbitSummer: Benefits of Exercising Outside

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This summer, we’ll be featuring tips, exercises and workout routines encouraging you to get outside and get fit in the summer sun!

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It’s no surprise that being outside, basking in natural light and breathing fresh air is good for your health. Study after study have found that natural light and outdoor time can boost both mental and physical health. From strengthening your immune system, elevating mood, decreasing stress and even speeding up recovery time for ill patients, the great outdoors is doing nothing short of handing out free health.

We’ve encouraged this before but as it turns out, earth, air and sun have even more to offer – these beauties can have a positive impact on your workout. Getting active (regardless of the setting or activity) adds to the good and subtracts from the bad when it comes to mental health. And taking your workout “out” enhances all those positive benefits.

…exercising outside has even greater physical benefits than indoor activities.

So if an outdoor workout can help you between the ears, what about the rest of your body? Recent studies have shown that exercising outside has even greater physical benefits than indoor activities. For example, running and cycling outside tend to require more energy than using a treadmill or stationary bike. Changes in terrain and wind resistance add a whole lot of challenge and variety to an otherwise stable workout.

By getting outdoors, many people increase workout intensity, length, frequency, and enjoyment – it’s almost too good to be true.

Even better, regular outdoor exercisers tend to workout longer and more frequently than those doing similar routines indoors.

By getting outdoors, many people increase workout intensity, length, frequency, and enjoyment – it’s almost too good to be true. And while we’re not ones to encourage jumping on the bandwagon, this trend worth getting behind.

So while the days are long and the weather is warm, try taking your workout outside and feel the benefits for yourself. Be sure to share your thoughts and workouts with us in the comments or on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest using #FitbitSummer, or in the comments below. And stay tuned for some great outdoor summer workout ideas to come!

Introducing MobileRun and Enhanced Food Logging for the Fitbit App

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Today we’re officially introducing two brand new features to the free Fitbit mobile app: MobileRun and enhanced food logging tools.mobilerun app gray2

MobileRun

MobileRun uses GPS to accurately track, log and compare runs, walks and hikes efficiently and easily.

Through GPS, MobileRun allows you to track and elevate training/workouts with real-time updates and key stats from individual runs, walks and hikes, including exact route, pace per mile (splits), distance and time. Here’s a breakdown of what you can get with MobileRun:

  • Route history, spoken distance and mile markers while on a run, allowing you to monitor improvement or push further in the moment
  • Stats tracked integrate seamlessly with the main Fitbit dashboard, giving you credit for steps taken, calories burned and active minutes during routes
  • A new Exercise Frequency calendar keeps you on track toward workout goals – it automatically displays the days you have worked out by pulling in the frequency of MobileRun routes and logged exercises
  • You can conveniently play and switch songs from your iTunes playlists without leaving the Fitbit app, keeping the focus on your workout

 

Food Logging

Also new to the app is an enhanced food logging database with thousands of new foods added and a library of more than 350,000 foods in total. A barcode scanner and other improved logging features can really help if you set weight management goals.food logging app gray1

The updated database lists only foods with confirmed, credible nutritional data so you can confidently track nutrition with ease. When paired with a Fitbit  tracker, the Fitbit app gives you calorie coaching, guiding you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, or recommending number of steps to burn the calories.

Here are all the new features to log food quickly and effortlessly:

  • A barcode scanner lets you add calories and nutritional data in seconds
  • A quick-calorie estimator lets you pick common foods in the database and simply adjust a slider to estimate the calories within an expected range based on ingredients and preparation
  • Easy Meals auto-completes favorite or frequent meals in one quick step; it learns which foods you tend to log together and automatically suggests a set of foods (a meal) whenever you start logging one of them
  • Calorie coaching now guides you with suggested calorie intake based on activity, when used with a Fitbit tracker. You can set a food plan with weight-loss goals and see how many calories in vs. out you should be targeting each day, with access to easy to read charts to help you stay on track

 

The updated version of the Fitbit app with MobileRun and enhanced food logging features can be downloaded now from the iTunes store (Android version coming soon) and works with all Fitbit trackers: Flex, One and Zip – as well as with the MobileTrack function on the iPhone 5s version of the Fitbit app.

All 30 Days to Summer Fit

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30 Days to Summer Fit

Did you get the most out of our 30-day challenge? Hopefully you’re enjoying the early days of summer on the beach, on vacation, or simply basking in the warm sun.

But our summer fit campaign doesn’t simply stop here! We want you to keep the momentum going with by using our 30 days of tips and advice to inspire your summer fitness. So here are all 30 days—simply click on the image to access the interactive calendar. Use these when you’re needing some #Fitspiration!

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 30: Complete this final workout!

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.

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Tomorrow is the first day of summer, which means today is the final day of our 30-day challenge! We hope everyone has found a few new workouts or habits that you’re sticking with.

Since it’s the last day, we wanted to push everyone further today with the challenge: Complete this final workout!

30 Days To Summer Fit, Day 30: One last workout

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