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#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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#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)
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#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!

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.

30 Days to Summer Fit

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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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 29: Find your motivation to run

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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.

30 Days to Summer Fit

With only two days left until summer, today’s challenge is all about finding ways to keep yourself going afterwards: Find your motivation to run!

That means that today, we want you to do something to ensure you keep going for another 30 days after this. Maybe that means signing up for a race that will require you to keep up your training. Maybe that means coming up with daily reminders for yourself to stay active each day. Whatever you do, do something you know you can stick to.

30 Days to Summer Fit: Find your running motivation

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 26: Train like a star

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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.

30 Days to Summer Fit

Have you ever wondered how out-of-shape celebrities seem to transform into uber-fit muscle men for summer action movies? We have, so we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak­—who’s trained his share of stars—what type of workout routines are getting them fit for the big screen.

The best choice? A nonstop, high-intensity circuit.

Which brings us to today’s challenge: Do five straight sets of the below exercises in descending reps.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 26: Train like a movie star

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 23: Perfect your push-up

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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.

30 Days to Summer Fit

There’s only one week left until summer after today! And with Father’s Day right around the corner, today’s challenge is all about nailing what is ultimately the manliest exercise out there: perfect your push-up.

To help you out, we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to break down the perfect push-up in 4 easy-to-follow steps. It’s all about form!

Day 23: Perfect your push-up

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Your Fitbit 2014 World Cup Workout

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil officially kicks off today with Brazil vs Croatia. And we want you to get in on the action. So here’s your 2014 Fitbit World Cup Workout!

All you have to do is watch a game, pick a winner, and then choose your exercise. Have fun!