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Tips for New Gym Members

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With the a new year comes new goals for many of us, and working out more was #3 on our list of most common New Year’s resolutions. One popular solution to working out more is to sign up for a gym, but we’ve likely all heard how gym memberships rise at the start of the year, then quickly drop off throughout January. If you’re interested in joining a gym this month (or you’re trying to make the most out of your new membership), here are some tips to help you keep it up all year long.

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4 Science-Backed Strategies for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Andrew Blevins. The most recent Useful Science post was about how not to over-eat during the holidays. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

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Making a New Year’s resolution is easy. Keeping one is strangely difficult – so hard, in fact, that according to a recent study by the University of Scranton, the U.S. success rate for following through on resolutions is an abysmal 8 percent.

How can we do better? Useful Science is here to answer that question – and help you make more effective resolutions – with five of our favorite strategies from the often counterintuitive psychology of motivation and willpower.

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Tips for New Year’s Resolution Success from Top Fitbit Users

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2015 is looming. The new year is just around the corner. And we all know what that means: it’s resolution time.

Making that New Year’s Resolution is easy but achieving it is a completely different ballgame. So we surveyed active Fitbit users who walk more that 15K steps per day to find out just how they succeed in their health and fitness resolutions. Here’s what we found out.

We hope these experts tips help you find success this year. So go get ‘em…

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8 Ways to Combat Holiday Stress

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We’re deep into the holiday season, and we’re willing to bet some of you are feeling the heat. Maybe that heat only comes from the fireplace for some, but for many the holidays are also a time for plenty of added stress, with the added duties of travel, cooking large meals, holiday shopping (and holiday crowds!), and maybe even having to see a cousin you haven’t gotten along with since she insulted your figgy pudding back in 2003.

But if you’re getting bogged down instead of enjoying the holidays, here are simple things you can do to alleviate some of the stress: read more

4 Healthy Holiday Food Substitutes

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I’m so encouraged. Rather than viewing the holidays as a time of unbridled indulgence, then post-indulgence guilt, most people (and hopefully this includes you) are starting to rein it in.

Here at Foodtrainers, rather than clients going MIA until January, they are signing up for our Foodstalking program where we have daily email check-ins. And let’s be clear—I’m not here to insist that you avoid your favorite treats. Rather, I’m suggesting you stick to just those.

So if you’re in the healthy holiday camp, here are my “glutton free guidelines.” read more

Keeping Fit During the Busy Season

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Between holiday preparations like shopping and cookie-baking, family time, and bad weather, there are so many excuses not to work out this season. In fact, December is the least active month of the year for Fitbit users! Unfortunately, this is also a time of year when we tend to overindulge in the sweets and eggnog. After all, we’re all going to get healthy next month, right? Wrong: if you’ve ever successfully completed a New Year’s resolution before, studies have shown that you’re in the minority.

We know you’re busy, but here at Fitbit we’re all about creating a lifestyle that works for you even when taking 2% of your day to get fit sounds like too much. So today we’re focusing on fitting in fitness wherever you can.

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Rocco Dispirito: Training, Holiday Eating & Staying Active with Fitbit

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We’re super excited to have award winning chef and best-selling author, Rocco Dispirito, on board as our latest Fitbit ambassador. You surely know Rocco from shows such as Extreme Weight Loss, The Biggest Loser and Restaurant Divided…and have read one of his many highly acclaimed cookbooks.

Rocco has made it his life’s work to prove that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. To that end, he created an innovative fresh food delivery service sought after by celebrities, fans and foodies alike. read more

The 2014 Fitbit Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s December. And you know what that means: it’s holiday gift guide time, y’all! With all the products in the Fitbit family, you may be thinking, “What Fitbit product is best for the active peeps in my life?”

Fear not—we’re here to help. Enter the 2014 Fitbit Gift Guide, designed specifically to map your path to the perfect holiday Fitbit gift. So click on the image above for the full-size version and have at it.

You can purchase your Fitbit products right here, including the brand new Fitbit Charge. And don’t forget, we have a limited-time-only selection of new Fitbit apparel—get it before it’s gone!

Bouldering: Your Favorite New Workout

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Rocking climbing without ropes—sound intriguing? Bouldering is like climbing’s close cousin, less high-flying but equally demanding. And a heck of a lot of fun.

Your target is a short series of individual moves, laid out in a specific route. It’s physically challenging but also mentally tough; you’re always thinking a few moves ahead. Plus, you can boulder solo—no belayer needed.

Indoor bouldering gyms are a great place to start, but outdoor facilities are also popular. Still not convinced? Here are 5 great reasons to give bouldering a try.

  1. It’s a freakin’ workout. If you think 5-10 climbing moves will be a breeze, think again. Bouldering is a full-body workout…arms, shoulders, back, core and legs. Everything’s working. First-time climbers often over rely on arm strength, but properly utilizing core and legs is essential so you’re not taxing individual muscles.
  2. It’s as much mental as physical. Yes, after a few routes you’ll likely be physically taxed. But properly thinking out each route is essentially to success and stamina. Head to a bouldering gym and observe. You’ll find groups of boulderers conversing, pointing, and staring intently at the wall. This is pre-planning. Knowing where you’re next move will be is the key to completing a route without burning yourself out.
  3. Body positioning is key. Attacking the wall straight up and down is a bad strategy. Instead, keeping your body in a sideways position will help you with fluid motions and use less precious energy.
  4. Stay hydrated. Water is key. Keep your fluids near as you’ll need them. Believe it or not, two minutes on the wall will often max out your heart rate.
  5. Step up your resistance training. When you’re starting out, you may feel like you don’t have the stamina to tackle more than a few routes. And that’s OK. What can help is stepping up your strength and resistance training. Think pull-ups, push-ups, squats and planks—easy to do outside a gym and crazy effective in building a foundation for the wall.
  6. Don’t skimp on gear. Climbing is relatively low-tech. But grabbing a nice pair of climbing shoes is a solid investment. These will immensely help your wall positioning and movement, and keep your feet comfy enough so that you’re not worrying about foot pain or slipping. And you’ll want clothes allow for a full range of motion, and here cotton reigns supreme, holding up best against the abrasive surface of the wall.

What Type of Yoga is Right For You?

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As a yoga newbie or even a seasoned yoga veteran, deciphering the studio schedule can be baffling. And that’s often an understatement.

Luckily, there’s a yoga class out there for everyone and every body. Here’s a quick guide (in order from active to mellow) to help you navigate the yoga maze. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different classes to figure out what type of class is best for you. You just might be surprised by what hooks you in.

Ashtanga:  Expect a similar sequence each class with vigorous and gymnastic transitions between poses. The origin of vinyasa/power/flow classes.

Vinyasa/Power/Flow: These terms are used interchangeably for sweaty and faster moving classes. Best for folks already familiar with the basic poses and who are seeking a workout.

Hatha: A garden variety term for yoga. Expect moderate to low intensity. A good class for beginners or folks returning to yoga. Hatha can be a great branching off point to more advanced classes.

Iyengar: Detailed, slow instructions, lots of props (blocks, straps, bolsters, etc.) and plenty of teacher demos. Great for students wanting to master or return to the basics.

Gentle/Therapeutic: Expect a mild and slow class with lots of time on the floor. Great for older, injured, or just plain burnt out students. A solid yoga reset…

Restorative: Wiped out and need a nap? In this class you’ll cuddle up on bolsters and get a serious recharge. And if you think you’re above a restorative class, think again—you’ll be surprised at just how much you need a reset every once in a while.

Prenatal: Great for anyone who is pregnant, prenatal yoga is a great way to prepare for childbirth and may even promote good health for a newborn baby.

Each teacher shares his/her own take on the yoga tradition, so these class descriptions are a general guide. Research teachers by talking to other students, asking the front desk staff, and reading the bios on the studio website. Remember each teacher writes his/her own bio so if a teacher’s language resonates with you, it could be a good fit. Your alchemy with a teacher will matter more than the type of class listed on the schedule. If you find a teacher, a time, and a location that works for you, you’ll soon get hooked!

Sadie Chanlett-Avery is a certified yoga and kettlebell instructor, as well as the in-house yogi at Clif Bar & Company here in the Bay area.