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Fitbit Healthy Habits: Week 2

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Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. It can be tempting to try and tackle every every unhealthy thing in your life all at once. But studies have shown that our willpower is finite, so trying to change too many of your habits at once will at the very least make you exhausted, and at most cause you to burn out on staying healthy earlier. So we’d like to challenge each and every reader with bite-sized daily tips in the Fitbit #HealthyHabits challenge!

Healthy Habits Week 2: Nutrition

Week 1 is already over in the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge! If you’re a little behind, don’t sweat it: you can view last week’s challenges here. You can do these challenges in any order you like, or as often as you like: just save or print out the checklist and follow along at your own pace.

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Keep Calm and Just Breathe

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How to practice equal breathing to reduce stress

For many of us, stress is a daily part of life. While we sometimes can’t cut out the source of the stress, we can work on controlling it and calming ourselves down. And one of the simplest ways to do so is also something you’re doing right now: breathing.

Breathing exercises have been credited with all kinds of health benefits, from changing blood pressure to influencing asthma. While the full benefits haven’t been studied at length in a clinical setting, breathing exercises have been practiced for centuries. And today’s Health Habits challenge is to try out one of the simplest forms: equal breathing.

Getting started is so simple you can try it right now as you read this article, or try it later as you try to fall asleep or are on your commute. Start by taking a slow, deep breath, and slowly count to four as you do. When your lungs are full, breathe out just as slowly, also while counting to four. The aim is to take slow, measured breaths where you’re breathing in for the same length of time as you’re breathing out.

If four seconds seems too long (or too short!), you can adjust the time to whatever you’re comfortable with.

So tell us: did you try equal breathing while reading the article? How did it make you feel?

Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak: 5 High-Sugar Foods to Avoid

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Harley Pasternak's 5 Foods High in Sugar

We’ve written before about avoiding sugar in your diet. But sometimes sugar can be found in the most unlikely of places. That’s why we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to share his top five list of foods surprisingly high in sugar:

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Find Your Zen With These 7 Meditation Tips

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7 Tips for Meditation

We’ve just kicked off our Fitbit Healthy Habits series, and we’re excited for what the month will bring! To help out everyone hoping to get started with today’s challenge, meditate for 10 minutes, here are some tips to help you conquer day one.

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Find habits that stick with Fitbit Healthy Habits

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Create healthy habits this month

Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. Those first few months of getting up early to hit the gym or having to talk yourself up to putting your running shoes on can be a battle of willpower you don’t always win. But after awhile, what was once something you had to force yourself to do becomes second-nature. That’s when you know it has finally become a habit.

When it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle, it can be tempting to try and try and tackle every every unhealthy thing in your life all at once. But studies have shown that our willpower is finite, so trying to change too many of your habits at once will at the very least make you exhausted, and at most cause you to burn out on staying healthy earlier. So we’d like to challenge each and every reader with the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge!

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Drink Up! 7 Fit Tips on Staying Hydrated

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Ways to stay hydrated

It’s no secret these days that staying hydrated is an important part of your overall health, but there are loads of health benefits that aren’t as well known. Hydration can give your metabolism a boost, lubricate your joints, control your body’s temperature, and even help with digestion.

Regardless of your hydration goals, here are some tips and guidelines to keep in mind if you’re thinking about increasing your H2O intake:

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Everyday Recipes for Athletes

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Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes shares some of his favorite recipes

There’s a lot of talk about what to eat before and after your workouts. But what about the rest of the time? If you’re an athlete or working out rigorously on an ongoing basis, eating well is important for each meal. For some nutritious ideas, we turned to Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes for some of his favorite everyday recipes:

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Top 10 Healthy, Guilt-Free Pizza Options (yes!)

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Today’s guest post comes from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and creator of the Foodtrainers blog.

Healthy Pizza

 

Last night, I had a meeting with a fairly new nutrition client. I’ve provided him with ways to make a healthier version of his beloved egg sandwich (omega 3 eggs, sprouted English muffin, avocado) and other sensible swaps. “This plan is so livable” he remarked. I laughed, “any eating regime you embark on must me livable even enjoyable.” For me, enjoyable means pizza and pasta. I’ve told you about our Foodtrainers’ favorite healthy pastas and now it’s pizza’s turn.

Here are our top 10 ways to eat more pizza while staying fit.

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Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak Shares His Tips for Losing Weight and Staying Fit

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Harley Pasternak offers his tips on losing weight and staying fit

Harley Pasternak has been training some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood for years. With the release of his latest book, 5 Pounds, we got the chance to ask him for a few of his top tips for losing weight and staying fit! We were also lucky enough to receive 20 copies of his new book that we’ll be giving away. Read on to learn what you can do to start getting fit today, and how to enter to win your copy!

What are a few things Fitbit users can start doing today to help kickstart their weight loss?

Don’t be afraid to get a little less efficient with your day. Park farther away from the entrance to the grocery store. Take your dog around the block rather than just letting her out in the back yard. Take your groceries inside in three trips instead of one. Shovel your walk instead of using a snowblower.

One thing I like to do is to make plans for walking coffees with my friends. And I have an earpiece for my phone so I can make my phone calls while I’m moving.

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How To Pack Your Lunch Like a Health Pro

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Healthy lunch

When it comes to lunch, it can be all too easy to throw a bag of chips and a PB&J into a bag and call it a day. Or to run next door to grab an 800-calorie sub instead. In the mad dash to get out of the house in the morning, adding one more thing to the routine can seem like too much.

But eating a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be such a chore. Here are just a few nutritious substitutions you can make for a hearty, healthy lunch.

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