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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 27: Try meditating for 5 minutes

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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

We’ve written before about working out being a good way to de-stress. But for times when you can’t fit in a full workout, then what? We turned to author Jenny Blake with this question, and her answer is today’s challenge: Try meditating for 5 minutes!

Meditation, schmeditation. Many of us have read the rapidly-growing number of articles touting its benefits (Improved sleep! Health! Gratitude! Focus! Productivity!) but for the longest time, even as an avid yogi and lover of Buddhist books, I JUST. COULDN’T. GET. INTO. IT. I got bored, restless, and I never “had the time.” (Pfft! What a load of hooey—even 5 minutes goes a long way.)

30 Days to summer Fit, Day 27: Make room for meditation

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 24: Drink a glass of water before each meal & snack

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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 of our 30-day summer countdown! We know you all can keep it up through the end. For today’s challenge, we’re even keeping it pretty simple: Drink a glass of water before each meal & snack.

There are a lot of different opinions about how much water is the “right” amount to drink each day. But there have been studies that show that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before each deal can help reduce calorie intake.

We also turned to Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Erica Steinz for her tips about hydration:

Another common fear is holding onto water weight so people intake less water than is suggested before an event, photo shoot, etc. It’s actually smarter to drink a lot more water to flush out the sodium in your body so that your body does NOT retain water a week prior to the event. Then reduce the amount of water a day or two before you want to look slim in those pictures!

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 22: Switch up your appetizers with something healthy

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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

It’s day 22, and those healthy habits are starting to stick. Let’s take it further by tackling one of the toughest health hurdles: appetizers. Step aside, onion rings. We’ve got insider tips from Chef Jessica Albertson to tease that appetite with fresh and flavorful foods sure to satisfy to help with today’s challenge: Switch up your appetizers with something healthy!

Recipes for easy weeknight meals don’t have to be one pot wonders or 3 ingredients or less, though this is a bonus. A little commitment goes a long way. Make that weekend trip to the farmers market worth it and buy the best and brightest from the season. The colors and smells will keep your cooking and eating inspired through the whole week.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 22: Switch up your appetizers

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 20: Stretch your hamstrings with these three simple yoga poses.

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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

Today, we’ve turned once again to guest-author Jenny Blake for another quick yoga challenge: Stretch your hamstrings with these three simple yoga poses.

Hamstrings. Those big ol’ muscles on the backs of your thighs that practically scream the second you enter your first forward fold in a yoga class. Okay, well at least for me if any of the following are true: I’ve done a vigorous workout the day before involving running or squats, I’ve been sitting for too long, or I’ve abandoned my yoga practice for more than a few days in a row.

Many of us sit all day — from car (or subway) to desk to couch. It’s rare that our hamstrings get much love from our daily routine. So what’s a modern-day man or woman to do?

Answer: YOGA! But you knew that was coming :)

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 20: Stretch your hamstrings

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19: Switch up dessert with something healthy

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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

Dessert can be a pain point for anyone with a sweet tooth who’s also trying to cut back on the calories. But it doesn’t have to be. Which brings us to today’s challenge: Switch up dessert with something healthy.

To help you along with this challenge, here are two great adaptable recipe from Chef Jessica Albertson, who previously provided us with our Day 9 healthy recipe.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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5 Tips to Prevent Weight-Gain Weekends

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Lauren headshot smallLauren 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 on Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about 10 Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Healthy and Common Mother’s Day Mistakes.

Let’s say a person (perhaps you) develops a stellar eating routine that involves cooking, hydrating and eating lots of green things. By Friday that person (perhaps you) feels accomplished, clothes are looser, energy is through the roof…you get the picture.

Then, person (you?) goes on a weekend getaway­—after all, it’s summer—and things are carefree. Person enjoys the weekend (a little too much) with extra cocktails and barbeques and fun, fun, fun. What’s the big deal, you say? No big deal if your weight loss from Monday to Friday is erased and you’re good with bloat and more.

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Believe it or not, there’s a way to balance cocktails with consciousness, even a way to make progress over the summer. Sure it’s nice out now but weekends are tricky all year round, so let’s sort them out. read more

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 15: Foam roll for 5 minutes

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After today, we’re half-way through our challenge. Congratulations to everyone who’s been keeping up each day! If you’ve felt sore after any of your workouts these past two weeks, then today’s challenge is for you: Foam roll for 5 minutes. This challenge comes to you from personal trainer Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp, who writes:

I’m committing to a minimum of 5 minutes of foam rolling every day. It’s important to roll out your muscles with a foam roller to prevent injury to keep you doing the activities you love. Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used to relax the muscles and improve soft tissue extensibility.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 15: Stretch it out

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Maria Menounos’ Everyday Weight Loss Tips

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We have a special guest blog today from actress and TV personality, Maria Menounos! In her new book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness, out today, she highlights Fitbit as one of her faves! Below is an excerpt from the book.

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MY EVERYGIRL WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY

Steps that helped me drop 40 pounds—and keep them off for good.

 

Set a Deadline
You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight . . . someday.” It’s that kind of loose talk, without a guideline, that discourages you from getting started and undermines success. My goal was to stop overeating, make healthier choices and lose weight slowly over the course of one year. Trying to rush or do crazy crash diets does not give you sustainable results. And I never focused on losing a specific number of pounds. I just knew by the end of a year I wanted to look and feel great, whatever my weight was.

 

Keep It to Yourself
When you tell others you’re trying to lose weight, you’re just putting pressure on yourself. Weight loss is tough enough—why make it any harder?

 

Tie It to an Event
If you have a specific event in mind, it gives you extra motivation. Maybe you want to get in shape for an upcoming class or family reunion. Maybe you’re going on vacation or just want to look good on the beach in the summer. My event was the Miss Massachusetts USA Beauty Pageant. I knew there was a swimsuit portion of the show and if I was going to be in a bathing suit in front of thousands of people, I wanted to be in the best possible shape.

 

Cut Back Slowly
Now that you know what you’re eating, it’s time to deal with some of those problem areas. I used to be able to eat seven slices of pizza in one sitting. I decided to make this one of the first things I cut back on. So instead of seven slices I would eat six. A week later I cut back to five slices. When I was finally down to three slices, I incorporated a healthy salad. By cutting back slowly, it was easier!

 

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 12: Make a healthy substitution to a meal

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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

Summer is looming and Father’s Day weekend is right around the corner. That means the season for picnics, BBQs, and other traditionally-unhealthy outings.

With that in mind, here’s today’s challenge: Make a healthy substitution to a meal. Whether you take more steps while cooking or go for salad instead of fries, do something today to make your diet a little healthier.

If taking your meal outdoors for a barbecue is on your radar, here are some easy ways to step up your grilling technique and get ready for some healthy summer cooking.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 12: Make a healthy substitution to a meal

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 11: No eating past 9 PM

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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

Here at Fitbit, we’re all about making small changes to your everyday life. Whether you’re swapping in some healthy snacks or finding ways to fit more steps in throughout the day, it can add up to big changes over time. So today’s challenge, coming to you from Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp, is a simple one: No eating past 9 PM. Erica writes:

This is a big challenge for me, but it’s important to give your body a rest at night with your last meal ending by 9pm at the latest. This gives your body 10-12 hours of rest until breakfast in order to produce the proper hormones that help you sleep and metabolize food for energy instead of storing most of it as fat.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 11

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