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#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 2: Do a Workout or Event that Scares You

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UPDATE: This week’s winners are Elyse Hahn, Reanna McKinzie, and @whirlsy on Twitter. You’ve each scored a Fitbit One and Fitbit t-shirt! Want to get involved? Here’s week 3′s challenge.

Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 10.12.02 AMThis week’s challenge comes directly from Fitbit ambassador Dean Karnazes. TIME magazine named Dean as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.”  Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NYC bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.

Jumping into a workout you’ve never done before can be intimidating, even for me. However, overcoming these fears and attempting new challenges can be tremendously rewarding.

Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back. I say, “Celebrate failure, welcome it, and learn from it.” My failures have provided much richer lessons than my successes. Unless you’re willing to fail, you’ll never know how far you can go. So I say bring it!

Here’s a simple plan to follow when launching into a new challenge:

  1. Get the Right Gear – Gear is essential, so do some legwork, figuratively and literally. Investing in a good pair of shoes is the perfect place to start. Having the right pair of shoes will make your activity more pleasant, and you’ll feel plenty guilty if you don’t stay motivated after spending all that time and money on a good pair of workout shoes. Remember, every foot is different – some people have flat feet, some over-pronate, some run on the balls of their feet, etc. So it’s important to get the shoe that fits your foot to avoid injury. The right shoe is the right shoe for you, so get fitted at a running specialty store by a knowledgeable staff member. They’ll watch how you run and walk to make sure the shoe fits you properly and compliments your individual gait. After that, it’s all about preparation, both mentally and physically. Your will to train has got to be as strong as your will to succeed (or else you won’t). It may be tempting to follow the path of least resistance or to look for shortcuts along the way, but I think we all realize that nothing worthwhile in life comes easily. The more lofty the goal, the more dedication, commitment and resolve it will take to accomplish it. And I encourage you to reach for the stars! Here are some additional tips that can help you prevail.
  2. Eat Right: Food and Hydration – Nutrition can make you or break you. My advice on nutrition and hydration is: “Listen to everyone, follow no one.” We are all an experiment of one, and what works for me may not work for you. Try different food and hydration combinations while training so you can learn what foods and beverages seem to work the best. The idea is to find the right formula and stick to it on race day. The amount of food, water and electrolyte replacement you’ll need depends on what activity you’re doing and for how long. While there are some useful guidelines out there to help plan your food and hydration levels, try to listen to your body first. Follow the suggestions loosely, but tune in to the needs and nuances of your body foremost.
  3. Sign Up for a Class/Event – Whether it be CrossFit, Couch to 5K, Bikram yoga, or your first half or full marathon, making a commitment is what matters. Many events require early registration; so the sooner you can set your goal, the better. Plus, when you make a plan and plunk down money to participate, you feel empowered. A deadline’s looming in the future and there’s no turning back!
  4. Set a Training Schedule – Setting a training schedule is one thing; sticking to it is an altogether different proposition (arguably more difficult that the actual event itself!). The routine of building up your strength and stamina can sometimes feel like a drag. Try to project how much better you will feel after completing your workout. Let those feelings of accomplishment and empowerment propel you to get going. A couple of tips: if you like music, play the music you love while changing into your workout gear to help keep you motivated, sign up with a training group, or arrange a group of friends and coworkers yourself if that format works better. Make training and physical activity part of your everyday lifestyle. Use your Fitbit to track your progress daily and try to one-up yourself. Everybody loves a challenge, and there’s no better adversary than yourself.
  5. Take Time to Reflect and Evaluate– In assessing your experience, are you satisfied? Did you live up to your expectations? We are our own harshest critics, and making time for self-reflection and post-workout analysis is a very useful exercise. Could you have done better? If so, how? Rank your performance on a scale of 1 to 10. Then, set a future goal and look to surpass your last. Make it challenging, though fun, and never stop exploring!

So how are you kicking off 2014 with a new workout, race or event? Tell us how you did it using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram. We’ll be giving away a prize each week, chosen from people participating using the hashtag. So get going! Up for grabs this week are three Fitbit One trackers and Fitbit t-shirts. Good luck.

86 Responses leave one →
  1. sara gross permalink
    January 15, 2014

    I’m trying yoga its not as hard as i thought it would be.

  2. ann permalink
    January 16, 2014

    I’m in, but late to the game as I am just figuring this out. Will let you know what I did.

  3. Michele permalink
    January 17, 2014

    Why is it so difficult to contact fitbit? Where is your customer service?

    • ChrisMorell, Fitbit permalink*
      January 21, 2014

      Michele – You can reach our support team at contact.fitbit.com.

      • Teddie Riehl permalink
        January 22, 2014

        I have emailed customer support twice and I get a generic email response saying I will be contacted soon. Never have been contacted. ;-(
        You have such a demand for your fantastic product and no customer service.

  4. Chris permalink
    January 18, 2014

    Just got the fitbit it’s pretty cool, had two ideas immediately when I started playing around with it. One, add a program to it to wake u at the peak of your sleep cycle ( check out sleep cycle app. For better explanation) . Two, get a heart rate Monitor to sync with fitbit. Alright I’m going to keep playin later!!

  5. January 19, 2014

    I tried swimming this week after not having been in a lap pool for 6 years. It was so hard! I can run half marathons but swimming two consecutive laps was extremely difficult. I swam for 30 minutes and then took water aerobics twice this week and loved it. I’ll be back at it to cross train some more next week!

  6. Jenny permalink
    January 19, 2014

    What’s Week 3??? It starts tomorrow and we don’t know what the challenge is??? Unless I’m missing the post somewhere – but I’ve looked where the first two weeks were…

    • ChrisMorell, Fitbit permalink*
      January 21, 2014

      Hey Jenny – We extended week 2 for another week, so week 3 will start on Monday Jan 27.

  7. Tifanie Petro permalink
    January 20, 2014

    My #Fitbit2014 challenge is that I am training to run my first 5k. I have walked one before but have never ran the whole thing. This is a huge challenge for me! I will be doing the Run or Dye in June 2014!

    • Cherry permalink
      January 22, 2014

      I am going to participate in my first dirty dash in July, relay for life in Aug and hopefully a 10k in Sept.

  8. Joan permalink
    January 20, 2014

    I hope this helps me get back on track, I sure hope so, been sick for the holidays and quit all activity, scary to get to it again.

  9. Wendy permalink
    January 20, 2014

    I tried a Barre Strength training class. Which is ballet based ????. Loved it, but way tougher than I thought ????

  10. Wendy permalink
    January 20, 2014

    Took a Barre strength training class! Loved it ????

  11. Ingrid permalink
    January 20, 2014

    I already have backache and now I am trying to get a little bit fitter and
    healthier with my Fitbit. I hope that it helpse to get less backache.

  12. Fatima permalink
    January 21, 2014

    I did a Zumbathon on Sunday with another 80 something men n woman.

  13. Cori permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Love my Fitbit Zip and intend to try one of the workouts I’ve pinned on Pinterest. I’m not gonna lie, they all scare me! If it goes beyond walking, it scares me right now. I really need to get back to swimming laps, and that will mean I need a waterproof Fitbit to be able to track that activity (because I always forget to go enter extra activity on my log).

  14. Rachel permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I have recently gotten back into Yoga, and I have started a regimen of squats and elliptical time. I have also started my diet of two protein smoothies a day!

  15. Lauralynn permalink
    January 22, 2014

    My #Fitbit2014 challenge is to lose 15-20 lbs before my wedding in Oct. I’m doing P90X and T25. It’s been pretty rough, but I’m surprised at how well I’m doing so far! :)

  16. Nisa permalink
    January 22, 2014

    This year I’m focusing more on localized daily workouts. Keeps me organized and on track!

  17. Shellene permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Signed up for a mud run- My Muddy Valentine- a 5k mud run Feb 15 :-)

  18. Donna A permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’m multiplying the effects. I’m a teacher and when I wear my fitbit flex to school the students want to walk so we can see how many steps we’ve taken. I’ve even used it for math problems.

  19. Emilie permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I plan to wake up an hour early each week day to run for an hour before work. No excuses about being too tired at the end of the day!

  20. January 22, 2014

    #fitbit2014 I became a zumba instructor on January 18. I plan on teaching at least a class a week and being a sub. Unfortunately the fitbit flex I got as a gift last year stopped charging and since it was a gift. No receipt. So now I’m without a fitbit. I really want a new one because my students love coming up and asking how many calories or steps did we accomplish with a class. I know I see a few of my students with them now. I am disappointed that fitbit can’t see when I started my account in July to establish when I bought my fitbit. I’m really disappointed but I’m hoping I win…

  21. Jolene Schneider permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I will be starting a cleanse on Saturday that has me freaked out. I am giving up coffee, sugar, gluten, and animal products. Basically if it doesn’t grow between the cracks in my driveway I can’t have it. I’m terrified. I’m such an addict when it comes to caffeine, crappy food, and my nightly chocolate. I told my aunt I would do it with her. I’ve never done something like this before. But she said it would help to cut the addiction to such foods and jump start us on eating healthy. I’m trying to be supportive, I hope I can do it! I’m going to be a hot mess the first few days, wish me luck. (May not sound daring to y’all but for me this is asking a lot. )

  22. Trish Cone permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Walking. Getting in shape for my trip to NYC in March. Increasing my steps each day. Up to 3 miles a day.

  23. Omar permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Got my Fitbit in November and has been great. Two simple goals: loose 20 lbs (from 167 to 147) and loose fat% (from 26% to 10%). I want to reach my 40th birthday and 5th anniversary in good shape! It implied not only intensified my routine of exercises but also control my net caloric intake. So far very happy: weight 153 lbs (target to be accomplished mid Feb), and 19% fat … on the latter still way to go. I hired a trainer for 2-3 days per week, attend bodycombat/kickboxing classes 4-5 times per week, run 30-60 min 4-5 times per week and try to end each day with ~1000 calories below my budget. Using Lose It! helps a lot. It has been a challenge (“no pain no gain”) but I feel much better @ work, @ home and outside. Fitbit has made a big difference for me!

  24. Beth Molaro permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I have been sick with the flu for 4 weeks. I am starting today with a fitness scedule with a goal of adding 2000 steps a day. I am diabetic and need to walk to live.

  25. Andrea permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I started the Mossa fight workout on the xbox 1. I love that a gaming system is trying to get people active with free workouts. I am loving it so far. Last year I walked my first ever 1/2 marathon. This year I plan to run/ jog/ walk the half :)

  26. Faith permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I started working with a personal trainer and joined a master’s swimming group. In two weeks I’ll swim in my first-ever competitive swim meet.

  27. January 22, 2014

    I’m not real big on exercise but having the fitbit on makes me do a little more each day just so I don’t see the numbers going down. Hope to get the newer model force this year because the clasp on mine keeps opening up no matter what I try. I’m taping it on now so it doesn’t get lost. Great aid to stay in shape though.

  28. January 22, 2014

    Signing ip for first half marathon.

  29. lauren permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I registered for a quarter marathon in May as a solid goal to work towards… If all goes well, I’m aiming for a Tough Mudder next!

  30. Beth permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I love my fitbit, it motivates me to move each day!! I would love to win a new one for my brother, his finally bit the dust after successfully helping him to lose over 100 pounds, just my walking, over the last couple of years!
    My scary workout has been running hills in our neighborhood, I’m slowly getting better at it!

  31. Lindsey Brones permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’m going to my first Barre Class! I’m very excited but hear it is intense. I love my fitbit flex and I can’t wait to see what awesome products I can use to get healthy and fit this year. It’s like an addiction to try to get to that 10,000 mark everyday!! Thank You!

  32. Page permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I am trying a bootcamp and love it. I had knee replacement last year and didn’t think I could do a lot of strenuous exercises, this really pushed me and I was able to do a lot more than I thought I could. My only problem is my fitbit will not stay on, It has fallen off several times and I have to retract my steps to find, very frustrating….

  33. Nina permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’m all geared up and ready to start working out again after an injury kept me back a bit. 3 days cardio and 2 days strength training! Right now my goal is 7000 steps a day. Zumba, walking, jogging, and weights get ready for me and my fitbit!

  34. Kelly permalink
    January 22, 2014

    i plan on signing up for a gym membership. never been to a gym before and not sure how well I will like it.

  35. Carrie A permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I am doing a variety of “challenges” this year. So far I’ve followed a 28 day Xtreme workout challenge, right now I’m in the middle of a 30 day HIIT challenge. Starting Feb. 15th I’ll be doing another HIIT challenge which is TBD, but I’m STOKED to get to it!

  36. Fran permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I signed up for a three month challenge at work which requires check in with a health coach every few weeks. She was not impressed when I said I wanted to try a fitbit, but it spurs me on every day and I love it!

  37. Andrea Rude permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Went running outside in the freezing cold and the sidewalks were super icy! I despise the cold so it was a huge challenge!

  38. Josh permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I am training to run a half marathon

  39. Ava permalink
    January 22, 2014

    My son is getting married in August so I’m in Mother of the Groom mindset right now! I’ve been walking on my ellipitical at home! At work, we are doing aerobics (Rockin’ Body) 2 times per week! It’s been 2 weeks and I’m already feeling so much better!

  40. Tina permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I am trying a new Slim in 6 Beachbody workout

  41. Judith permalink
    January 22, 2014

    At the age of 67, I just signed up for my first Hash House Harriers walk/run.

  42. Lauren permalink
    January 22, 2014

    My 2014 Fitbit challenge is to be able to run 5 km. I have never been a runner, or into fitness. However since having a baby and gaining substantial weight I have been extremely motivated. I was told by doctors I was not allowed to run, although with determination I can run. Each week I run I little further. My Fitbit has been an enormous motivation! I think without it I wouldn’t we working as hard as I am.

  43. January 22, 2014

    I have been using the Zip for awhile now and Love it and find myself being very competitive with my friends on here. This week I started a Leslie Sansone ” Walk it off in 30 days”. There are two different workouts one being the Burn and the other the Firm. The Firm uses weights and I have never used them so just a bit intimated with them. Just might take me awhile to get the hang of it!

  44. Neil d permalink
    January 22, 2014

    After our house was broken into before Christmas, both myself and my wife have set the goal for #fitbit2014 of getting back into the Michelle bridges challenge, both exercise and food….

  45. January 22, 2014

    I’m trying to get into a sleeping and working out cycle. Not getting enough rest so that makes workouts harder. I need a fitbit to see how much I’m really sleeping.

  46. Mallory permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’m trying to get into a workout routine with at-home exercises first — from Just Dance for Kinect to Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Hopefully, once the wintry weather subsides, I’ll be ready to head to the gym or try outdoor activities.

  47. Sandra permalink
    January 22, 2014

    The fit bit has helped encourage me in my training. I started an outdoor get fit program in April 2013 since I got the fit it it helps me track and be aware of what I’m eating and drinking, the exercise I’m doing and setting the goals encourages you to do your best!
    It’s great!
    Sandra.

  48. Heidi permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Working out more with my spouse – we’re BOTH on track to get healthier ! #Fitbit2014

  49. Elyse Hahn permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I am training for a sprint triathalon! It is on my 26th birthday this year and I can’t think of something better to do on my birthday but prove to myself that all this work has been worth it!

    • ChrisMorell, Fitbit permalink*
      January 27, 2014

      Hey Elyse – You’re one of this week’s winners! Shoot an email to cmorell@fitbit.com with your mailing address and preferred shirt size. Thx.

  50. Jacqueline permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I have signed up for the 10km run, part of Wellington (NZ’s) Round the Bays event on Feb 23rd. Looking forward to it!

  51. Pat Sullivan permalink
    January 22, 2014

    We did a Ragnar relay in Toronto last year. This year we are doing the relay in cape cod, with 6 people instead of 12. Going ultra!! A fit it would really help with my training!

  52. Stacy permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Doing Tabata! Already have sore muscles everywhere!

  53. Patricia Broom permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Challenged myself to do a 5K walk straight after work, Monday to Friday, so far, so good! ????

  54. Victor permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Walking without brace (after ACL/PCL replacement surgery.
    Feels good to go beyond the regular 10,000 steps.
    Working my way back and up!!!!!

  55. HUCK LIEBROCK permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I just finished a 35 minute cycle and a full hour of circuit training in the gym, and my activities show up as NADA.
    Can this Flex not be set up to recognize anything other than steps

  56. Anne Lalande permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I love my fitbit zip… i purchased a fitbit one for a gift & had to return it so i got an aria… love the aria! It is really making me consider my food choices more carefully and the zip tells me if i am moving enough!

  57. Kim permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Since I got mine I try to meet or beat 10000 steps……

  58. Joyce permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Signed up to do a Dirty Girl mud run in June with a few friends. Ran in my first ColorRun earlier this year what a blast. Can’t wait to do another. I’m excited for the mud run should be interesting. Hubby got me my fit bit for Christmas and I love it.

  59. Maddy permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Tried fitbit flex. Then tried nike fuelband, and then came BACK to the fitbit flex! Love the sleekness if it, interchangeable bands, and sleep tracking of the Fitbit. For 2014 I’m doing a lot more walking (especially with my husband who has a Fitbit Force) and weekly yoga. Thanks for the motivation boost Fitbit! ??

  60. Sharon permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’ve started doing Turbokick and Turbo Fire at the Y. Wow! It certainly gets the heart rate up!

  61. January 22, 2014

    I’m going to do my first 1/2 marathon this year! Come on Fit bit keep me motivated and I will do my best! Never ran before until I turned 49 years old and decided to get fit… I use my fit bit everyday to count my steps and I lost 50 pounds, now I’m 52 and have done numerous 5k races and some 10k races now I’m up for a challenge! Let’s do it! #Fitbit2014*Getfit2014

  62. Anonymous permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I’m in my 60′s & loving my fit bit it keeps me activ & motivated
    Do not like the fact that my fit bit band has split after six months. Would like a replacement band

  63. Laurie permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Tried abs workout!! Haven’t done anything like this in 20 years. But hey it’s easier since losing 60 pounds.

  64. Myra permalink
    January 22, 2014

    Fitbit rocks! Love it syncs with so many other programs. I am aiming for 60,000 steps per week.

  65. Leslie Goulet permalink
    January 22, 2014

    My #Fitbit2014 challenge is I was picked from the lottery to run the Nike Women’s half marathon in Washington D.C. On April 27th!! So excited for this event in our Nations Capitol! 94 days of training to the big day woot!

  66. January 22, 2014

    Going out running in spite of shin splints… Now that is terrifying! But I refuse to stop. New trainers is the trick!

  67. January 23, 2014

    My fitbit challenge #Fitbit2014 is to execute my daily plan and meet my goals for 7 days in a row. Consistency is hard for me, but I’m determined and the fitbit helps!

  68. William permalink
    January 23, 2014

    Doing a 10km run tomorrow! Saturday 3km swim with a 80km bike! #Fitbit2014

  69. Mary Beth Jackson permalink
    January 23, 2014

    I signed up for the virtual 10K program through US Road Running. First finish 1:08!

  70. Jesse permalink
    January 23, 2014

    My #Fitbit2014 challenge is to lose 20 more pounds! I am down 60 already since June 2013 and my fitbit has definitely been a major part in my weight loss goal. It helps me realize how much taking a few extra steps at work or in the gym can really do for me! I will also be running in The Color Run this July!

  71. Sharon Peters permalink
    January 23, 2014

    I tried a Kangoo class! I have mobility issues in my left leg making running impossible for me. I saw info. On Kangoo and thought it looked like a lot if fun, but was so scared that I would really hurt myself! Can’t tell you how nervous I was! Well I loved it! I didn’t fall. It definitely had its challenges, but I’m hooked! I bought a fitbit before going and it showed I burned well over 1,000 calories.

  72. SherrieC permalink
    January 23, 2014

    Lovin’ my new Fitbit. Increases the level of activity awareness in such a positive way. My new challenge is to add a cross-fit routine to my existing 2 mile daily run. At a young “57″ years old, this is a challenge!

  73. Terry permalink
    January 23, 2014

    Getting older, need to keep the hereditary diseases like diabetes at bay. I remembered my grandfather (he lived to be 98) walked several miles per day, just cause. If he could, I can.

  74. Stacey R permalink
    January 23, 2014

    I’ve started aqua jog at my local YMCA.

  75. Mars permalink
    January 23, 2014

    My Fitbit 2014 Challenge is to start slowly, but to run a 1/2 marathon in mid June!

  76. Lymari permalink
    January 24, 2014

    Did my first 5k.. With Color! Loved it and definitely exceeded my goal. I’m looking into running other 5k’s this year. Never thought I loved running!

  77. Laura permalink
    January 26, 2014

    #Fitbit2014 challenge: I am training to run my first 5k. I am going to do the Electric Run on June 20th. It’s at night in the dark, so if I fall on my face, no one will know it was me. : /

  78. Mary permalink
    January 26, 2014

    After many mornings of just walking around the neighborhood, I tried out a nearby walking trail & kept my pace at a consistent 16 minute mile-no pausing, no slowing down. A little breathless but it felt great.

  79. January 27, 2014

    Thanks so much for the win! I’m so excited to get my FitBit One and T-Shirt to work out in! :)

    JC – @whirlsy

  80. Brigette Baird permalink
    March 25, 2014

    I’m into my 9th week with Fit bit. Started doing 15000 steps daily and now I’m doing well over 20000 each day. I’m also on an eating plan and have lost 10kg. I love it motivates me so much.
    I do exercise classes twice a week and try and mix it up with cardio. Kick boxing, abbs etc. I also go walking 5 – 7 kms on days I can’t make it to class. I’ve had a few days where the weather has kept me indoor so I’ve found other ways to increase my steps while doing house work. When ironing I put the basket in the other room. If I walk up the stairs I have to do it three times and it’s amazing how many steps you can do while marching on the spot while cooking dinner.
    Thanks you fitbit for helping me know my steps, this motivates me and has helped with my weight loss. I was unwell, almost diabetic and pre-menopausal plus a shoulder injury. Since my weight loss my blood tests have come back 100% ok plus no pain in my shoulder. I’m currently at a very healthy weight and counting my steps daily with fitbit is helping me stay on track.

  81. Ramon permalink
    June 7, 2014

    Just started back using my FitBit. I’va always enjoyed using it but dropped off due to the allergic reactions I had to my HBP medications with fatigue in my upper buttocks region. Current meds seem to be better and I’m walking 3+ miles a day. Where do I sign up for these challenges and how exactly do I place the posts on Facebook or Instagram. I have posted my daily stas on FB to my friends/followersin this format — this is yesterday’s post: “FitBit Stats: 4.62 mile walk this morning at pace of 17:88/mi (Total walking time 75 minutes). Weight loss since Thu 6/29: -10 lbs”. What do I need to do.

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