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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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Holiday Recovery: How to Get Back On Track After Overindulging

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Between holiday meals, parties, and bad weather, it’s easy to fall off the healthy-living wagon. While a little indulging every now and again won’t make or break you diet, you can usually tell when you’ve gone a little overboard.

If you monopolized the cookies or hit the eggnog a little hard, it’s not too late to get back on track. Here are 6 things to focus on this week to help you start 2015 on the right foot:

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New Year’s Eve Celebration in Steps

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Ever wonder what the average Fitbit user’s activity looks like on New Year’s? We took a look at just that!

It tells a fun story, too. We see that the younger crowd is the most active, and well into the morning hours too. There’s also an obvious drop just as the ball is about to drop as people settle down with their champagne. Click on the image to view its full size, and see for yourself!

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Disclaimer: Fitbit user data was de-identified and aggregated to produce this anonymous data.

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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6 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overeating During the Holidays

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Useful Science is a nonprofit run by 65 grad students and professionals. The author of this post is Greg Traversy from the University of Ottawa. The most recent Useful Science post was about improving your life. Email them at hello@usefulscience.org.

Are there factors outside of our body – in the environment, for example – that influence how much we eat at a given meal? The short answer is yes, and they can make us eat more regardless of our feelings of hunger. Here is a list, with the science to back it up, of environmental factors that can cause us to eat more than we normally would.

And for each bit of science, we’ve provided a tip to help you counteract the science and avoid the overeating temptation especially during the upcoming holidays. So let’s go…

 

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These Artists Turned Fitbit Data into a Connected Canvas

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The artistic duo LigoranoReese have been collaborating as a team on amazing projects since the mid 1980s. But Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese’s latest exhibit is a phenomenal, interactive self-portrait derived from Fitbit and psychological data.

To say we were intrigued by the exhibit is an understatement—so we caught up with the artists to learn exactly how the idea came about and all the intricate work that went into each portrait. Read on for the full interview.

And if you’re local to the San Francisco Bay area, you can see I•AM•I in person at the Catharine Clark Gallery until January 3, 2015. Here’s how to find out more about the exhibit.

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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