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Move More & Make a Difference with Celebrity Challenges

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Fitbit Celebrity Challenges: Hilary Rhoda vs Erin Heatherton

We’re officially six weeks into the New Year, and we’re here with yet more motivation to keep you going all year long! This time, we’re inviting you to step along with the stars in something we’re calling Celebrity Challenges.

What are Celebrity Challenges, you ask? It’s simple: two celebrities will face off for some friendly competition in a week-long Fitbit Challenge to see who can get the most steps in five days. Everyone can follow along both here and on social media with #FitbitCelebChallenges. On top of that, you can help your favorite contenders along with a $1 charitable donation that will add 10 steps to their overall count. For every challenge, Fitbit will donate an additional $10,000 to the American Heart Association in the name of the celebrity winner.

We’re kicking things off this week with two fashion icons: Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated models Erin Heatherton and Hilary Rhoda! They’ll also be contributing here on our blog with more information on how they manage to work fitness into their busy routines. You can cheer them along throughout the five days.

And the fitness fun doesn’t stop there. Next week we’ll have baseball’s best: San Francisco outfielder and world champion Hunter Pence, and Miami infielder Dee Gordon step up to the plate and competing for the title of Ultimate Stepper!

So who will you be cheering for on the battlefield of steps? Let us know on Twitter using #FitbitCelebChallenges.

How Dean Karnazes Uses Heart Rate Data While Training

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Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes explains how heart rate tech helps him train

PurePulse Heart Rate is a new technology at Fitbit that we’re really proud of. Included in both the ChargeHR and Surge, it offers continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones. Tracking your heart rate allows you to accurately track your calorie burn, maintain workout intensity, maximize training, and optimize your results. But how do you use it?

We turned to Fitbit ambassador and ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes to learn how he uses the heart rate tracking in his Fitbit Surge while training for his races.

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Healthy Chocolate Hall of Fame

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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.

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I have good news, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up! You don’t have to cut chocolate in order to be fit and healthy. There are many ways to have a guilt-free chocolate fix. We spend a couple of weeks at Foodtrainers testing various chocolate treats (tough work I know) in order to come up with our best of the best or Healthy Chocolate Hall of Fame. Not only are these options OK to eat, I’d say they’re encouraged – just try not to enjoy more than one a day.

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Stay Motivated at Home

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We’ve recently talked about how to make the most of your gym membership for those of you who are working on building up a gym routine. But while gyms can be extremely helpful as you work on tackling your fitness goals, they’re not for everyone. If that rings true, this post is for you.

There are plenty of ways to stay fit year-long without a gym, if that’s what you prefer. Here are just a few ways to help you stay on-track and work fitness into your home.

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Super Alpha Mega Vanilla Shake Recipe

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Today’s guest blog comes from Mo Clancy. She is a serial entrepreneur who after her own challenges finding clean food decided to open San Francisco’s Seed + Salt. She connected with Chef Ariel Nadelberg, formerly of Applewood and Al Di La in Brooklyn, and spent almost 2 years creating recipes that delivered on good-for-you ingrediants without sacrificing taste. Seed + Salt is a restaurant dedicated to organic, chef prepared clean food – convenient, plant based, dairy and gluten free, without cane sugar, processed foods or GMOs.

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This recipe was something Chef Ariel developed for me because I am a milkshake and ice cream fanatic. I said to her, “It would be a dream to have a milkshake that is actually good for me.” And a bit a time later she presented me with the most delicious milkshake, loaded with fresh coconut meat and superfoods.

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Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long!

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A lot of times, when it comes to fitness we’re focused on a very narrow view, like the numbers on a scale or the calories in our dinners. But when it comes to heart health, there’s more to it.

We asked board-certified cardiologist Tara Narula, M.D., to share her top recommendations for heart-healthy activities:

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Rocco DiSpirito’s Three Tips for a Healthy Kitchen

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Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpiritoWe’re excited to have award-winning chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito back for another Fitbit blog! Rocco is well-known for his work with shows like Extreme Weight Loss, The Biggest Loser, and Restaurant Divided.

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 called The Delicious Life sought after by celebrities, fans and foodies alike.

Here’s Rocco’s tips on how to keep healthy in the kitchen.

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Harley Pasternak’s Tips for Mixing Up Your Fitness Routine

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We’re now into month two of 2015, and hopefully many of you have started creating healthy habits that stick! The thing to be careful about with habits, however, is to make sure your new routine doesn’t become boring over time. To help you shake things up and keep things fun, we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for his tips on mixing up your workout:

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FitForFood starts today! Make your calories count for good

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Joel McHale

Starting today, every calorie you burn by being active can count toward meals for people in need!

All you have to do to get started is sign up for FitForFood. After that, the more you burn, the more you give. It’s that simple.

Our goal is 1 billion calories. And when we reach it, we’ll help provide 1.5 million meals to Americans who struggle with hunger with the help of our partner Feeding Americathe nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and people like you.

You can also learn more by checking out this video, where comedian and actor Joel McHale explains.

What are you waiting for? Let’s do this thing. Sign up here.

Heart-Racing Moments from the Big Game

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After another exciting season of football, we thought of exploring how watching the games affects our users. While exploring how many steps users were losing during football games (turns out it was 1700 steps per game!) we found characteristic patterns of cities watching football games. We could see dips in steps as the games came on,  briefly rise and fall during halftime, and rapidly shoot back up as the game ended. This led us to wonder what this would look like for the biggest game of the year.

While tracking heart rate throughout the day using anonymized data from each city, we could see heart rates going up for exciting moments during the game! The largest peak for the exciting game ending equates to a rise of about 10 BPM on average for both cities. We also noticed that the overall heart rate for both cities was up by about 3 BPM compared to a non-football Sunday, showing that the excitement was actually felt all throughout the game – although the second half was decidedly more exciting than the first, since that average heart rate bumped up by about 6 BPM for that period.

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Big Game Activity

Robert is a Data Scientist on the Research and Development team at Fitbit. His favorite football team is the 49ers.