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Preparing for Your First 5K

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3.1 miles — the perfect distance for your first foray into one of the world’s most popular sports (for the record, that’s about 6,000 Fitbit steps). We’ll help you navigate some of the obstacles that trip people up when they’re starting a running program for the first time, or coming back to running after a break.

Here’s how to properly get started.

See also: 5 Beneficial Reasons to Run

And don’t forget to register for the first ever Fitbit Tiburon Half Marathon & 5K. read more

5 Inspirational Running Movies

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Summer is winding down and as we slide into fall, race season is kicking into gear. The weather’s getting mild and running events are aplenty. There’s no better time to get out, enjoy a nice run in the beautiful autumn weather and get those Fitbit steps in.

Perhaps you need a little inspiration? We’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a weeknight/weekend movie that’s both entertaining and motivational, these five classic running flicks won’t let you down.

1. Chariots of Fire

You can’t have a running-movie list without Chariots of Fire. This 1981 pic that won 4 Academy Awards and tells the story of a two British runners — one Jewish and one Christian — who compete in the 1924 Olympics. Though a bit dated, the film still holds up nicely. Plus, it’s got enough dream chasing, personal sacrifice, and downright competitive honor to get you off the couch and into your sneaks. read more

Fitbit Success Stories: Annemarie

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Fitbit Success Stories is a recurring feature on the Fitbit Blog. You’ll read inspirational and personal stories about Fitbit users who have achieved amazing things as a result of their Fitbit tracker, diet, exercise, and sheer ambition.

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At 48 years-old I was in constant pain and felt like a prisoner in my own home. Just walking around my house caused my feet and heels to ache, and I was afraid I was going to end up dying young. I had tried every diet out there and even thought about getting gastric bypass surgery. But I was afraid of the recovery and complications, not to mention the cost of the surgery.

At over 376 pounds I was sure that I just couldn’t do it on my own. I ended up in the ER one night. The doctor told me I had a heart murmur and was pre-diabetic. He advised me to begin taking better care of myself and losing some weight. Thinking about how much weight I needed to lose was overwhelming. But I was so tired of popping Motrin like candy, and my stomach was constantly aching from to the overuse of pain relievers.

A few weeks later I was watching The Biggest Loser on TV. I saw that the heaviest woman they had ever had on the show was almost as big as I was! I thought to myself, “If she could do this, I had to at least try one more time.” So I started by getting on my recumbent bike and watching The Biggest Loser at the same time. Needless to say, it took several days  of building up before I could get through an entire episode.

Not only did I lose over 206 pounds, but I was finally able to fulfill a lifetime dream…

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Christina Applegate Sports Tory Burch for Fitbit

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The cast of Married With Children got together for a special reunion featuring the cast of the original show for Katey Sagal’s Walk of Fame ceremony. Christina Applegate was spotted with her Tory Burch for Fitbit during her time at the podium.

“The fact that your [Katey Sagal’s] body is better now than it was then makes me sick, because I’m wearing a Fitbit trying to get rid of all my baby weight.”

Go Christina! You can watch the full speech below.

Fitbit Success Stories: Martha D.

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Fitbit Success Stories is a recurring feature on the Fitbit Blog. You’ll read inspirational and personal stories about Fitbit users who have achieved amazing things as a result of their Fitbit tracker, diet, exercise, and sheer ambition.

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Oh how I wish I could’ve blamed being overweight on my thyroid or some other physical disability. I’ve had tests done and my metabolism is perfect. So why have I fought the battle of the bulge my whole life? Ready for a shock? I ate too much!

Here I am, 57 years-old and a retired Naval officer. Yes, I was always fighting the weight standards when I was in the service. When I retired, however, it was, “Woohoo, I don’t have to do mandatory physical training (PT) anymore. No more semi-annual PT tests! No more getting the measured by the dreaded tape and trying to suck as much in as I could without being too obvious!”

So on January 1, 2014 the Flex went back on my wrist and I was underway. My goal was to lose 105 lbs.

And because of my decision to not exercise or eat well, the weight piled on. And on and on.

In May 2013, I bought a Fitbit Flex and I started watching what I was doing. And it started to work. But then some “life” moments happened and I put it away, then put back on what I’d lost plus 20 lbs more.

In December 2013, I had a serious talk with myself. I said, “Look you are either going to get this darn weight off or just throw in the towel and blow up until you have a heart attack. You have a military reunion in June 2015 so you have got to start now or totally embarrass yourself with your “plump” (to put it kindly) appearance.” I chose to get the weight off.

So on January 1, 2014 the Flex went back on my wrist and I was underway. My goal was to lose 105 lbs. read more

How To Nail the Run-Commute

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Commuting. It’s a word very few people get excited about. It conjures up long lines at the bus stop, long traffic jams at toll booths, and long, often sweaty stretches of standing on crowded metro lines or trains.

Yet add the word “bike” or “run” in front of your commute, and notice how possibilities open up. Here’s how to un-tether yourself from traditional means of getting to work and explore self-propelled transit instead, racking up Fitbit steps in the progress.

I’ve been biking and running to work ever since I graduated from college, and along the way I’ve experienced everything these alternate means of transport have to offer.

In my home town of San Francisco I’ve never seen so many people run-commuting as I have in the past few years. Maybe it’s part of a overall spike in running, or maybe it’s a sign of increasing numbers of busy professionals trying to squeeze in their half-marathon and marathon training any way they can into their compressed schedules. Or maybe it’s simply more people seeing more people doing it.

Whatever the reason, run commuting is a great and simple way to log an extra 3, 5, or 10 miles into your day — all the while avoiding waiting, boredom, frustration, and general discomfort of cars, trains and busses. Not to mention helping the environment, and providing yourself with a little headspace to figure out your day en route to the office, or decompress as you head home. read more

Free Run with Dean Karnazes at The North Face on Sept 8

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Join Fitbit ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes as he leads a free training run from The North Face Store in Corte Madera, CA on Monday September 8 at 6pm just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The North Face will host a demo and shoe clinic where you can test out North Face shoes for your run, like the Ultra Protection Series. You can try on some new kicks, test them out on the run alongside Dean, and enter to win pair.

Plus, you can enter to win a free race entry to the Tiburon ½ Marathon & 5K and a Fitbit device.

There’s no need to register for this event, so just come on out and have a great training run with your favorite runner Dean Karnazes!

 

‘Music That Moves’ Musicians use Fitbit to take on Ragnar Relay

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This guest post is from Annie Clements Beaty who plays in the band Sugarland. Annie previously wrote about the #Fitbit2014 Challenge, adding recipes and more.

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As a musician, I’m on the road two-thirds of the calendar year. I’m in a new city all the time, changing time zones, staying up late, eating late, sleeping late, and trying my best to maintain my physical and mental health. Ever since I can remember, my weight has gone up and down, subject to the whims of my will power and whatever fad diet was popular at the time. When I met and married my husband while playing with the band Sugarland, together we rode the roller coaster of touring like crazy, yo-yo dieting and holding on for dear life.

Then he did the unthinkable and became a vegan, trained for an IRONMAN, and lost over 70 pounds. Suddenly, I was no longer the better-looking better half in our marriage. Not cool, man. As I continued to fantasize about swimming in chocolate rivers, drowning my sorrows in pizza and Diet Cokes (“Hi, I’d like a large stuffed-crust pizza. Oh and a Diet Coke, of course.”) my husband swam in actual bodies of water, biked hundreds of miles, and ran marathons. Turns out Thad is the type of person with an never-ending fountain of self-discipline. But I needed extra help.

It was time for me to make a lifestyle change, not some crazy deprivation diet plan that was sure to fail. I needed knowledge and accountability, two things I’ve now got in spades thanks to my handy little Fitbit. At last I had a way to understand how many calories I was burning throughout the day, and I saw real results. Like, fitting-into-the-minidress-I-wore-to-my-Sweet-Sixteen results (Yes, I still have the dress. A super-classy hot pink rayon number from Contempo Casuals. How could I ever bear to part with it?). read more

Explore the Scenic SF Bay at the Fitbit Tiburon 1/2 Marathon & 5K

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Fitbit Tiburon 5K Course Map

Training for the Fitbit Tiburon Half Marathon or 5K? Prepare yourself for some amazing views. Here are the detailed course maps for both the half marathon and 5K, along with a breakdown of each mile of the half marathon to help you get familiar with the course.

Don’t forget you can still register at a discounted rate! read more

5 Beneficial Reasons to Run

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For many people running is the ultimate “zen” activity. People who run often talk about the ways that their minds drift — allowing them to “de-clutter” thoughts while honing in on the things that really matter. Almost every runner will say they “just feel better” after a run compared to how they felt going in, and “sleep like a baby” at night on the days they run. Here are five beneficial reasons why running might help you out.

1. Running boosts thinking skills, reduces stress, and helps you sleep.

When asked in a recent survey about happiness and productivity, only 10% of employees say they do their best thinking while at work — the rest happens when they’re doing something else. Maybe the best way to do “out of the box” thinking is by taking a run outside the office. There could be some science to back this up. Studies show that running helps curb anxiety, enhances “feel good” hormones, and brings oxygen into key areas of the brain for regulating emotions and solving problems.

Comparing the pre-run and post-run scans of runners, neurologists at the University of Bonn, Germany, found increased opiate binding of the happy hormone endorphin in the frontal and limbic regions of the brain, areas known to be involved in processing emotions and stress.

Also, researchers from the University of Illinois found that an improvement of only 5% in cardio-respiratory fitness from running led to an improvement of up to 15% on mental tests (1).  And, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to jog for 20-30 minutes every other day. The time required to fall asleep was reduced by half, and sleep time increased by almost one hour (2).

So next time your stuck on a problem, instead of getting another cup of coffee, try lacing up the kicks and going for a quick jaunt instead. read more