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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 21: Try interval training on your run

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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 are only ten days left of our 30-day summer countdown! How many of you have hit every day so far?

Today we have another fun challenge to make you sweat: Try interval training on your run!

Interval training is a training method that mixes up low- and high-intensity exercise. It’s a great way to shake up your routine, so if you tend to get bored on your runs, this may be a great alternative for you! Some even say it burns more calories.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 21: Try interval training on your next run

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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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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 18: Try out a new exercise

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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

Falling into the habit of working out consistently can be a tough nut to crack. What’s the hardest part of working out? Finding the time in the day? Getting out the door? Getting to the gym? Making it a part of your routine? For many of us, the answer is, unfortunately, all of the above.

So, how do we go about tackling these endless hurdles? We can’t make more time in the day (unless you find a time turner – in which case, call us!) and we can’t bring the gym any closer to your house. What we can do is help you find something you actually enjoy doing. The more you dig it, the less it will feel like a chore you have to make time for. It’s pretty amazing how much your calendar opens up for activities you love. So for today, the challenge is simple: Try out a new (hopefully fun!) exercise.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19

Over the last two weeks we’ve given you samples of all kinds of workouts: simple yoga moves, running, an intense one-hour cardio workout, and more. Today, we’ll delve a bit deeper into the benefits and quirks of various types of workouts. Take a gander at the below, and take your pick. Remember, the goal isn’t to ‘get through’ the workout; it’s to enjoy it. If you start one and it’s not jiving, put it aside and try another. Time to try your darndest, get out there and dabble!

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 17: Try a new sport

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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 love any and all new fitness, running, and workout routines and classes. But sometimes you just want to flat-out compete.

Which brings us to today’s challenge: Try a new sport.

Whether you pick up a basketball or go for a swim is up to you. The important thing is enjoying yourself, and maybe trying something new along the way.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 17: Try a new sport

At Fitbit, we love all sports. So we put together a list of our favorite activities and how many calories you can burn with a quick 30-minute game or session*.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 16: Complete this 30-minute workout

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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

 

Welcome to the second half of our 30-day challenge! We hope you’re all warmed up, because today’s challenge is designed to make you sweat: Complete this 30-minute workout!

This challenge has the added benefit of needing no equipment! You could do it at the gym, outdoors, or even in your living room. Of course, if this doesn’t already sound like a challenge, grab a set of dumbbells for the standing exercises to kick it up a notch.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 16: Complete this 30-minute workout

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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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David Sedaris x Fitbit: “I’m completely obsessed. It’s like a sickness; I’ve been Fitbit-ten…”

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The talented and hilarious author David Sedaris just released his latest book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” a collection of narrative essays. And he’s currently on a nationwide tour spreading the humor about his Fitbit obsession.

Apparently, David’s obsessed with his Fitbit. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with metro:

This year, I got a Fitbit. You walk 10,000 steps and it sends you an email saying, “That’s great! A lot of people don’t walk that far. Do you think you can walk 5,000 more steps?” And so I say, “I bet I can!” A week ago, I walked 60,000 steps. That’s 25.5 miles. I’m completely obsessed. It’s like a sickness; I’ve been Fitbit-ten. It will be the summer of the Fitbit because it can’t go on. It just can’t.

Now that’s obsession! We love you, David.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 14: Go for a run

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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

The half-way mark is right around the corner, and we hope everyone is feeling pumped for summer! Today also happens to be National Running Day, so what better way to celebrate than completing today’s challenge: go for a run.

Sound easy? Good! If not, check out our tips for beginners, lace up your running shoes, and get out there. The hardest part is starting. After our last running challenge, a few of you mentioned not being able to run because of injury, or only being able to run a short amount, and that’s okay too! With every challenge, make sure you’re staying safe and listening to your body. The important part is doing what you can.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 14: Fuel your run

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