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#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 4: Try a New Recipe Part 2

2014 February 6

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. This is the second post courtesy of Thad Beaty and Annie Clements of the Grammy-winning group Sugarland. See their first post here.

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OK, the kooky musician couple is back with another tip for healthful living; drinking! And no, we’re not talking about beer. The next step we took in our journey towards optimal health was to start drinking half our body weight in ounces in water, everyday. For me, this adds up to about two 32-ounce bottles full of H2O.

By sipping water throughout the day, you tend to eat less, feel satisfied, and will see tremendous improvements in your skin, and even your energy levels! Plus, with all the activity you’re getting during the Fitbit Challenge, you’ve got to keep up with your body’s hydration needs to see the full benefits of your hard work! read more…

Announcing the Tory Burch for Fitbit accessory collection

2014 February 4
by lking

Tory Burch for Fitbit pendant

Fashion Meets Fitness

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Tory Burch to develop a collection of stylish accessories for the Fitbit Flex! This Spring, you’ll be able to purchase pendants, bracelets, and wristbands designed by Tory Burch that will hold the Fitbit Flex tracker, transforming your Flex into a super-chic accessory.

We’ve always said that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to fitness tech, and by fusing fashion with fitness we hope to give you yet another way to get active and stay in style at the same time.

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The Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection will be available in Spring of this year through Fitbit.com and ToryBurch.com, and will be sold separately from the Fitbit Flex.

You can be among the first to know when the Tory Burch accessories become available by signing up here, and stay up to date with all the latest at Fitbit by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 4: Try a New Recipe, Featuring Thad and Annie from Sugarland

2014 February 3

UPDATE: Nice recipes, y’all! This week’s winners of a Fitbit Flex are @hollyblanco on Twitter, Sheree Thornton on Facebook, and industriousj on Instagram. Congrats, guys!

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. This week’s challenge comes courtesy of Thad Beaty and Annie Clements of the Grammy-winning group Sugarland. Thad advocates a healthy lifestyle, having lost more than 70 pounds and recently became an IRONMAN and a mentor for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, while his wife and bass-playing band-member Annie is an impressive cook with a passion for staying healthy while traveling 9 months out the year. Their non-profit Music That Moves encourages the music community to make better lifestyle choices through diet, exercise and volunteer opportunities.

My husband and I were unhealthy. As professional musicians, we spend most of our year traveling the world, backing up artists in packed clubs, theaters and arenas, and come off stage to beer, pizza, and other typical late-night fare. Before we knew it we were both overweight and out of shape. We would try trends like Atkins and other fad diets but with no long-term success. We were fed up.

But thankfully our lives were changed when we discovered a simple solution. We finally realized we had to take small steps — that slowly became permanent lifestyle changes — to see results. By doing so, we have collectively lost nearly 100 pounds, and my husband is now an IRONMAN twice over! We are pleased to share some of what we learned with you as part of the #Fitbit2014 challenge.

With this week’s challenge being “Try a New Recipe,”  we’re starting small. Below are a few recipes that we tried early on to show in our weight-loss plan just to show you how easy it is to fill your plate/day with the raw fruits and veggies you need for optimal health.
Today’s Tip: Eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables at each meal.

The key to long-term success is to not break off more than you can (literally) chew and to make small permanent changes that, over time, add up big! For us, it began by simply having 50% raw fruits and veggies per meal. We can’t tell you enough what incredible changes this first step brought about for us. By following this simple guideline, weight fell off as we “crowded out” room on our plates for unhealthful foods.

Eventually we found we both came to crave things like kale, fresh berries and other power foods that transformed us from the inside out. It was a long, slow process, but one that is now a permanent way of life for us. As a couple, we’ve never had more energy and looked or felt better.

Here are three recipes — breakfast, lunch and dinner — that have worked so well for our family, sticking to the 50% raw rule!

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie

(aka Thad Beaty’s Frog-Swamp Breakfast : A name acquired on the road by people who saw Thad make this drink as it often has a green-ish hue. Don’t be scared, it’s delicious!) read more…

Staying Healthy During the Big Game

2014 January 31
by lking

We all need to kick back and relax sometimes. And if you’re a football fan, we all know where you’ll be come Sunday. But just because there’s a big game on TV isn’t an excuse to set yourself back health-wise.

Earlier we shared out our top picks for healthy snacks to munch on during the game, so that you don’t succumb to 1,200 calories of snacking. Now, we’d like to encourage everyone to get up and move throughout the game! Click through to learn the rules for our Game Day Workout and see how many calories you can burn, or share it out to challenge your friends.

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#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 3: Do Something Nice for Someone, Inspired by Deepak Chopra

2014 January 27

UPDATE: This week’s #Fitbit2014 winners are Jonathan Robinson, malindakay on Instagram and @qbert8008 on Twitter. You each won a Fitbit Aria WI-FI Smart Scale! Make sure to check out the Week 4 challenge: Try a New Recipe.

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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.

Do something nice for someone. Sounds simple, right? But doing nice things makes you feel happy. Studies have shown even the thought of giving activates the part of the brain associated with pleasure. But we can do more than once per day, right? Take the time to do THREE nice things for your friends, family, coworkers or strangers every day this week.

To set you on the right path, here’s some great advice from author and wellness guru Deepak Chopra.

I’m incredibly passionate about giving back to the community and helping improve the world around us. Giving back makes a difference for others and for you. This week, I’m challenging the Fitbit community to do three nice things for someone every day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sign up for The Weightless Project so that your Fitbit calories out help someone suffering from hunger.
  • Let a fellow driver in when you’re stuck in traffic.
  • Buy a co-worker or friend lunch or coffee.
  • Help a stranger with their groceries.

Great, simple advice from Deepak. And as we previously mentioned, giving doesn’t just do good for people around you. Giving makes us – the giver – feel happy. There’s research to back it up, too. Giving to someone we know actually makes us even happier, according to a study in the Journal of Happiness and Development.

New research published in the Journal of Happiness and Development shows that social giving — where you’re giving to a person who you know, or your giving leads to a social connection — seems to foster more emotional benefits than giving without the social aspect.

Specifically, donating money activates the same pleasure center in the brain that fires when you receive or earn money. Do you ever get that great sense of accomplishment or reward when you give the perfect birthday or holiday gift? That’s the idea.

But in reality, it’s not always about money. The little things in life do add up, and those small acts of kindness can make someone’s day.

So let us know how do nice things for someone this week. How many can you do in one day? What do you find affects people positively? Share your results using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram. This week we have 3 Fitbit Aria scales up for grabs!

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

2014 January 13

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.

Android Update: 12 New Android Phones Now Sync With Fitbit Trackers!

2014 January 6
by lking

We’re excited to announce that 12 additional Android devices now sync directly with Fitbit trackers through the Fitbit app! New devices include DROID MINI, DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX, DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR HD MAXX, HTC One, LG G2, Moto X, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.* These devices join the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note II, Note III and Note 10.1, which we’ve supported since early 2013.MotoX phone

With direct syncing to the Fitbit app, you can see real-time activity stats from your Fitbit device. With instant access to up-to-date data on your mobile device, it’s easier than ever to make fitness part of your everyday lifestyle.

Fitbit is dedicated to creating devices that fit seamlessly into your everyday life. With the Android market constantly growing, we know that continuing to support new Android devices is a big part of this. You can see a full list of our supported devices for syncing here.

Download the latest Fitbit app to get started with Android syncing today. The Fitbit app is free and available now in the Google Play store.

* DROID devices are U.S. only; HTC, LG, Moto X and Nexus devices are international. Nexus 7 is the 2013 version.

Introducing Fitbit MobileTrack

2014 January 6

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If you have an iPhone 5s and the latest Fitbit app, you’re ready to experience Fitbit MobileTrack. With just an iPhone 5s, you can now track basic health and fitness activity including steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned.

Here’s how it works. MobileTrack taps into the iPhone 5s M7 coprocessor, letting you track your daily activity and see your fitness trends right on your smartphone: steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. With an iPhone 5s, download the latest version of the free Fitbit app and you’re ready to go!

In addition to basic activity, you can also log food and weight directly on the app, set goals, see progress and use easy-to-read charts and graphs to view activity trends and get more active. You get the same in-app social and motivational features as Fitbit trackers, including friendly competition with friend-to-friend messaging and community leaderboards. And MobileTrack increases the base of current Fitbit users, so you can invite even more friends and family to help reach their health and fitness goals!

With MobileTrack and an iPhone 5s, you get an introductory experience to fitness tracking. Take it to the next level with a Fitbit tracker to get the 24/7 benefits of Fitbit activity and sleep-tracking when your phone is not on you.

The latest Fitbit app with MobileTrack is now available for free download in the App Store, and will be coming soon for use with select Android devices.

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 1: Take 2,000 More Steps Every Day This Week

2014 January 6

UPDATE: Congrats to our week 1 winners: @jweisher on Instagram, Liz Dowiak on Facebook and @ClemmonsSR on Twitter! Week 1 winners scored a Fitbit Zip and a sweet Fitbit t-shirt. Make sure to follow up and get involved with the week 2 challenge!

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

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You know the feeling. Your step goal is in sight. But let’s blast right past that daily goal and up the ante. Here at Fitbit, we’re taking 2,000 more steps every day this week. What are you aiming for? Walk to the store, go an extra mile on the treadmill, or do a couple of Zumba dances each day to rack up some extra steps! Then tell us how you did it using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram and you just might score a New Year’s surprise!

Here are some encouraging walking statistics to get you going:

 

 

Every Bit Gets You Fit: Join the #Fitbit2014 New Year Challenge

2013 December 31

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For a big change in the new year, think small. Resolutions get broken, but daily and weekly habits stick. Make fitness part of your regular routine all year long with Fitbit.

Follow along with #Fitbit2014 to take up challenges, win prizes, and get fun tips for staying fit all year. We’ve got a TON going on over the next six weeks to interact with! Here’s how:

  1. Start by joining our New Year’s Fitbit.com group for an overall steps challenge in January. (TIP: If you don’t want group notification emails, make sure to deselect “Follow All Topics” on the group page. You can also change your group email preferences under the “Notifications” tab in your user profile settings.)
  2. Then, every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge to get your moving. These challenges will feature tips and helpful advice from Fitbit ambassadors to help you stick to the weekly goal.
  3. Finally, each week we’ll be giving away a sweet Fitbit prize. Participate with each weekly challenge and be sure to include the hashtag #Fitbit2014 on on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram, and you just might score a New Year’s surprise!

Here’s a sneak peek at the #Fitbit2014 upcoming weekly challenges:

Week 1, January 6-12: You Take 2,000 More Steps Every Day This Week

Your step goal is in sight. But let’s blast right past that daily goal and up the ante. Here at Fitbit, we’re taking 2,000 more steps every day this week.

Week 2, January 13-26 (extended!): Do a Workout or Event That Scares You

Jumping into a workout or event you’ve never done before can be intimidating, even for one of the fittest men on the planet, ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes. However, overcoming these fears and attempting new challenges can be tremendously rewarding. Dean kicks off #Fitbit2014 with a guide to kicking your workout fears in the new year.

Week 3, January 27 – February 2: Do Something Nice for Someone

Do something nice for someone. Sounds simple, right? But doing nice things makes you feel happy. Studies have shown even the thought of giving activates the part of the brain associated with pleasure. But we can do more than once per day, right? Take the time to do THREE nice things for your friends, family, coworkers or strangers every day this week.

Week 4, February 3 – 9: Try a New Recipe

With this week’s challenge being “Try a New Recipe,”  we’re starting small. Below are a few recipes that we tried early on to show in our weight-loss plan just to show you how easy it is to fill your plate/day with the raw fruits and veggies you need for optimal health.

Week 5, February 10 – 17: Share the Love

It’s the second week of February. And you know what that means. Love is in the air all week, so for this week’s challenge, we’re keeping it dead simple: Share the love this week with a friend or loved one, and get fitter together.

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