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50 States, No Excuses: See Which States Are Active All Year Long

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Weather map

At Fitbit we’re all about a little friendly competition, so we were curious to see how the step counts of the 50 states stack up against each other, particularly during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

So we made a map that shows each state’s average step count in both winter and summer. It’s interesting to see who the top steppers are, and how that changes season to season. Here’s what we found:

  • New Yorkers don’t mind a little (or a lot) of snow: they’re the top steppers all year long!
  • California and Hawaii take full advantage of their warm winters by being some of the top steppers for the colder half of the year.
  • Minnesota braves the winter months in spite of sub-freezing temperatures.
  • Arizona takes top honors for consistency. Their summer/winter difference is only 26 steps!

 

If you’re still braving the cold and looking to step it up, check out our cold weather training tips. And let us know how you stay fit when bad weather hits by using the hashtag #NoExcusesFit!

Rocco DiSpirito’s Top Nutrition Tips

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Rocco DiSpirito integrates Fitbit into his new cookbook

We’re just about to wrap up our #CookYourButtOff giveaway, where we’re giving away 25 copies of Rocco DiSpirito’s new book on Twitter! Things are coming to an end tomorrow, but since March is Nutrition Month we managed to ask Rocco for some of his top nutrition tips.

If you aren’t one of the lucky winners of Rocco’s new book, you can also buy a copy now. Every recipe in the book includes a barcode that you can scan with the Fitbit app to automatically add the recipe’s nutritional information to your Fitbit food log. Pretty cool, right?

In the meantime, check out Rocco’s nutrition tips below:

What are your top three nutrition tips?

1. Make eating a conscious process vs an unconscious one. If you are in the habit of craving and indulging, you are an unconscious eater. To eat consciously is like spending money consciously: you evaluate the pros and cons and make a decision that’s good for you vs bad for you. Once you learn the art of impulse control you will begin to make healthier choices.

2. Like that awful boyfriend or girlfriend you finally got rid of after years of tolerating them, toss out all forms of sugar. Disrupt your pantry and throw away anything that is made with added sugar.

3. Give up fast food in a hurry. Choose “better for you” options like cooking for yourself or fresh salad bars so you control what you eat.

What are your favorite healthy things to snack on?

Hazelnuts, dark chocolate, apples, and veggies and hummus!

What are your tips for not overeating?

Eat more food. Eat every three hours. If you eat more frequently you tend to eat less at one sitting. Don’t allow yourself to ever feel hunger.

Rocco DiSpirito Recipe: Soy Spaghetti with Shrimp and Hand-Chopped Pomodoro Sauce

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We’re excited to feature a few recipes from award-winning chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito‘s new book, Cook Your Butt Off!, which includes bar codes for each recipe which can be scanned and automatically added to your Fitbit food log! You can order Rocco DiSpirito’s new book now.

Rocco DiSpirito Spaghetti Recipe

To whip up something delicious, quick, and healthy, try this recipe. I’ve used a very healthy pasta alternative, made from soy, low-calorie boiled shrimp, and red pepper flakes for a metabolism boost. This full-flavored dish will have everyone around the table singing “That’s Amore.”

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Success Story: Kodi S.

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When we hear about Fitbit users who’ve reached their goals, we love to share the news! Today’s success story comes from Kodi S., who surpassed his goals beyond what he even thought possible! You can read previous success stories here

Kodi S

Growing up, I would have never been considered a “natural” athlete, nor an active person. By the age of 26, I had ballooned to over 350 pounds and was at risk for several medical issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. I knew I had to make a dramatic change to save my life.

Upon moving to a walkable city, I ditched my car and began daily walks, which over time grew in distance and intensity. At my heaviest weight, vigorous activity was not an option. I started with reasonable goals, using a basic pedometer, attempting to reach 10,000 steps (or 5 miles daily).

I began walking 3 miles to work daily, and before I knew it, I was approaching 7,000 steps by 9am, motivating me to push harder. Not only was I reducing my carbon footprint, but walking was something I could faithfully commit to.

 The weight began to fall off, but it wasn’t until I discovered my first Fitbit (Ultra) that I truly found lasting success.

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Heart Healthy Shopping Cart

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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.

heart healthy food

February is American Heart Month. Practically daily headlines tell us “a study has found” ________ (insert food) is heart healthy. The most recent example I was asked about was a study on beet juice. While I am not disputing that beet juice can lower blood pressure (in this study with 64 people), no single food is the answer. When clients come in to lower their blood pressure, or have a family history of heart disease, or they simply want their hearts to be healthy, we will discuss multiple foods. Because I only have your attention for a couple of minutes (hopefully) below is my top 10 list for heart healthy foods.

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Rocco DiSpirito Recipe: Chicken with Glazed Eggplant and Cauliflower Rice

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We’re excited to feature a few recipes from award-winning chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito‘s new book, Cook Your Butt Off!, which includes bar codes for each recipe which can be scanned and automatically added to your Fitbit food log! You can order Rocco DiSpirito’s new book now.

Rocco DiSpirito's chicken with glazed eggplant recipe

Skinless chicken has become sort of like cottage cheese, the ubiquitous base upon which many weight-loss diets are built. But it doesn’t register well on the ol’ excitement meter. I mean, how many times have you found yourself craving a naked, unseasoned piece of chicken?

Not me—I’d throw up the white flag and order pizza if the road to lasting weight loss looked like an endless parade of plain chicken breasts.

Take the advice of a guy who has gobbled up his fair share of chicken: Don’t abandon it altogether, but do what you can to break up the monotony. Especially during dieting, it’s important not to get lazy in your chicken prep, and it’s just as important to add some perk to your poultry. That’s why I prefer to use chicken thighs over breasts, like I do in this recipe. Thighs are meatier and more flavorful, but still low in calories.

We did it — 1 Billion Calories and 1.5 Million Meals with FitForFood!

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1 billion active calories burned

On February 3rd, we asked you to help feed people in need with FitForFood. The idea was simple enough: burn calories, give calories.

More than 106,000 people stepped up to the challenge and crushed it. Thanks to you, we were able to reach our goal of burning 1,000,000,000 active calories in less than 16 days! Fitbit will now make a donation to Feeding America resulting in 1.5 million meals for people in need.

We couldn’t be more proud.

How Runway Titan Hilary Rhoda Uses Her Fitbit

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Fitbit Celebrity Challenges: Hilary Rhoda vs Erin Heatherton

This week, we’re watching runway titans Hilary Rhoda and Erin Heatherton face off in an epic Celebrity Challenge – our first in a series of challenges to come! Both models are competing to see who take the most steps in five days, and right now #TeamRhoda is in the lead.

In between her busy schedule, we got to sit down and ask Hilary some questions about how she stays fit and uses her Fitbit. Below is part one of three.

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How Stress Affects the Heart

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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! Our last post in this series featured Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy.

How stress affects the heart

Getting – and staying – healthy takes a combination of good habits, like exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. But what part does stress play in overall health?

We asked board-certified cardiologist Tara Narula, M.D. to share how stress affects the heart:

Stress does a lot of things in the body. It will increase inflammation by increasing cortisol, which does damage over the long term. It releases other hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine, which raise blood pressure. That’s good if you are trying to escape a wild animal, but if you are constantly being fed these hormones through everyday stress (for example, trying to meet deadlines, rushing to make meetings, etc.), it’s causing damage over time to all your blood vessels. That damage increases the risk of plaque buildup or can even cause a rupture of plaque. In some cases, intense stress can cause a heart attack.

Stress is not something we often talk a ton about, but it’s important to maintaining your health. There are ways to turn off a stress response. You can help moderate stress with exercise, yoga, meditation or other relaxation exercises.

If you feel that you should cut down on the stress in your life, try reducing it by getting active outside, going for a run, meditating, even getting more sleep.

Tara Narula, M.D.Board-certified cardiologist Tara Narula, M.D., is a volunteer spokesperson for the American Heart Association, Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Hofstra University NSLIJ School of Medicine and Associate Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital/NSLIJ in Manhattan. She also serves as a medical contributor for “CBS This Morning.”

 

Rocco DiSpirito: Why did I integrate Fitbit into my book?

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Rocco DiSpirito integrates Fitbit into his new cookbook

We’re really excited to be integrated into award-winning chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito’s new book, Cook Your Butt Off! Every recipe in the book includes a barcode you can scan with the Fitbit app to automatically add it to your food log. The book is out today, and you can order it now!

Here’s how Rocco describes the integration in his book:

I love activity trackers, and I wear my Fitbit every day. So do my clients.

Fitbit’s devices track everything from steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes to floors climbed, and sleep quality! And the app just adds to the experience, by letting you record workouts, log calories, see your progress, and more.

For my clients, I use that information to tailor their menus to their individual weight loss goals. For myself, I use it to moderate my steps and calorie burn.

You don’t need an activity tracker to use this book, but since Fitbit has been a great way for my clients and I to stay on track and meet our weight loss goals, I wanted to work with them to get all of the Cook Your Butt Off! recipes in their database of 350,000+ foods.

On each recipe page you’ll find a Fitbit barcode. Simply scan it with the Fitbit app, and the calories and nutritional data will be automatically logged to your private Fitbit account.

And, if you’re using a Fitbit tracker while you cook, you’ll see how many calories you burn as you create each recipe – proving that you’re really cooking your butt off!

We’re so excited to share this book with you that we’re giving away 25 copies! Just tweet @fitbit using the hashtag #CookYourButtOff, letting us know how you keep healthy in your kitchen, to enter. We’ll be choosing winners after March 4th. You can view the contest rules here.