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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 2: Take Five

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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

People seem to fall into one of two categories: those who enjoy running, and those who don’t. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to love running to become a runner. Crazy, right?

So today’s challenge is simple: go for a run.

Pro tips for new runners

For some of you, this will be easy. For the rest of you, we turned to Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes for tips on how to get started.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 1: Add strength training to your routine

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We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or by using this calendar.

30 Days to Summer Fit

The countdown is on; summer is only 30 days away! And we’re kicking things off with a simple challenge for today, brought to you by Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp: Add strength training to your workout.

Day 1: Hit the weights

It’s a common fear for women that lifting weights will get you “bulked” up. However, it can actually help burn MORE calories than cardio workouts alone because of the affect called “EPOC” – Excess Post Oxygen Consumption. Due to an increased rate in oxygen consumption during your strength training workout, your body continues to burn calories post-workout for hours.

Whether you’re hitting the gym or doing bicep curls from the couch, do something today to give your muscles a workout. And if you need help adding strength to your existing routine, check out Erica’s 5 tips for an effective workout!

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Recommit to your Goals with 30 Days to Summer Fit

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Summer is fast approaching, which means great weather, vacations, and extra fun. So we’re challenging each and every Fitbit user to recommit to their fitness goals! And to help get things started, we’ll be here every day until summer arrives with a daily challenge. You can follow along here on the blog, or with our calendar.

We’ll have plenty of workouts to try, tips on getting (and staying!) healthy, and more! But before it all begins, here are a few general tips you can start today to help you on your road to a healthier, more active you.

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Get Cooking with Fitbit and IFTTT for a Chance to Win!

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Ever want a little nudge if you haven’t hit your steps goal, like an SMS reminder? Or perhaps you’d like your Fitbit stats logged in a Google spreadsheet?

Well, now you can!

Just activate the Fitbit Channel on IFTTT (If This Then That).

IFTTT is a service that lets you create “if this then that” connections, called “Recipes,” to automate interaction between over one hundred applications, called “Channels,” including Facebook, Twitter, SMS, Box, Gmail and, now Fitbit.

After activating the Fitbit Channel, you can create your own Recipes by setting “Triggers” to initiate “Actions” on other applications.

Here are a couple examples to get you thinking:

IFTTT Recipe: If daily step goal not met by 3 PM, then send me an SMS connects fitbit to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Warn friends if I haven't slept well connects fitbit to twitter

We’re even having Fitbit Recipe sweepstakes!

Here’s how to enter:

Create a Fitbit Recipe, then go here and submit your recipe, we’ll send one random winner a suite of Fitbit products, plus five runners-up will each score one Fitbit Flex!

Don’t have a Fitbit? No sweat, just submit the requested contact details on the link above and click through to enter!

The sweepstakes will run until June 30th, so get cooking!

(No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to US residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. See the official rules here)

 

Food Revolution Day Recipe: Veggie Chili by Jamie Oliver

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This month, we’re featuring recipes and tips from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, a global day of change for kids to learn about food and how to cook from scratch.

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Photo credit: Matt Russell www.foodrevolutionday.com

This is a lovely alternative to traditional chilli con carne. It’s packed with good stuff so is a great choice for veggies and meat eaters alike. I like to serve it with soured cream, guacamole and either rice or tortilla chips, but it’s totally up to you.

When you get the hang of this recipe, keep things interesting by varying the types of beans you use or swapping the chillies for some hotter varieties, if you like.

Serves 4 – 6

What You’ll Need

  • Potato/vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Large saucepan
  • Tin opener
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon

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Food Revolution Day Recipe: Rainbow Salad Wrap by Jamie Oliver

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This month, we’re featuring recipes and tips from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, a global day of change for kids to learn about food and how to cook from scratch.

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Getting the kids to cook with simple, whole ingredients is easier than you think. For example, this Rainbow Salad Warp is colorful, seriously tasty and fun for kids to make.

Feel free to substitute other firm fruit and vegetables that are in season where you live. Or if you’d like, forgo the wrap and eat it as a salad instead!

Serves 6

What You’ll Need

  • Box grater / cheese grater
  • Chopping board
  • Weighing scales
  • Large bowl
  • Optional: Rubber gloves
  • Optional: Knife
  • Empty jam jar with lid
  • Measuring spoons

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Fitbit Mother’s Day: 15 Awesome Things You Got From Mom

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long.

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On Fitbit and MyFitnessPal social networks this week, we asked you what feature or personality trait you happily got from your mother. And, boy, did you have some terrific answers! We expected the typical, “I love that I got my mom’s brown eyes.” But you guys got creative, and dug deep, offering up some super personal, super inspiring statements. We’re sure your mothers are all very proud!

“What trait or feature are you glad you got from your mom?”

1. “I got her muscular calves and I’m learning to love them.” —Amy Sader Brown

2.  “A gritty determination to find solutions to problems; bright eyes are a bonus too. —@Alegrya

3. “My work ethic. She worked hard every day of her life. I miss her dearly.” —Destiny Crane

4. “Motivation, looks, and a good heart.” —@iSurFHi

5. “The ability to stand on my own two feet. No matter what life throws at me!” —Caren Bacon read more

Join Fitbit and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation for “Food Revolution Day”

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Dear Fitbit fans,

We’re really happy to have been given the opportunity to say hello to you guys and tell you a little about our upcoming global day of action, Food Revolution Day, and how Fitbit are supporting.

If you’ve been following Jamie’s work throughout the history of our Food Revolution, you’ll know that teaching kids from an early age how to improve their health – whether that’s through the food they eat, or how active they are – is the first step towards creating healthier habits that stick later in life. We’re big fans of how Fitbit are helping people, and children around the world to become more active and lead healthier lives. It’s a great time to focus energies as we’re heading towards our third global day of action, Food Revolution Day.

Food Revolution Day unifies the work of Jamie’s foundations in the UK, USA and Australia, along with our amazing global communities, to put food education back on everyone’s agendas. It is a global day of change to get kids excited about food, and it’s open to anybody, whether you’re a school, organization or individual. To date, 74 countries have taken part and 1,000 ambassadors are championing our cause worldwide. We’re so happy that Fitbit is spreading the word, getting people involved and delivering such an important message. read more

Avoid a Common Mother’s Day Mistake with These 5 Tips

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long.

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Lauren headshot smallToday’s post is from Lauren Slayton, 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 mastering your fridge and 10 Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Healthy.

Almost daily during nutrition sessions in my office, clients say, “I want my mother to come in for a visit,” or, “My wife needs to see you.” Statements like these make me squirm.

I know all too well from doing this for a very long time (I started Foodtrainers on the verge of motherhood myself, and my “baby” is now 12) that buying someone nutrition sessions or a gym membership doesn’t always work. And yet I totally get that watching a family member ignore their health can be difficult and frustrating.

…buying someone nutrition sessions or a gym membership doesn’t always work.

So how do you avoid the common mistake of buying fitness and health? Here are five easy ways to get the point across and make it stick.

  1. Do it together – Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, playing tennis or enrolling in a healthy cooking class, suggesting to meet for an activity is often better received than “You should do this.” Plus, working out or exercising with a friend or in groups increases its benefit. So do it together!
  2. Mention it and let it go – Yesterday, I received a voicemail from a prospective client saying, “I’ve had your business card for two years.” I loved hearing this as I knew this client waited until the timing seemed right. If you know of a great trainer or yoga instructor, give your mom the contact info. After that zip it! Don’t say another word about it. read more

Fitbit Success Stories: Jennifer L.

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long. Today’s post is a success story from Jennifer L., a 38-year-old Canadian stay-at-home-mom to 2 girls, ages 8 and 11. She lost amazing 92lbs. using Fitbit and MyFitnessPal!

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In August 2012, Jennifer decided to get serious about losing weight. “I was tired of having to wear plus-sized clothes. In my town there aren’t a lot of choices for larger women, so I hated what I looked like in the clothes I had to wear,” says Jennifer. “I didn’t want my children to be embarrassed to have an overweight mum, who wasn’t able to do things with them. My self-esteem was low and I felt invisible.”

She knew she needed a change, so she decided to try MyFitnessPal. “It’s so easy to keep track of what food I eat because of the huge food database & the scanner,” she says. “Before I started losing weight, I wasn’t exercising at all, unless we took the family to a zoo or something. I was eating WAY too many calories—a lot of sweets including chocolate, pastries, ice cream—and not enough real food. MFP helped me watch my food and nutrition, because it showed me which macro levels and micronutrients to focus on. The forums were also very helpful whenever I had a question. In the end, the content of my diet hasn’t changed too drastically. I go by IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), so I don’t discount anything from my diet.”

“As of March 30, 2014, I lost 75lbs. It’s so hard to believe…”

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