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Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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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!

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A lot of times, when it comes to fitness we’re focused on a very narrow view, like the numbers on a scale or the calories in our dinners. But when it comes to heart health, there’s more to it.

We asked board-certified cardiologist Tara Narula, M.D., to share her top recommendations for heart-healthy activities:

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Rocco DiSpirito’s Three Tips for a Healthy Kitchen

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Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpiritoWe’re excited to have award-winning chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito back for another Fitbit blog! Rocco is well-known for his work with shows like Extreme Weight Loss, The Biggest Loser, and Restaurant Divided.

Rocco has made it his life’s work to prove that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. To that end, he created an innovative fresh food delivery service called The Delicious Life sought after by celebrities, fans and foodies alike.

Here’s Rocco’s tips on how to keep healthy in the kitchen.

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Harley Pasternak’s Tips for Mixing Up Your Fitness Routine

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In every season, it’s great to work on creating healthy habits that stick! The thing to be careful about with habits, however, is to make sure your new routine doesn’t become boring over time. To help you shake things up and keep things fun, we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for his tips on mixing up your workout:

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FitForFood starts today! Make your calories count for good

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Joel McHale

Starting today, every calorie you burn by being active can count toward meals for people in need!

All you have to do to get started is sign up for FitForFood. After that, the more you burn, the more you give. It’s that simple.

Our goal is 1 billion calories. And when we reach it, we’ll help provide 1.5 million meals to Americans who struggle with hunger with the help of our partner Feeding Americathe nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and people like you.

You can also learn more by checking out this video, where comedian and actor Joel McHale explains.

What are you waiting for? Let’s do this thing. Sign up here.

Heart-Racing Moments from the Big Game

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After another exciting season of football, we thought of exploring how watching the games affects our users. While exploring how many steps users were losing during football games (turns out it was 1700 steps per game!) we found characteristic patterns of cities watching football games. We could see dips in steps as the games came on,  briefly rise and fall during halftime, and rapidly shoot back up as the game ended. This led us to wonder what this would look like for the biggest game of the year.

While tracking heart rate throughout the day using anonymized data from each city, we could see heart rates going up for exciting moments during the game! The largest peak for the exciting game ending equates to a rise of about 10 BPM on average for both cities. We also noticed that the overall heart rate for both cities was up by about 3 BPM compared to a non-football Sunday, showing that the excitement was actually felt all throughout the game – although the second half was decidedly more exciting than the first, since that average heart rate bumped up by about 6 BPM for that period.

Click on the image below to view it in full size!

Big Game Activity

Robert is a Data Scientist on the Research and Development team at Fitbit. His favorite football team is the 49ers. 

How Watching Football Affects Your Step Count [Infographic]

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We’re ramping up for the Big Game tomorrow, but have any of you noticed your step counts going down on Game Day? We did.

We learned that the average football fan loses 1,700 steps when they sit down to watch the game, which over the course of the season adds up to over 27,000 steps! We all need our leisure time, but if you want to stay on top of the sport while keeping your step count up, we have some Game Day Hacks for you.

Click on the image below to view the full graphic.

Big Game infographic

Stay Fit During the Big Game With These Healthy Hacks

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Who’s ready for the Big Game this weekend? Hopefully by now you’ve picked out your healthy snacks and are ready to go. But rather than spend all day on the couch missing out on all those sweet steps you could be taking, we want you to step it up this year.

We’ve created the below Game Day Hacks to help you stay active while enjoying the game! Click on the image to view it in full-size. And show us how you’re staying fit on game day by using #GameDayFit on Twitter or Instagram!

Big Game Fitness Hacks

Big Game Snack Strategy 

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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.

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Whether it’s the World Series for baseball fans, hockey playoffs, or the upcoming football game, I know big games can be exciting. As the mother of two boys I watch it all, but I definitely put more thought into our game day snack spread than any point spread. Priorities… right? Here are some winning (food) plays for game day.

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Get fit & do good with FitForFood. Joel McHale’s in. Are you?

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Joel McHale participates in FitForFood

If you’re like us, as soon as the ball dropped on New Year’s, your visions of sugarplums turned into visions of you achieving every fitness goal you’ve ever had—you’re crossing finish lines, looking dynamite in a swimsuit, setting a new personal record, getting off the couch 3x a week. You’re motivated, energized, and looking 2015 square in the eyes.

And then BOOM! January is almost over and it appears those resolutions were no match for Father Time. You were doing so well and now you’re doing so­-so. Well guess what, America? We’ve got just the thing to help you get back on track.

Starting February 3rd, every calorie you burn by being active will count toward meals for people in need. Burn calories, give calories. It’s that simple.

It’s a cause we’re calling FitForFood.

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Best Times to Hit the Gym [Infographic]

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If you’re a member of a gym, you’ve probably noticed an influx of people in January, making it harder to find an available machine or a good period of time to use the squat rack. So we looked to see what the most popular gym times are to help you schedule your workouts! Click on the infographic below to view it full size.

Gym times infographic