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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 6: Use weights heavier than your bag

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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’re nearly one week in to our 30-day challenge; how are you faring? If yesterday’s circuit workout didn’t get you sweating, then maybe today’s challenge will give you that extra burst: Use weights heavier than your bag.

This challenge comes once again from personal trainer Erica Steinz of Barry’s Bootcamp, who writes:

This is something I always tell female clients. If your purse is heavier than 5 lbs, then I know you can lift 5 lbs in my class!

And the same goes for men: whatever you’re used to lifting in your everyday life, use that to gauge which dumbbells to grab. Although if you’re instead going for a barbell, remember that a standard one already weights 45 lbs.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 5: Work up a Sweat in 30 Minutes

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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’re almost one week into our 30-day challenge! Whether you’re killing it each day or are just now getting started, congratulations on committing to a healthier you.

For today’s challenge is focused on making you sweat: complete this 30-minute workout!

You can do it at home or at the gym. If you’re home and don’t have dumbells, try substituting with a full water bottle for some extra resistance. And if you’re having trouble staying motivated, just remind yourself that a 30-minute workout is only 2% of your day.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 4: 5 Simple Yoga Moves You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less

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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 asked guest-author Jenny Blake to share tips on introducing yoga to your life. So today’s challenge is a quick one: Take 5 minutes to do these 5 simple moves.

When it comes to yoga, you’ve heard about the countless benefits: improved circulation, strength and flexibility, reduced stress, improved mood, the list goes on! You’ve seen the droves of Lululemon-wearing, mat-toting women looking fit and radiant. You’re feeling stiff and a bit creaky, and yet something is keeping you from actually taking class (or at least as frequently as you’d like).

You might even be plagued by any of the following excuses:

  • I’m not flexible
  • I don’t have time
  • I have no interest in hippy-dippy granola practices

If that’s the case, have no fear! Today we’re sharing five incredibly simple moves that can be done right from the comfort of your desk, each in 60-seconds or less.

Money-back guarantee: if you try all five and DON’T feel at least a little bit (if not a whole lot) better afterward, you have my permission for a get-out-jail-free card for all future yoga classes.*

*Caveat: I do recommend beginners suffer through stick with at least 5-10 classes before declaring it’s not for them—even the veterans among us feel bored, antsy, annoyed and impatient from time-to-time! Focus on how you feel afterward, and the subtle changes it initiates within your body and mind.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 3: Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Day

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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.

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It’s day three of our summer challenge, and hopefully you’ve tried a few new workouts by now. But today we’re shaking things up with a new type of challenge, one that goes beyond being active: snack healthy.

We’ve written before about how to master your fridge, which is a great start along the healthy-eating path. And if you’ve ever tried tracking your food or searched for healthy recipes on your web browser of choice, there’s a lot out there to help you out. But even the best-laid meal plans can succumb to unhealthy snacking habits. So today, and hopefully moving forward until summer begins, the goal is to check the nutritional info whenever you reach for a snack and try to make the healthiest choice you can.

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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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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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