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8 Ways to Avoid Common Gym Mistakes with Harley Pasternak

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With the weather cooling down, getting into the gym might be the best way to keep your fitness routine going. But the ins and outs of gym etiquette can be daunting if you’re new. Rather than let any gym anxiety get the best of you, we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for his tips to avoid typical gym mistakes. Here are 8 easy ways to keep your routine going. read more

Stay Active While Keeping Up With Your Favorite Fall Shows

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Fall sometimes means a change to routine; with kids back in school, the weather quickly changing, and the holiday season just around the corner there’s plenty of new things to disrupt our workout schedules. But even with a busier schedule and cooler weather, there are still plenty of ways to keep up with your daily goals.

One way to work fitness into an otherwise-sedentary routine? Work out during your favorite Fall shows! There’s no reason you can’t keep up with your favorite series and get off the couch at the same time. So to help you move more, here are just a few ways work in a little extra exercise in your day.

  • Walk laps during commercials. If you aren’t able to fast-forward through the ads, why stick around to watch? Unless it’s Super Bowl time, you won’t be missing much. So get up and walk laps for the two minutes or so they’re running, and you’ll probably boost your step count by a few hundred at a time! We bet you can reach 1000 before the end of an episode if you do this for every commercial.
  • Finish a 15-minute workout between episodes. Not into commercials, and binge-watching something on Netflix instead? Promise yourself to get up and do a quick workout between episodes. It could be as simple as completing a circuit workout you like, or try something new each time. If you need some suggestions of where to start, there are plenty of workouts we’ve shared that can be easily modified.
  • Create a workout game. Create a game that lets you work out when certain things happen in the show. So every time Prince Charming and Snow kiss you do 10 crunches, or get up for 20 squats whenever they start a new workout on Biggest Loser. Figure something out that will see you sweating by the end of an episode!
  • Switch up sitting/standing between commercials. Sitting for most of the day is bad for your health. Even though it’s tempting to collapse on the couch after a long day, try to minimize how much you’re sitting by standing up every other commercial, and staying standing until the next commercial.
  • Use TV time as a reward for exercise. Sometimes you just need some downtime, and we get that too. But if you want that half hour of uninterrupted couch time, AND want to motivate yourself to exercise more, try using your time with the TV as a reward for working out. So tell yourself you aren’t allowed to watch the latest episode until you complete a workout, and you’ll have a regular workout routine in no time!

If you’re already finding ways to get extra steps at home, let us know in the comments!

How To Nail the Run-Commute

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Commuting. It’s a word very few people get excited about. It conjures up long lines at the bus stop, long traffic jams at toll booths, and long, often sweaty stretches of standing on crowded metro lines or trains.

Yet add the word “bike” or “run” in front of your commute, and notice how possibilities open up. Here’s how to un-tether yourself from traditional means of getting to work and explore self-propelled transit instead, racking up Fitbit steps in the progress.

I’ve been biking and running to work ever since I graduated from college, and along the way I’ve experienced everything these alternate means of transport have to offer.

In my home town of San Francisco I’ve never seen so many people run-commuting as I have in the past few years. Maybe it’s part of a overall spike in running, or maybe it’s a sign of increasing numbers of busy professionals trying to squeeze in their half-marathon and marathon training any way they can into their compressed schedules. Or maybe it’s simply more people seeing more people doing it.

Whatever the reason, run commuting is a great and simple way to log an extra 3, 5, or 10 miles into your day — all the while avoiding waiting, boredom, frustration, and general discomfort of cars, trains and busses. Not to mention helping the environment, and providing yourself with a little headspace to figure out your day en route to the office, or decompress as you head home. read more

Beat the Heat for #FitbitSummer: Expert Tips on Staying Cool During Outdoor Workouts

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In many places across the world, summer is a great excuse to take your exercise routine outdoors and change up that stale gym or treadmill routine. And as we’ve recently explored, working out in the fresh air has a host of healthy benefits.

But peak summer temperatures can get the best of us. So how can you reap the rewards of the great outdoors while keeping yourself safe in the summer sun?

Lauren headshot smallWe asked a one of our favorite experts, Lauren Slayton, Author, RD, and Foodtrainers founder for her personal tips.

 

  1. I don’t know about you, but water fountains suddenly look like Shangri-La during my warm workouts. So while I encourage you to drink up while you exercise, it’s also crucial to pre-drink or imbibe before exercise. Try coconut water (high in potassium) or turmeric elixir (bonus points for salt) before heading out in the heat.
  2. And don’t be shy with salt. I love Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt—both contain essential minerals—but salty foods like olives, pickles and fermented veggies are great this time of year.
  3. Pick the perfect produce like cantaloupe, strawberries, radishes, and celery, as all these have super high water content and will help keep you hydrated.
  4. And remember that alcohol is dehydrating, so limiting consumption will help with hydration.

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All 30 Days to Summer Fit

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30 Days to Summer Fit

Did you get the most out of our 30-day challenge? Hopefully you’re enjoying the early days of summer on the beach, on vacation, or simply basking in the warm sun.

But our summer fit campaign doesn’t simply stop here! We want you to keep the momentum going with by using our 30 days of tips and advice to inspire your summer fitness. So here are all 30 days—simply click on the image to access the interactive calendar. Use these when you’re needing some #Fitspiration!

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 18: Try out a new exercise

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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

Falling into the habit of working out consistently can be a tough nut to crack. What’s the hardest part of working out? Finding the time in the day? Getting out the door? Getting to the gym? Making it a part of your routine? For many of us, the answer is, unfortunately, all of the above.

So, how do we go about tackling these endless hurdles? We can’t make more time in the day (unless you find a time turner – in which case, call us!) and we can’t bring the gym any closer to your house. What we can do is help you find something you actually enjoy doing. The more you dig it, the less it will feel like a chore you have to make time for. It’s pretty amazing how much your calendar opens up for activities you love. So for today, the challenge is simple: Try out a new (hopefully fun!) exercise.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 19

Over the last two weeks we’ve given you samples of all kinds of workouts: simple yoga moves, running, an intense one-hour cardio workout, and more. Today, we’ll delve a bit deeper into the benefits and quirks of various types of workouts. Take a gander at the below, and take your pick. Remember, the goal isn’t to ‘get through’ the workout; it’s to enjoy it. If you start one and it’s not jiving, put it aside and try another. Time to try your darndest, get out there and dabble!

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 17: Try a new sport

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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 love any and all new fitness, running, and workout routines and classes. But sometimes you just want to flat-out compete.

Which brings us to today’s challenge: Try a new sport.

Whether you pick up a basketball or go for a swim is up to you. The important thing is enjoying yourself, and maybe trying something new along the way.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 17: Try a new sport

At Fitbit, we love all sports. So we put together a list of our favorite activities and how many calories you can burn with a quick 30-minute game or session*.

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 16: Complete this 30-minute workout

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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

 

Welcome to the second half of our 30-day challenge! We hope you’re all warmed up, because today’s challenge is designed to make you sweat: Complete this 30-minute workout!

This challenge has the added benefit of needing no equipment! You could do it at the gym, outdoors, or even in your living room. Of course, if this doesn’t already sound like a challenge, grab a set of dumbbells for the standing exercises to kick it up a notch.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 16: Complete this 30-minute workout

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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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Fitbit’s Spring Clean: Reduce Stress by Getting Active Outside

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It’s time to hang up your winter coat! This is the last post in our series of 12 healthy “hacks” from our experts, to help jumpstart new spring routines. Today’s post is our second from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin.

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Forget therapy (OK maybe not) have you heard of ecotherapy?

I always joke that my workouts are medicinal. They help me de-stress. It seems that “mean mommy” makes an appearance on the days when there isn’t time for a run. I had previously chalked this up to the endorphins from exercise, the power of a good sweat and the boost I get from listening to my favorite music. I may have missed that where I do my workout is just as important as whether or not I did it.

There is a burgeoning area of research on “ecotherapy” or the effects time spent outside has on us. A study conducted in the UK compared a group walking in a shopping mall to another group walking in the park. After walking in the park, 90% of participants claimed increased self esteem, 88% improved mood and 71% felt less tense. For comparison, these numbers were under 50% in all criteria for the mall walkers.

Time outside provides an escape from our homes and our desks. It’s a time to reflect and may evoke good memories. Outside time also stimulates our senses with color, sounds and fresh air.

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