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#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 6: Try a New Exercise with Harley Pasternak

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UPDATE: The #Fitbit2014 Challenge has officially come to a close. This week’s winners are Brian Griffin, @AmySader and James Carter.

But even though the official challenge is over, we’ll continue to host expert tips and advice throughout 2014, so stay tuned for good stuff all year long. The group challenge will keep on going every month, so join in!

Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions. This week’s challenge arrives from renowned personal trainer Harley Pasternak.

There’s a seemingly endless amount of ways to work out, yet we all fall victim to routines. It happens. We hit the gym and do our regular weight, cardio, and/or movement circuits. And while routines can be a good thing, our bodies and muscles—just like everything else in our lives—crave change.

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Let’s break the mold and try something new this week. We brought celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak on-board to share a few of his favorite moves. We’re calling them, “Harley Pasternak’s Moves of the Week!”

So start small. Add one new move to your next workout. Even adding one new exercise will activate new muscle groups and spice up a stale routine. Plus, change can help trigger excitement and motivation, which leads to even better effects from your workout.

So get inspired by Harley’s first move: The Sumo Squat.

What new move are you adding to your workout this week? We’ll be back with more Harley moves this week.

Remember, small steps can equal big change and while it’s our final week of the #Fitbit2014 challenge, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep the momentum going! We’ll continue to offer training and health advice throughout the year, featuring expert tips from Fitbit athletes, trainers and ambassadors along the way. Stay up to date with the Fitbit Blog for the latest.

Don’t forget to share your results using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram. For the final week, we have 3 Fitbit products up for grabs.

 

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 5: Share the Love

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UPDATE: This week’s Share the Love winners are Nicky Everette, @doyle_mitch and Michele Chavez Goodman. Congrats, guys!

Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.

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It’s the second week of February. And you know what that means. Love is in the air all week, so for this week’s challenge, we’re keeping it dead simple:

Share the love this week with a friend or loved one, and get fitter together.

Exercise is so much more fun when you can share it with someone you know or love, and we all know that working out in groups can be a huge motivator. How many times have you gone to the gym solo, wishing you had someone there with you to push you to the next level? Or how often are you too busy to make your regular yoga or spin class, only to fall victim to an evening treadmill run? It’s frustrating. We know.

But it’s actually been researched: group exercise is a motivator. A study proved that people tend to exercise more when it feels social, being more inclined to join an exercise class if it’s a group one. And furthermore, a group environment helps encourages increased physical effort and spurs positive competition.

With a friend or significant other, that fun, competitive aspect can be eye-opening.

You know the drill! Share your results using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram. Three winners will receive Fitbit products!

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 4: Try a New Recipe Part 2

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Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions. This is the second post courtesy of Thad Beaty and Annie Clements of the Grammy-winning group Sugarland. See their first post here.

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OK, the kooky musician couple is back with another tip for healthful living; drinking! And no, we’re not talking about beer. The next step we took in our journey towards optimal health was to start drinking half our body weight in ounces in water, everyday. For me, this adds up to about two 32-ounce bottles full of H2O.

By sipping water throughout the day, you tend to eat less, feel satisfied, and will see tremendous improvements in your skin, and even your energy levels! Plus, with all the activity you’re getting during the Fitbit Challenge, you’ve got to keep up with your body’s hydration needs to see the full benefits of your hard work! read more

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 4: Try a New Recipe, Featuring Thad and Annie from Sugarland

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UPDATE: Nice recipes, y’all! This week’s winners of a Fitbit Flex are @hollyblanco on Twitter, Sheree Thornton on Facebook, and industriousj on Instagram. Congrats, guys!

Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions. This week’s challenge comes courtesy of Thad Beaty and Annie Clements of the Grammy-winning group Sugarland. Thad advocates a healthy lifestyle, having lost more than 70 pounds and recently became an IRONMAN and a mentor for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, while his wife and bass-playing band-member Annie is an impressive cook with a passion for staying healthy while traveling 9 months out the year. Their non-profit Music That Moves encourages the music community to make better lifestyle choices through diet, exercise and volunteer opportunities.

My husband and I were unhealthy. As professional musicians, we spend most of our year traveling the world, backing up artists in packed clubs, theaters and arenas, and come off stage to beer, pizza, and other typical late-night fare. Before we knew it we were both overweight and out of shape. We would try trends like Atkins and other fad diets but with no long-term success. We were fed up.

But thankfully our lives were changed when we discovered a simple solution. We finally realized we had to take small steps — that slowly became permanent lifestyle changes — to see results. By doing so, we have collectively lost nearly 100 pounds, and my husband is now an IRONMAN twice over! We are pleased to share some of what we learned with you as part of the #Fitbit2014 challenge.

With this week’s challenge being “Try a New Recipe,”  we’re starting small. Below are a few recipes that we tried early on to show in our weight-loss plan just to show you how easy it is to fill your plate/day with the raw fruits and veggies you need for optimal health.
Today’s Tip: Eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables at each meal.

The key to long-term success is to not break off more than you can (literally) chew and to make small permanent changes that, over time, add up big! For us, it began by simply having 50% raw fruits and veggies per meal. We can’t tell you enough what incredible changes this first step brought about for us. By following this simple guideline, weight fell off as we “crowded out” room on our plates for unhealthful foods.

Eventually we found we both came to crave things like kale, fresh berries and other power foods that transformed us from the inside out. It was a long, slow process, but one that is now a permanent way of life for us. As a couple, we’ve never had more energy and looked or felt better.

Here are three recipes — breakfast, lunch and dinner — that have worked so well for our family, sticking to the 50% raw rule!

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie

(aka Thad Beaty’s Frog-Swamp Breakfast : A name acquired on the road by people who saw Thad make this drink as it often has a green-ish hue. Don’t be scared, it’s delicious!) read more

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 3: Do Something Nice for Someone, Inspired by Deepak Chopra

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UPDATE: This week’s #Fitbit2014 winners are Jonathan Robinson, malindakay on Instagram and @qbert8008 on Twitter. You each won a Fitbit Aria WI-FI Smart Scale! Make sure to check out the Week 4 challenge: Try a New Recipe.

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Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.

Do something nice for someone. Sounds simple, right? But doing nice things makes you feel happy. Studies have shown even the thought of giving activates the part of the brain associated with pleasure. But we can do more than once per day, right? Take the time to do THREE nice things for your friends, family, coworkers or strangers every day this week.

To set you on the right path, here’s some great advice from author and wellness guru Deepak Chopra.

I’m incredibly passionate about giving back to the community and helping improve the world around us. Giving back makes a difference for others and for you. This week, I’m challenging the Fitbit community to do three nice things for someone every day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Sign up for The Weightless Project so that your Fitbit calories out help someone suffering from hunger.
  • Let a fellow driver in when you’re stuck in traffic.
  • Buy a co-worker or friend lunch or coffee.
  • Help a stranger with their groceries.

Great, simple advice from Deepak. And as we previously mentioned, giving doesn’t just do good for people around you. Giving makes us – the giver – feel happy. There’s research to back it up, too. Giving to someone we know actually makes us even happier, according to a study in the Journal of Happiness and Development.

New research published in the Journal of Happiness and Development shows that social giving — where you’re giving to a person who you know, or your giving leads to a social connection — seems to foster more emotional benefits than giving without the social aspect.

Specifically, donating money activates the same pleasure center in the brain that fires when you receive or earn money. Do you ever get that great sense of accomplishment or reward when you give the perfect birthday or holiday gift? That’s the idea.

But in reality, it’s not always about money. The little things in life do add up, and those small acts of kindness can make someone’s day.

So let us know how do nice things for someone this week. How many can you do in one day? What do you find affects people positively? Share your results using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram. This week we have 3 Fitbit Aria scales up for grabs!

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 2: Do a Workout or Event that Scares You

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UPDATE: This week’s winners are Elyse Hahn, Reanna McKinzie, and @whirlsy on Twitter. You’ve each scored a Fitbit One and Fitbit t-shirt! Want to get involved? Here’s week 3’s challenge.

Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get your thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.

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Screen Shot 2013-12-20 at 10.12.02 AMThis week’s challenge comes directly from Fitbit ambassador Dean Karnazes. TIME magazine named Dean as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.”  Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NYC bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.

Jumping into a workout you’ve never done before can be intimidating, even for me. However, overcoming these fears and attempting new challenges can be tremendously rewarding.

Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back. I say, “Celebrate failure, welcome it, and learn from it.” My failures have provided much richer lessons than my successes. Unless you’re willing to fail, you’ll never know how far you can go. So I say bring it!

Here’s a simple plan to follow when launching into a new challenge:

  1. Get the Right Gear – Gear is essential, so do some legwork, figuratively and literally. Investing in a good pair of shoes is the perfect place to start. Having the right pair of shoes will make your activity more pleasant, and you’ll feel plenty guilty if you don’t stay motivated after spending all that time and money on a good pair of workout shoes. Remember, every foot is different – some people have flat feet, some over-pronate, some run on the balls of their feet, etc. So it’s important to get the shoe that fits your foot to avoid injury. The right shoe is the right shoe for you, so get fitted at a running specialty store by a knowledgeable staff member. They’ll watch how you run and walk to make sure the shoe fits you properly and compliments your individual gait. After that, it’s all about preparation, both mentally and physically. Your will to train has got to be as strong as your will to succeed (or else you won’t). It may be tempting to follow the path of least resistance or to look for shortcuts along the way, but I think we all realize that nothing worthwhile in life comes easily. The more lofty the goal, the more dedication, commitment and resolve it will take to accomplish it. And I encourage you to reach for the stars! Here are some additional tips that can help you prevail.
  2. Eat Right: Food and Hydration – Nutrition can make you or break you. My advice on nutrition and hydration is: “Listen to everyone, follow no one.” We are all an experiment of one, and what works for me may not work for you. Try different food and hydration combinations while training so you can learn what foods and beverages seem to work the best. The idea is to find the right formula and stick to it on race day. The amount of food, water and electrolyte replacement you’ll need depends on what activity you’re doing and for how long. While there are some useful guidelines out there to help plan your food and hydration levels, try to listen to your body first. Follow the suggestions loosely, but tune in to the needs and nuances of your body foremost.
  3. Sign Up for a Class/Event – Whether it be CrossFit, Couch to 5K, Bikram yoga, or your first half or full marathon, making a commitment is what matters. Many events require early registration; so the sooner you can set your goal, the better. Plus, when you make a plan and plunk down money to participate, you feel empowered. A deadline’s looming in the future and there’s no turning back!
  4. Set a Training Schedule – Setting a training schedule is one thing; sticking to it is an altogether different proposition (arguably more difficult that the actual event itself!). The routine of building up your strength and stamina can sometimes feel like a drag. Try to project how much better you will feel after completing your workout. Let those feelings of accomplishment and empowerment propel you to get going. A couple of tips: if you like music, play the music you love while changing into your workout gear to help keep you motivated, sign up with a training group, or arrange a group of friends and coworkers yourself if that format works better. Make training and physical activity part of your everyday lifestyle. Use your Fitbit to track your progress daily and try to one-up yourself. Everybody loves a challenge, and there’s no better adversary than yourself.
  5. Take Time to Reflect and Evaluate– In assessing your experience, are you satisfied? Did you live up to your expectations? We are our own harshest critics, and making time for self-reflection and post-workout analysis is a very useful exercise. Could you have done better? If so, how? Rank your performance on a scale of 1 to 10. Then, set a future goal and look to surpass your last. Make it challenging, though fun, and never stop exploring!

So how are you kicking off 2014 with a new workout, race or event? Tell us how you did it using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram. We’ll be giving away a prize each week, chosen from people participating using the hashtag. So get going! Up for grabs this week are three Fitbit One trackers and Fitbit t-shirts. Good luck.

#Fitbit2014 Challenge – Week 1: Take 2,000 More Steps Every Day This Week

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UPDATE: Congrats to our week 1 winners: @jweisher on Instagram, Liz Dowiak on Facebook and @ClemmonsSR on Twitter! Week 1 winners scored a Fitbit Zip and a sweet Fitbit t-shirt. Make sure to follow up and get involved with the week 2 challenge!

Every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge for #Fitbit2014 to get you thinking more simple habits and less big resolutions.

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You know the feeling. Your step goal is in sight. But let’s blast right past that daily goal and up the ante. Here at Fitbit, we’re taking 2,000 more steps every day this week. What are you aiming for? Walk to the store, go an extra mile on the treadmill, or do a couple of Zumba dances each day to rack up some extra steps! Then tell us how you did it using #Fitbit2014 on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram and you just might score a New Year’s surprise!

Here are some encouraging walking statistics to get you going:

 

 

Every Bit Gets You Fit: Join the #Fitbit2014 New Year Challenge

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For a big change in the new year, think small. Resolutions get broken, but daily and weekly habits stick. Make fitness part of your regular routine all year long with Fitbit.

Follow along with #Fitbit2014 to take up challenges, win prizes, and get fun tips for staying fit all year. We’ve got a TON going on over the next six weeks to interact with! Here’s how:

  1. Start by joining our New Year’s Fitbit.com group for an overall steps challenge in January. (TIP: If you don’t want group notification emails, make sure to deselect “Follow All Topics” on the group page. You can also change your group email preferences under the “Notifications” tab in your user profile settings.)
  2. Then, every Monday for six weeks starting January 6, we’ll launch a new weekly challenge to get your moving. These challenges will feature tips and helpful advice from Fitbit ambassadors to help you stick to the weekly goal.
  3. Finally, each week we’ll be giving away a sweet Fitbit prize. Participate with each weekly challenge and be sure to include the hashtag #Fitbit2014 on on Facebook, Twitter,  Google+, and/or Instagram, and you just might score a New Year’s surprise!

Here’s a sneak peek at the #Fitbit2014 upcoming weekly challenges:

Week 1, January 6-12: You Take 2,000 More Steps Every Day This Week

Your step goal is in sight. But let’s blast right past that daily goal and up the ante. Here at Fitbit, we’re taking 2,000 more steps every day this week.

Week 2, January 13-26 (extended!): Do a Workout or Event That Scares You

Jumping into a workout or event you’ve never done before can be intimidating, even for one of the fittest men on the planet, ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes. However, overcoming these fears and attempting new challenges can be tremendously rewarding. Dean kicks off #Fitbit2014 with a guide to kicking your workout fears in the new year.

Week 3, January 27 – February 2: Do Something Nice for Someone

Do something nice for someone. Sounds simple, right? But doing nice things makes you feel happy. Studies have shown even the thought of giving activates the part of the brain associated with pleasure. But we can do more than once per day, right? Take the time to do THREE nice things for your friends, family, coworkers or strangers every day this week.

Week 4, February 3 – 9: Try a New Recipe

With this week’s challenge being “Try a New Recipe,”  we’re starting small. Below are a few recipes that we tried early on to show in our weight-loss plan just to show you how easy it is to fill your plate/day with the raw fruits and veggies you need for optimal health.

Week 5, February 10 – 17: Share the Love

It’s the second week of February. And you know what that means. Love is in the air all week, so for this week’s challenge, we’re keeping it dead simple: Share the love this week with a friend or loved one, and get fitter together.

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