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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 20: Stretch your hamstrings with these three simple yoga poses.

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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 turned once again to guest-author Jenny Blake for another quick yoga challenge: Stretch your hamstrings with these three simple yoga poses.

Hamstrings. Those big ol’ muscles on the backs of your thighs that practically scream the second you enter your first forward fold in a yoga class. Okay, well at least for me if any of the following are true: I’ve done a vigorous workout the day before involving running or squats, I’ve been sitting for too long, or I’ve abandoned my yoga practice for more than a few days in a row.

Many of us sit all day — from car (or subway) to desk to couch. It’s rare that our hamstrings get much love from our daily routine. So what’s a modern-day man or woman to do?

Answer: YOGA! But you knew that was coming :)

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 20: Stretch your hamstrings

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 14: Go for a run

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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

The half-way mark is right around the corner, and we hope everyone is feeling pumped for summer! Today also happens to be National Running Day, so what better way to celebrate than completing today’s challenge: go for a run.

Sound easy? Good! If not, check out our tips for beginners, lace up your running shoes, and get out there. The hardest part is starting. After our last running challenge, a few of you mentioned not being able to run because of injury, or only being able to run a short amount, and that’s okay too! With every challenge, make sure you’re staying safe and listening to your body. The important part is doing what you can.

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 14: Fuel your run

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Maria Menounos’ Everyday Weight Loss Tips

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We have a special guest blog today from actress and TV personality, Maria Menounos! In her new book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness, out today, she highlights Fitbit as one of her faves! Below is an excerpt from the book.

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MY EVERYGIRL WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY

Steps that helped me drop 40 pounds—and keep them off for good.

 

Set a Deadline
You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight . . . someday.” It’s that kind of loose talk, without a guideline, that discourages you from getting started and undermines success. My goal was to stop overeating, make healthier choices and lose weight slowly over the course of one year. Trying to rush or do crazy crash diets does not give you sustainable results. And I never focused on losing a specific number of pounds. I just knew by the end of a year I wanted to look and feel great, whatever my weight was.

 

Keep It to Yourself
When you tell others you’re trying to lose weight, you’re just putting pressure on yourself. Weight loss is tough enough—why make it any harder?

 

Tie It to an Event
If you have a specific event in mind, it gives you extra motivation. Maybe you want to get in shape for an upcoming class or family reunion. Maybe you’re going on vacation or just want to look good on the beach in the summer. My event was the Miss Massachusetts USA Beauty Pageant. I knew there was a swimsuit portion of the show and if I was going to be in a bathing suit in front of thousands of people, I wanted to be in the best possible shape.

 

Cut Back Slowly
Now that you know what you’re eating, it’s time to deal with some of those problem areas. I used to be able to eat seven slices of pizza in one sitting. I decided to make this one of the first things I cut back on. So instead of seven slices I would eat six. A week later I cut back to five slices. When I was finally down to three slices, I incorporated a healthy salad. By cutting back slowly, it was easier!

 

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 13: Work out at the office

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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

It’s great when we find time to head to the gym or lace up our running shoes. But for a lot of us, we still spend most of the day hunched over at a desk, answering email. So today’s challenge is to target all the desk-jockeys out there: Work out at the office.

Some of you may have no problem doing jumping jacks in your cubicle, but for the rest of you, here’s some easy ways to get in some movement throughout your work day. We also recommend going back to Jenny Blake’s yoga moves you can do at a desk to add some zen to your day!

30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 13: Work out at the office

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30 Days to Summer Fit, Day 7: Start your workout with a sense of intensity

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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 one week in, and we hope you’re feeling great! We’re kicking up the notch today with a one-hour cardio workout from Barry’s Bootcamp trainer TL (Tommy Luke Stracke): Start your workout with a sense of intensity.

Keep reading for tips from TL on how to maximize your workout.

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Break up the cardio part of your workout into three different rounds.  Not only will this get your body warmed up and prevent injury but it will also do something very desirable for most people - BURN FAT!   By getting your body in a fat burning mode right out of the gate during your 60min workout is so important.  After your first round of cardio your heart rate will drop a little bit during your subsequent resistance round, but get ready because it will be going back up again as you finish and head to your next cardio round.

I always use the analogy of a car on a freeway or a car driving around the city streets. When do you burn the most gas? It’s the stop and go especially in San Francisco up those hills. Challenge yourself by implementing my interval system and watch your body change shape.

Day 7: Kick Up Your Cardio

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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 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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12 Healthy Hacks from Fitbit’s Spring Clean

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Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing our own “healthy hacks” from our experts and Fitbit employees to help you jumpstart new spring routines. How much progress have you made in your own spring cleaning? Have you used the change of season as inspiration to make positive changes in your health, activity or general well-being? If so, we want to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below or use #FitbitSpringClean on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Instagram.

And just in case you missed any of our 12 hacks, here they are in one handy place.

 

Fitbit’s Spring Clean: Hack an Efficient Outdoor Workout without Equipment

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It’s time to hang up your winter coat! We’re sharing 12 healthy “hacks” from our experts to help jumpstart new spring routines. SF instructor Erica Stenz from Barry’s Bootcamp is back, this time taking the 30-minute workout routine to the outdoors.

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Planning a solid outdoor workout with cardio and strength training without equipment can be challenging. But before you get discouraged, just follow these simple tips from Barry’s Bootcamp San Francisco fitness industry expert Erica Stenz.

4 Tips for an Effective Outdoor Workout

1. Tabatas, Tabatas, and yes more Tabatas

Can’t say this enough – perform Tabata drills throughout the entire workout. Tabata drills are performed through high-intensity training intervals and alternated with sets of 30-second intervals (one 20-second set and one 10-second set), repeating the 30-second set 4 to 8 times.

To keep the highest level of intensity throughout each set, alternate 20 seconds/10 seconds with 2 different exercises.

Set 1 – 30 Seconds (Repeat 4 to 8 x)

  • 20 seconds:  high knee sprints (standing in one place)
  • 10 seconds:  butt kicks (aka reverse high knees standing in one place) read more