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How Runway Titan Hilary Rhoda Uses Her Fitbit

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Fitbit Celebrity Challenges: Hilary Rhoda vs Erin Heatherton

This week, we’re watching runway titans Hilary Rhoda and Erin Heatherton face off in an epic Celebrity Challenge – our first in a series of challenges to come! Both models are competing to see who take the most steps in five days, and right now #TeamRhoda is in the lead.

In between her busy schedule, we got to sit down and ask Hilary some questions about how she stays fit and uses her Fitbit. Below is part one of three.

How does your Fitbit help you stay in shape?

I love being able to see my heart rate when I’m working out. Normally if I feel tired I will stop for a minute, but now if I see my heart rate isn’t high I will say, “Ok, you’re not that tired!” and keep going, and that pushes me to get a better workout.

What do you do throughout the day to get in extra exercise?

I love walking in New York City. I don’t take the subway – I either walk or ride my bike. In the winter it’s too cold to bike, so I get a lot of walking in throughout the day just by running errands or walking to work or the gym. I also definitely take the stairs instead of elevator, and if it’s an escalator, I will walk up those too! Paying attention to posture while you’re walking is also important; I make sure I am keeping my core tight, walking briskly, with my back upright and shoulders back, and I think that helps.

How do you fit in extra exercise throughout the day? Let us know! And don’t forget to follow along with these week’s challenge.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Steps

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Ever wonder what the average Fitbit user’s activity looks like on New Year’s? We took a look at just that!

It tells a fun story, too. We see that the younger crowd is the most active, and well into the morning hours too. There’s also an obvious drop just as the ball is about to drop as people settle down with their champagne. Click on the image to view its full size, and see for yourself!

Steps on New Year's

 

Disclaimer: Fitbit user data was de-identified and aggregated to produce this anonymous data.

Fitbit’s Spring Clean: National Walking Day 2014

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Walk to work

If you’re using a Fitbit tracker, you know exactly how much you walk. But with busy lives and demanding jobs, more and more adults are spending most of their time sedentary. That’s why the American Heart Association declared today as National Walking Day.

The AHA describes National Walking Day as, “Employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk.” Sounds simple, right? Or maybe it doesn’t, between your meetings or errands or busy schedule. But your health should never take second-place to your job.

So today we’re giving you tips to hack your workday, by getting you away from the desk and taking more steps each day.

1. Take a break. Your emails will still be there when you get back. Taking two fifteen-minute breaks throughout your day and using them to take a walk. Not only will you easily get in your recommended 30 minutes of activity, but you’ll pass your friends on the leaderboard who are still at their desks!

2. Turn your meeting into a walking meeting. Unless you’re giving a presentation or need to take notes, there’s no reason to always take your meetings sitting down. With the weather getting nicer, suggest you spend your next one-on-one meeting by enjoying the fresh air and going for a short walk. You’ll both get exercise, and you’ll still be getting work done.

3. Buddy Up. One easy way to make sure you’re actually getting out, rather than getting bogged down with work, is to find a buddy and plan your walking breaks together. Plus, Fitbit users with one or more Fitbit friends tend to be 27% more active anyway, so your work buddy could help boost your overall fitness, even apart!

4. Do things face-to-face. Why send an email when a conversation will work just as well, if not better? In our email-centric offices, it’s easy to forget that sometimes walking over and having a conversation with someone can be much more efficient.

5. Take the longer route. Even on days when you’re too busy to take a real break, we all need some breaks throughout the day. Next time you use the restroom or head to the kitchen, go the long way there, or to one further away than your desk. All those small amounts of extra steps can add up over the course of a day.

6. Use the stairs. If it’s possible to take stairs instead of an elevator, take the stairs every time. Walking up stairs is 10x as efficient as walking on a flat surface when it comes to burning calories, and it’s sometimes even faster than an elevator!

Are you willing to give one – or all – of the above a shot? Let us know in the comments, or on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter!