Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. It can be tempting to try and tackle every every unhealthy thing in your life all at once. But studies have shown that our willpower is finite, so trying to change too many of your habits at once will at the very least make you exhausted, and at most cause you to burn out on staying healthy earlier. So we’d like to challenge each and every reader with bite-sized daily tips in the Fitbit #HealthyHabits challenge!
Week 1 is already over in the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge! If you’re a little behind, don’t sweat it: you can view last week’s challenges here. You can do these challenges in any order you like, or as often as you like: just save or print out the checklist and follow along at your own pace.
Harley Pasternak has been training some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood for years. With the release of his latest book, 5 Pounds, we got the chance to ask him for a few of his top tips for losing weight and staying fit! We were also lucky enough to receive 20 copies of his new book that we’ll be giving away. Read on to learn what you can do to start getting fit today, and how to enter to win your copy!
What are a few things Fitbit users can start doing today to help kickstart their weight loss?
Don’t be afraid to get a little less efficient with your day. Park farther away from the entrance to the grocery store. Take your dog around the block rather than just letting her out in the back yard. Take your groceries inside in three trips instead of one. Shovel your walk instead of using a snowblower.
One thing I like to do is to make plans for walking coffees with my friends. And I have an earpiece for my phone so I can make my phone calls while I’m moving.
When it comes to lunch, it can be all too easy to throw a bag of chips and a PB&J into a bag and call it a day. Or to run next door to grab an 800-calorie sub instead. In the mad dash to get out of the house in the morning, adding one more thing to the routine can seem like too much.
But eating a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be such a chore. Here are just a few nutritious substitutions you can make for a hearty, healthy lunch.
We’re just about to wrap up our #CookYourButtOff giveaway, where we’re giving away 25 copies of Rocco DiSpirito’s new book on Twitter! Things are coming to an end tomorrow, but since March is Nutrition Month we managed to ask Rocco for some of his top nutrition tips.
If you aren’t one of the lucky winners of Rocco’s new book, you can also buy a copy now. Every recipe in the book includes a barcode that you can scan with the Fitbit app to automatically add the recipe’s nutritional information to your Fitbit food log. Pretty cool, right?
In the meantime, check out Rocco’s nutrition tips below:
What are your top three nutrition tips?
1. Make eating a conscious process vs an unconscious one. If you are in the habit of craving and indulging, you are an unconscious eater. To eat consciously is like spending money consciously: you evaluate the pros and cons and make a decision that’s good for you vs bad for you. Once you learn the art of impulse control you will begin to make healthier choices.
2. Like that awful boyfriend or girlfriend you finally got rid of after years of tolerating them, toss out all forms of sugar. Disrupt your pantry and throw away anything that is made with added sugar.
3. Give up fast food in a hurry. Choose “better for you” options like cooking for yourself or fresh salad bars so you control what you eat.
What are your favorite healthy things to snack on?
Hazelnuts, dark chocolate, apples, and veggies and hummus!
What are your tips for not overeating?
Eat more food. Eat every three hours. If you eat more frequently you tend to eat less at one sitting. Don’t allow yourself to ever feel hunger.
Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long!
A lot of times, when it comes to fitness we’re focused on a very narrow view, like the numbers on a scale or the calories in our dinners. But when it comes to heart health, there’s more to it.
We asked board-certified cardiologist Tara Narula, M.D., to share her top recommendations for heart-healthy activities:
In every season, it’s great to work on creating healthy habits that stick! The thing to be careful about with habits, however, is to make sure your new routine doesn’t become boring over time. To help you shake things up and keep things fun, we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for his tips on mixing up your workout:
Who’s ready for the Big Game this weekend? Hopefully by now you’ve picked out your healthy snacks and are ready to go. But rather than spend all day on the couch missing out on all those sweet steps you could be taking, we want you to step it up this year.
We’ve created the below Game Day Hacks to help you stay active while enjoying the game! Click on the image to view it in full-size. And show us how you’re staying fit on game day by using #GameDayFit on Twitter or Instagram!
Whether it’s the World Series for baseball fans, hockey playoffs, or the upcoming football game, I know big games can be exciting. As the mother of two boys I watch it all, but I definitely put more thought into our game day snack spread than any point spread. Priorities… right? Here are some winning (food) plays for game day.
When it comes to healthy eating, there’s a lot of talk around calories. You can track your food through Fitbit.com or with some of our partners and it will tell you how many calories you’re consuming, you can set calorie intake goals, and you can even measure what you’re burning compared to what you eat. But what if we told you that not all calories are equal?
Studies have shown that some foods are absorbed by our bodies differently than others. Nuts, for example, are high in fiber, and your body is actually only absorbing about 3/4th of the calories they contain. Foods high in sugar, like soda or sweets, also negatively impact our health more than lower-sugar foods in the same calorie range.
When choosing what to eat, try to read the whole label to figure out whether it’s good for you or not, rather than just the calories per serving. And here are just a few of our tips on which calories to favor, and which to avoid.