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How to Step Up on Fitbit Goal Day

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Step goal or bust

This Saturday, May 16th, is Fitbit Goal Day, and we’re not just asking you to beat your personal best step day – we’re asking you to crush it. So in between you getting out there and getting in steps however you’ve planned to, here are just a few ways to up your count just a little more.

  1. Park further away. Hopefully you’ll be walking instead of driving as much as possible, but if you do take the car, park further away than you normally would. You’ll be giving yourself some extra steps AND saving yourself the stress of circling the parking lot, trying to find a convenient spot.
  2. Step while doing chores. There are a lot of ways to turn housework into exercise. You can get more steps in by putting laundry or dishes away one at a time, stepping in place while you dust or cook, or simply deciding it’s time to vacuum instead of taking a break.
  3.  Take a longer route to the bathroom. Whether you’re out at the mall or home relaxing after a long day of walking, take a detour during bathroom breaks to add in a few extra steps.
  4. Walk/run in place while watching TV. We all need time to relax, but rather than stay on the couch during TV time, get up this Saturday and walk in place while you catch up on your favorite show. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, run in place during the commercials.
  5. Take the stairs. Rather than wait for an elevator, go and look for the stairs instead. You’ll get more steps while looking for them as well as going up. If no stairs are in sight, you can walk up an escalator instead and get more steps than you otherwise would have.
  6. Pace the room at the end of the day. If you’re close to reaching your goal but not quite there, don’t give up! Get up and start pacing until you have enough steps, and don’t let yourself sit down until you do.

Let us know what your plans are for Saturday – and how many of the above you already do on a regular basis – in the comments!

Fit 30: Try a 30-Minute Workout Today

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Try this 30-minute workout

For today’s #HealthyHabits challenge, we asked everyone to complete a 30-minute workout. What you do for those 30 minutes is entirely up to you, but if you’re struggling to come up with a workout, we’ve got you covered.

Today, we’re recommending you try out the FitStar Strava 26.2 workout. It combines all kinds of different moves that require no fancy equipment, so you can easily complete it at home, and it will take just about 30 minutes to complete. There are a number of FitStar Personal Trainer workouts that clock in around 30 minutes, so if this workout doesn’t sound like it’s for you there are other options for various fitness levels. You can use FitStar Personal Trainer either with their iOS app, or right on your desktop.

By working your way up to longer workouts and trying to complete small things each day, you’ll be working on making these workouts a habit.

Let us know how you did with today’s challenge in the comments!

5 Tips to Creating a Fitness Habit

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How to create a fitness habit

This week’s #HealthyHabits challenge is all about taking small steps to create a fitness habit. But sometimes, the intention to work out doesn’t quite last when you’re trying to wake up early to hit the gym, or do that yoga session after a long day.

So here are our tips on making sure you get in that workout you promised yourself you’d do:

  • Prepare the night before. By laying out or packing up your workout gear the night before, you have everything you need to make it easy to get out the door in the morning.
  • Tell someone you’re working out. Adding a level of accountability can help motivate you to get moving, even if you don’t want to. Who knows, maybe they’ll even want to join you!
  • Keep easy meals on hand. If you’re rushing out the door in the morning, or aren’t looking forward to a lengthy cooking process after working out at night, prepare ahead of time by keeping some easy-to-make meals around for workout days, like smoothies or pre-made dinners.
  • Work out before you sit down. If you prefer working out at the end of the day, make sure you get your exercise in before you start to relax. Heading to the gym on your way home from work or only stopping by home long enough to change into workout gear will help you keep your momentum going.
  • Pay for a fitness class. If you can’t make fitness work on your own, give yourself the incentive of having spent money on it. Having to pay for a fitness class ahead of time may help you get there often enough to kick-start your fitness habit.

 

And as a bonus, here’s Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes’ challenge to help you get out the door:

Sometimes the hardest part about going for a run is just getting out the door. Once you’re out the door and moving everything comes together. Here’s a challenge to automate the process.

Set a stopwatch for a 5-minute countdown. Push start & GO! Your challenge is to get all your running gear on, shoes laced and out the door in a race to beat the clock.

Having a challenge and a tight deadline before you can be tremendously motivating and energizing.

What do you do to get yourself to work out when you don’t want to? Let us know in the comments!

Fit 15: Try this workout today!

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Try this 15-minute workout!

In today’s Fitbit #HealthyHabits challenge, we asked everyone to do a 15-minute workout. If you’ve already set aside time to work out today, you’re already part-way there. But once you’ve made that time and committed yourself to working out, how do you decide what to do?

Many of you probably have a go-to workout, whether you power it out with free weights or have your elliptical routine down. But sometimes it’s fun to try something new. So if you’re looking for a 15-minute workout you can complete from the comfort of your own home, we encourage everyone to try the FitStar Fifteen! This session from FitStar Personal Trainer will walk you through fifteen moves you can complete in fifteen minutes.

By setting aside time to work out throughout the week, you’re well on your way to creating a healthy habit that sticks.

What did you do to complete today’s challenge? Let us know in the comments!

Fitbit Healthy Habits: Week 4

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Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. It can be tempting to try and tackle 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’re challenging each and every reader with bite-sized daily tips in the Fitbit #HealthyHabits challenge!

Fitbit Healthy Habits: Week 4

We’re down to the fourth and final week of our Fitbit #HealthyHabits challenge, and this week we’re all about fitness. You can check out our previous weeks by going to Week 1: Stress, Week 2: Nutrition, or Week 3: Sleep. You can do the challenges in any order you like, and next week we’ll share all four you can print out at once.

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Catch Better Zzz’s by Trying Yoga Before Bed

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Yoga moves to try before bed

There are plenty of ways to wind down after a long day, but some work better than others at actually helping you get quality sleep. In today’s Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge, we’re asking everyone to try doing some yoga moves before bed. But does it really help?

Studies have shown that doing light yoga before bed actually helps with a number of sleep-related problems, from chronic insomnia to simply helping you fall asleep easier. Yoga helps your mind and body relax after the day and relieves some of the built-up stress that may keep you up at night.

Many online videos or DVDs you can buy include routines meant to be done before you head to bed, but here are just a few moves you can try:

  • Savasana: Lay flat on your back with your arms comfortably at your sides, close your eyes, and relax your body. Lay still and focus on your breathing for a few minutes.
  • Knee-to-chest hug: While still laying on your back, bring your knees to your chest and wrap your arms around them. Hold this stretch for about a minute.
  • Child’s pose: Start seated on your knees and bend forward at the waist with your arms stretched out above your head. Relax your upper body in this pose for about a minute, or find a length you’re comfortable with.

You can get started with the above poses, or try out FitStar Yoga‘s premium option to unlock “Before Bedtime”, which is specifically designed to help you get better rest.

What’s your favorite way to wind down at the end of the day? Let us know in the comments!

Find habits that stick with Fitbit Healthy Habits

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Create healthy habits this month

Creating a healthy lifestyle is always worth it, but never easy. Those first few months of getting up early to hit the gym or having to talk yourself up to putting your running shoes on can be a battle of willpower you don’t always win. But after awhile, what was once something you had to force yourself to do becomes second-nature. That’s when you know it has finally become a habit.

When it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle, it can be tempting to try and 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 the Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge!

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6 Tips to Fuel Your Workouts

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Tips on how to fuel your workouts

Exercise and diet go hand in hand when it comes to weight management, whether your goal is to bulk up or slim down. And while that’s largely common knowledge these days, we don’t always think about what we eat around our workouts to help us perform our best. So here are a few tips on how to fuel your workouts to get the most out of them:

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What Jobs Do Active People Have? [Infographic]

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Standing stations, treadmill desks, regular movement and stretching routines… these are quickly becoming commonplace in wellness-focused office spaces. But what about people that work on their feet all day? Are they walking as much as the sitting-cognizant desk worker?

We wanted to get to the bottom of it. So we surveyed Fitbit users who walk an average of at least 10K steps per day to find out which occupations topped the list. Here’s what we found.

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Score Some Steps While Watching Basketball

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It’s tourney time! And rather than cheer for your team over beers and wings, we want to keep you active while you follow your bracket. Instead of staying sitting all tournament long, here’s some quick workouts you can do to score some steps:

Workout while watching basketball