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

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.

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  • Just got the fitbit it’s pretty cool, had two ideas immediately when I started playing around with it. One, add a program to it to wake u at the peak of your sleep cycle ( check out sleep cycle app. For better explanation) . Two, get a heart rate Monitor to sync with fitbit. Alright I’m going to keep playin later!!

  • Week 2 – added new dimension to my fitness. I tried a Body Pump and a Beginning Zumba class. I had never done them before and hadn’t done any type class for probably 18 years. Both of these classes are challenging to me but fun too. The instructors are good and encouraging too. My fitbit zip recorded green activity for the hour I was in the Zumba class. That is very encouraging! I am going to class with friends and committed to these two classes each week. Another friend encouraged us to join her in the Power Pump class. We said we would give it a try in March after we get a little better at the two classes we are taking now. Can’t wait to see next week’s challenge.

  • I tried swimming this week after not having been in a lap pool for 6 years. It was so hard! I can run half marathons but swimming two consecutive laps was extremely difficult. I swam for 30 minutes and then took water aerobics twice this week and loved it. I’ll be back at it to cross train some more next week!

  • What’s Week 3??? It starts tomorrow and we don’t know what the challenge is??? Unless I’m missing the post somewhere – but I’ve looked where the first two weeks were…

  • My #Fitbit2014 challenge is that I am training to run my first 5k. I have walked one before but have never ran the whole thing. This is a huge challenge for me! I will be doing the Run or Dye in June 2014!

  • I hope this helps me get back on track, I sure hope so, been sick for the holidays and quit all activity, scary to get to it again.

  • I already have backache and now I am trying to get a little bit fitter and
    healthier with my Fitbit. I hope that it helpse to get less backache.

  • Love my Fitbit Zip and intend to try one of the workouts I’ve pinned on Pinterest. I’m not gonna lie, they all scare me! If it goes beyond walking, it scares me right now. I really need to get back to swimming laps, and that will mean I need a waterproof Fitbit to be able to track that activity (because I always forget to go enter extra activity on my log).

  • I have recently gotten back into Yoga, and I have started a regimen of squats and elliptical time. I have also started my diet of two protein smoothies a day!

  • My #Fitbit2014 challenge is to lose 15-20 lbs before my wedding in Oct. I’m doing P90X and T25. It’s been pretty rough, but I’m surprised at how well I’m doing so far! :)

  • I’m multiplying the effects. I’m a teacher and when I wear my fitbit flex to school the students want to walk so we can see how many steps we’ve taken. I’ve even used it for math problems.

  • I plan to wake up an hour early each week day to run for an hour before work. No excuses about being too tired at the end of the day!

  • #fitbit2014 I became a zumba instructor on January 18. I plan on teaching at least a class a week and being a sub. Unfortunately the fitbit flex I got as a gift last year stopped charging and since it was a gift. No receipt. So now I’m without a fitbit. I really want a new one because my students love coming up and asking how many calories or steps did we accomplish with a class. I know I see a few of my students with them now. I am disappointed that fitbit can’t see when I started my account in July to establish when I bought my fitbit. I’m really disappointed but I’m hoping I win…

  • I will be starting a cleanse on Saturday that has me freaked out. I am giving up coffee, sugar, gluten, and animal products. Basically if it doesn’t grow between the cracks in my driveway I can’t have it. I’m terrified. I’m such an addict when it comes to caffeine, crappy food, and my nightly chocolate. I told my aunt I would do it with her. I’ve never done something like this before. But she said it would help to cut the addiction to such foods and jump start us on eating healthy. I’m trying to be supportive, I hope I can do it! I’m going to be a hot mess the first few days, wish me luck. (May not sound daring to y’all but for me this is asking a lot. )

  • Got my Fitbit in November and has been great. Two simple goals: loose 20 lbs (from 167 to 147) and loose fat% (from 26% to 10%). I want to reach my 40th birthday and 5th anniversary in good shape! It implied not only intensified my routine of exercises but also control my net caloric intake. So far very happy: weight 153 lbs (target to be accomplished mid Feb), and 19% fat … on the latter still way to go. I hired a trainer for 2-3 days per week, attend bodycombat/kickboxing classes 4-5 times per week, run 30-60 min 4-5 times per week and try to end each day with ~1000 calories below my budget. Using Lose It! helps a lot. It has been a challenge (“no pain no gain”) but I feel much better @ work, @ home and outside. Fitbit has made a big difference for me!

  • I have been sick with the flu for 4 weeks. I am starting today with a fitness scedule with a goal of adding 2000 steps a day. I am diabetic and need to walk to live.

  • I started the Mossa fight workout on the xbox 1. I love that a gaming system is trying to get people active with free workouts. I am loving it so far. Last year I walked my first ever 1/2 marathon. This year I plan to run/ jog/ walk the half :)

  • I started working with a personal trainer and joined a master’s swimming group. In two weeks I’ll swim in my first-ever competitive swim meet.

  • I’m not real big on exercise but having the fitbit on makes me do a little more each day just so I don’t see the numbers going down. Hope to get the newer model force this year because the clasp on mine keeps opening up no matter what I try. I’m taping it on now so it doesn’t get lost. Great aid to stay in shape though.

  • I registered for a quarter marathon in May as a solid goal to work towards… If all goes well, I’m aiming for a Tough Mudder next!

  • I love my fitbit, it motivates me to move each day!! I would love to win a new one for my brother, his finally bit the dust after successfully helping him to lose over 100 pounds, just my walking, over the last couple of years!
    My scary workout has been running hills in our neighborhood, I’m slowly getting better at it!

  • I’m going to my first Barre Class! I’m very excited but hear it is intense. I love my fitbit flex and I can’t wait to see what awesome products I can use to get healthy and fit this year. It’s like an addiction to try to get to that 10,000 mark everyday!! Thank You!

  • I am trying a bootcamp and love it. I had knee replacement last year and didn’t think I could do a lot of strenuous exercises, this really pushed me and I was able to do a lot more than I thought I could. My only problem is my fitbit will not stay on, It has fallen off several times and I have to retract my steps to find, very frustrating….

  • I’m all geared up and ready to start working out again after an injury kept me back a bit. 3 days cardio and 2 days strength training! Right now my goal is 7000 steps a day. Zumba, walking, jogging, and weights get ready for me and my fitbit!

  • I am doing a variety of “challenges” this year. So far I’ve followed a 28 day Xtreme workout challenge, right now I’m in the middle of a 30 day HIIT challenge. Starting Feb. 15th I’ll be doing another HIIT challenge which is TBD, but I’m STOKED to get to it!

  • I signed up for a three month challenge at work which requires check in with a health coach every few weeks. She was not impressed when I said I wanted to try a fitbit, but it spurs me on every day and I love it!

  • Went running outside in the freezing cold and the sidewalks were super icy! I despise the cold so it was a huge challenge!

  • My son is getting married in August so I’m in Mother of the Groom mindset right now! I’ve been walking on my ellipitical at home! At work, we are doing aerobics (Rockin’ Body) 2 times per week! It’s been 2 weeks and I’m already feeling so much better!

  • My 2014 Fitbit challenge is to be able to run 5 km. I have never been a runner, or into fitness. However since having a baby and gaining substantial weight I have been extremely motivated. I was told by doctors I was not allowed to run, although with determination I can run. Each week I run I little further. My Fitbit has been an enormous motivation! I think without it I wouldn’t we working as hard as I am.

  • I have been using the Zip for awhile now and Love it and find myself being very competitive with my friends on here. This week I started a Leslie Sansone ” Walk it off in 30 days”. There are two different workouts one being the Burn and the other the Firm. The Firm uses weights and I have never used them so just a bit intimated with them. Just might take me awhile to get the hang of it!

  • After our house was broken into before Christmas, both myself and my wife have set the goal for #fitbit2014 of getting back into the Michelle bridges challenge, both exercise and food….

  • I’m trying to get into a sleeping and working out cycle. Not getting enough rest so that makes workouts harder. I need a fitbit to see how much I’m really sleeping.

  • I’m trying to get into a workout routine with at-home exercises first — from Just Dance for Kinect to Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Hopefully, once the wintry weather subsides, I’ll be ready to head to the gym or try outdoor activities.

  • The fit bit has helped encourage me in my training. I started an outdoor get fit program in April 2013 since I got the fit it it helps me track and be aware of what I’m eating and drinking, the exercise I’m doing and setting the goals encourages you to do your best!
    It’s great!
    Sandra.

  • I am training for a sprint triathalon! It is on my 26th birthday this year and I can’t think of something better to do on my birthday but prove to myself that all this work has been worth it!

  • We did a Ragnar relay in Toronto last year. This year we are doing the relay in cape cod, with 6 people instead of 12. Going ultra!! A fit it would really help with my training!

  • Walking without brace (after ACL/PCL replacement surgery.
    Feels good to go beyond the regular 10,000 steps.
    Working my way back and up!!!!!

  • I just finished a 35 minute cycle and a full hour of circuit training in the gym, and my activities show up as NADA.
    Can this Flex not be set up to recognize anything other than steps

  • I love my fitbit zip… i purchased a fitbit one for a gift & had to return it so i got an aria… love the aria! It is really making me consider my food choices more carefully and the zip tells me if i am moving enough!

  • Signed up to do a Dirty Girl mud run in June with a few friends. Ran in my first ColorRun earlier this year what a blast. Can’t wait to do another. I’m excited for the mud run should be interesting. Hubby got me my fit bit for Christmas and I love it.

  • Tried fitbit flex. Then tried nike fuelband, and then came BACK to the fitbit flex! Love the sleekness if it, interchangeable bands, and sleep tracking of the Fitbit. For 2014 I’m doing a lot more walking (especially with my husband who has a Fitbit Force) and weekly yoga. Thanks for the motivation boost Fitbit! ??

  • I’m going to do my first 1/2 marathon this year! Come on Fit bit keep me motivated and I will do my best! Never ran before until I turned 49 years old and decided to get fit… I use my fit bit everyday to count my steps and I lost 50 pounds, now I’m 52 and have done numerous 5k races and some 10k races now I’m up for a challenge! Let’s do it! #Fitbit2014*Getfit2014

  • I’m in my 60’s & loving my fit bit it keeps me activ & motivated
    Do not like the fact that my fit bit band has split after six months. Would like a replacement band

  • #fitbit2014 I turned 40 last month, so this needs to be the year that I lose weight & get fit! I walked two 5Ks last year, so my goal this year is to add two more!

  • I have been steadily increasing my elevation climb on hikes. While the slow increase isn’t super scary some of the narrow trails can be! The Fitbit helps me track the elevation (and mileage) of course. Love love love my Fitbit!

  • I am an avid tennis player, usually playing a minimum of three times a week. This year I am going to run a 5K with a very close friend. I have never been able to finish without walking, so this will definitely be a big challenge for me…wish me luck!

  • I’m training for my first marathon. I’m taking my first run class to keep me motivated and on target. Making sure what I eat is “fuel” and trying out the gear/supplements I will be using May 4th!

  • After 5 years of ‘recovering from having a child’, I decided it’s time to stop loafing and get moving again. I’m doing one personal training session a week, one class a week and really making an effort to get my 10,000 + steps a day. Many days I beat it, but I can do more. The Flex is helping me keep track of my food and activity. I’m already feeling more energetic.

  • My #Fitbit2014 challenge is I was picked from the lottery to run the Nike Women’s half marathon in Washington D.C. On April 27th!! So excited for this event in our Nations Capitol! 94 days of training to the big day woot!

  • My fitbit challenge #Fitbit2014 is to execute my daily plan and meet my goals for 7 days in a row. Consistency is hard for me, but I’m determined and the fitbit helps!

  • My #Fitbit2014 challenge is to lose 20 more pounds! I am down 60 already since June 2013 and my fitbit has definitely been a major part in my weight loss goal. It helps me realize how much taking a few extra steps at work or in the gym can really do for me! I will also be running in The Color Run this July!

  • I tried a Kangoo class! I have mobility issues in my left leg making running impossible for me. I saw info. On Kangoo and thought it looked like a lot if fun, but was so scared that I would really hurt myself! Can’t tell you how nervous I was! Well I loved it! I didn’t fall. It definitely had its challenges, but I’m hooked! I bought a fitbit before going and it showed I burned well over 1,000 calories.

  • Leann- totally know where your coming from. I signed up to do a Sprint triathlon and it was tough getting into the pool. Running is easy, laps were hard.

  • Lovin’ my new Fitbit. Increases the level of activity awareness in such a positive way. My new challenge is to add a cross-fit routine to my existing 2 mile daily run. At a young “57” years old, this is a challenge!

  • Getting older, need to keep the hereditary diseases like diabetes at bay. I remembered my grandfather (he lived to be 98) walked several miles per day, just cause. If he could, I can.

  • Did my first 5k.. With Color! Loved it and definitely exceeded my goal. I’m looking into running other 5k’s this year. Never thought I loved running!

  • #Fitbit2014 challenge: I am training to run my first 5k. I am going to do the Electric Run on June 20th. It’s at night in the dark, so if I fall on my face, no one will know it was me. : /

  • After many mornings of just walking around the neighborhood, I tried out a nearby walking trail & kept my pace at a consistent 16 minute mile-no pausing, no slowing down. A little breathless but it felt great.

  • I’m into my 9th week with Fit bit. Started doing 15000 steps daily and now I’m doing well over 20000 each day. I’m also on an eating plan and have lost 10kg. I love it motivates me so much.
    I do exercise classes twice a week and try and mix it up with cardio. Kick boxing, abbs etc. I also go walking 5 – 7 kms on days I can’t make it to class. I’ve had a few days where the weather has kept me indoor so I’ve found other ways to increase my steps while doing house work. When ironing I put the basket in the other room. If I walk up the stairs I have to do it three times and it’s amazing how many steps you can do while marching on the spot while cooking dinner.
    Thanks you fitbit for helping me know my steps, this motivates me and has helped with my weight loss. I was unwell, almost diabetic and pre-menopausal plus a shoulder injury. Since my weight loss my blood tests have come back 100% ok plus no pain in my shoulder. I’m currently at a very healthy weight and counting my steps daily with fitbit is helping me stay on track.

  • Just started back using my FitBit. I’va always enjoyed using it but dropped off due to the allergic reactions I had to my HBP medications with fatigue in my upper buttocks region. Current meds seem to be better and I’m walking 3+ miles a day. Where do I sign up for these challenges and how exactly do I place the posts on Facebook or Instagram. I have posted my daily stas on FB to my friends/followersin this format — this is yesterday’s post: “FitBit Stats: 4.62 mile walk this morning at pace of 17:88/mi (Total walking time 75 minutes). Weight loss since Thu 6/29: -10 lbs”. What do I need to do.

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