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Thanks for Stepping Up on Fitbit Goal Day!

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Congrats to everyone who stepped up for Fitbit Goal Day! It was our first-ever Goal Day celebration, and we couldn’t be more proud of how everyone did.

Check out the infographic to see how much we accomplished last Saturday:  read more

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. read more

Good News for Strava Athletes & Fitbit Lovers

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You can now connect your Fitbit account to Strava!

Strava and Fitbit are excited to be partnering to make it even easier for our members to track all day activity, track exercise and maximize workouts. You can now connect your Fitbit account with Strava, which means your workouts logged in Fitbit will automatically sync to Strava, and your Strava workouts will sync to Fitbit!

You can use Strava for the times when you’re pushing hard cycling or running, and Fitbit for all-day health and fitness tracking and stats, for insights into your overall health.

If you’re a Fitbit Surge user, heart rate and GPS-based exercise data, including routes, distance, elevation and pace, will sync to Strava – whether you track a run or use our new biking feature! MobileRun users with any Fitbit device will also be able to view their GPS data in Strava.

You can find more ways to gauge progress and achieve your goals by tracking your workouts with Fitbit and using Strava’s performance analytics tools, while competing with a global community of athletes including professionals, friends, teammates and clubs for added daily motivation and inspiration.

Get started today by connecting your accounts, then get moving to view your exercise in either app! The Strava app is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play.

 

Join Us for Fitbit Goal Day!

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Join us on Saturday, May 16th for Fitbit Goal Day!

With 365 days in the year, you have to wonder which ones end up being the most active. Last year, our highest daily step count per person* came on the third Saturday of May. And since Fitbit is all about setting goals, we’ve got a new one for 2015: to blow our previous record out of the water.

So, on Saturday, May 16, we’re introducing the first-ever Fitbit Goal Day, and challenging each and every Fitbit user to beat their best step day. Whether you walk 7,000 steps or 30,000, we want to see you go the distance and help us make this year the highest average step day in Fitbit history.

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All Four Weeks of Fitbit Healthy Habits

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Find all 4 weeks of Fitbit Healthy Habits

Over the past four weeks, we’ve been asking you to make small changes every day in order to build up healthy habits over time. We don’t have any new Fitbit Healthy Habits challenges for you, but we hope that some of the small changes you’ve been making lead you to continue living a healthier life.

If you missed any weeks – or want to start the whole thing over – you can find all four of the checklists here. Print them out or save them to your phone or computer to keep things going! Or pick and choose the habits you most want to work on and create your own checklists. You can also find the individual four weeks here:

The key to creating sustainable habits is to not take on too much at once, so by breaking things down into small, healthy decisions you can make every day, you’ll be working towards a healthier lifestyle over time.

Which healthy habits will you be keeping up in the months to come? Let us know 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!

User Story: Nickie S.

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We love hearing from our community members who have found success working towards their goals. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we’ll be featuring stories from mothers balancing a healthy lifestyle with being a busy mom. Today’s story comes from Nickie S., who’s a mother of two boys and uses a Surge. You can send us your Fitbit story by going here.

Nickie S.

What is the greatest impact Fitbit has had on your life as a mother?

I work full time while juggling being a mum of 2 active boys (10 and 8yrs) and training for and competing in triathlons. My Fitbit really gives me a great picture of my activity throughout the week. I am always amazed how sedentary I could be during the week when at work. I could go from 20,000 steps a day on a Saturday or Sunday to only 5,000 steps on a weekday (outside of training).

It also really helps me monitor my energy and quality of sleep. It fascinates me how my resting heart rate is higher following intense exercise, but also following a restless sleep. Knowing this helps me to pace myself in how much I take on throughout the week. My fitbit gives me a better picture of my overall health and fitness.

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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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