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Extreme User Story: How many steps does it take to get to the Kona IRONMAN?


We’re constantly amazed by what Fitbit users can accomplish with their trackers. In our Extreme User series, we’ll be highlighting people who went above and beyond their usual goals to accomplish something great. You can read our last extreme user story here

Nicole finishes her first Ironman

Hi, I’m Nicole S. A wife, mother and IRONMAN. I spent months training for the IRONMAN World Championships at Kona this past October, my very first Ironman event. I raced in honor of my late father and was the official IRONMAN athlete of the Melanoma Research Foundation, taking on some seriously huge fundraising commitments to combat this seriously deadly cancer.

I’ve now resurfaced, recovered from the most excruciating physical challenge I’ve ever put myself through, thanked everyone and their mom (thanks mom!) for their support emotionally and financially, and have just now sat down to scroll through my Fitbit archives for a literal walk down memory lane.

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Fitbit Healthy Habits: Week 2


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!

Healthy Habits Week 2: Nutrition

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.

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App Update: Use Facebook to Find Fitbit Friends


Use Facebook Friend Finder on Fitbit


Now finding your friends on Fitbit is even easier! With the latest Fitbit app update, you can see which of your Facebook friends use Fitbit and add them to your Fitbit friend list right through the app.

Find your friends on Fitbit with Facebook Friend FinderMore friends means more motivation – compete with coworkers on the leaderboard, get your family moving with a Fitbit Challenge, and cheer on your BFFs when they reach their step goals. You can even see and share badges with your friends in the app. It’s no wonder Fitbit users with friends take 27% more steps!

Accessing your Facebook list is fast and easy. To get started, simply tap the ‘Friends’ tab in the Fitbit app and press the “+” in the top right corner. Then choose ‘Connect Facebook’ to view your Facebook contacts and add new friends. You can still add friends through your smartphone contact list or by email as well.

Make sure your app has the latest updates to get started today!

Keep Calm and Just Breathe


How to practice equal breathing to reduce stress

For many of us, stress is a daily part of life. While we sometimes can’t cut out the source of the stress, we can work on controlling it and calming ourselves down. And one of the simplest ways to do so is also something you’re doing right now: breathing.

Breathing exercises have been credited with all kinds of health benefits, from changing blood pressure to influencing asthma. While the full benefits haven’t been studied at length in a clinical setting, breathing exercises have been practiced for centuries. And today’s Health Habits challenge is to try out one of the simplest forms: equal breathing.

Getting started is so simple you can try it right now as you read this article, or try it later as you try to fall asleep or are on your commute. Start by taking a slow, deep breath, and slowly count to four as you do. When your lungs are full, breathe out just as slowly, also while counting to four. The aim is to take slow, measured breaths where you’re breathing in for the same length of time as you’re breathing out.

If four seconds seems too long (or too short!), you can adjust the time to whatever you’re comfortable with.

So tell us: did you try equal breathing while reading the article? How did it make you feel?

Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak: 5 High-Sugar Foods to Avoid


Harley Pasternak's 5 Foods High in Sugar

We’ve written before about avoiding sugar in your diet. But sometimes sugar can be found in the most unlikely of places. That’s why we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to share his top five list of foods surprisingly high in sugar:

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Bike Tracking Now Available on Fitbit Surge!


Track your bike rides with Fitbit Surge

You asked for it, and we’re excited to announce that you can now track your outdoor bike rides with Fitbit Surge – the #1 Amazon best seller in running GPS units! If you’re looking to better understand your bike rides, the GPS tracking, PurePulse heart rate technology and advanced sensors in Surge now allow you to view your distance, duration, heart rate, average speed, and calories burned in real time, right on your wrist. As with other activities you track with Surge, your rides will also automatically sync back to your account so you can view your route, speed and a summary of your stats on your dashboard.

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Find Your Zen With These 7 Meditation Tips


7 Tips for Meditation

We’ve just kicked off our Fitbit Healthy Habits series, and we’re excited for what the month will bring! To help out everyone hoping to get started with today’s challenge, meditate for 10 minutes, here are some tips to help you conquer day one.

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Find habits that stick with Fitbit Healthy Habits


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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10 Ways to Tell Your Snacks Who’s Boss


Today’s guest post comes from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and creator of the Foodtrainers blog.

10 tips on healthy snacking

When it comes to snacking, I can’t tell you how often I have heard from clients:

Everything is fine until late afternoon or I’m a different person after dinner.

At these times of day nutrition knowledge is irrelevant. Willpower is not enough; you need to have a plan in place. Planning supersedes willpower. Once you conquer your trouble spot (not talking thighs or abs), real progress will be yours.

Here are my top 10 tips to becoming a smart snacker:

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Drink Up! 7 Fit Tips on Staying Hydrated


Ways to stay hydrated

It’s no secret these days that staying hydrated is an important part of your overall health, but there are loads of health benefits that aren’t as well known. Hydration can give your metabolism a boost, lubricate your joints, control your body’s temperature, and even help with digestion.

Regardless of your hydration goals, here are some tips and guidelines to keep in mind if you’re thinking about increasing your H2O intake:

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