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9 Workout Moves You Can Do In a Hotel Room

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**This month we’re getting #VacationFit. Whether you’re headed to some tropical locale or turning the backyard into your own personal oasis, you’ll find tips and advice to help you reach your health and fitness goals.**

9 workout moves you can do from a hotel room

The easiest way to get fit (and stay that way!) is to use the one piece of equipment that will be with you no matter where you travel: you. With just the resistance of your own body weight, it’s possible to improve your strength, balance, agility, stamina, and more.

The hotel doesn’t have a gym? No worries! Forgot to pack your sneakers? No problem! Accidentally booked a beach vacation during monsoon season? NBD! These 9 moves are excuse-proof, because wherever you go, there you are—literally! Now, get off your tuchus and give ‘em a try.

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3 Baller Moves for Better Agility

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3 Baller Moves for Better Agility

Being a basketball fan is infinitely more fun when the home team makes it to the playoffs—and beyond! (Go Warriors! Woot! Woot!) But before these guys were sweating it out in the finals, they were on the court practicing agility drills to improve their speed, balance, and footwork.

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The Water Bottle Hacks That Will Keep You #VacationFit

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**This month we’re getting #VacationFit. Whether you’re headed to some tropical locale or turning the backyard into your own personal oasis, you’ll find tips and advice to help you reach your health and fitness goals.**

The water bottle hacks that will keep you #vacationfit

When was the last time you thought about packing dumbbells in your carry on? Probably never. I mean, I’m a fitness professional and I don’t always think about bringing my own equipment when I travel. I usually rely on the hotel gym to be adequately stocked, or I plan to check out a local facility. But there have been occasions when I’ve been away from home and wanted a tool or two to help me get my fit on.

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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!

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!

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:

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Best Times to Hit the Gym [Infographic]

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If you’re a member of a gym, you’ve probably noticed an influx of people in January, making it harder to find an available machine or a good period of time to use the squat rack. So we looked to see what the most popular gym times are to help you schedule your workouts! Click on the infographic below to view it full size.

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What Type of Yoga is Right For You?

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As a yoga newbie or even a seasoned yoga veteran, deciphering the studio schedule can be baffling. And that’s often an understatement.

Luckily, there’s a yoga class out there for everyone and every body. Here’s a quick guide (in order from active to mellow) to help you navigate the yoga maze. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different classes to figure out what type of class is best for you. You just might be surprised by what hooks you in.

Ashtanga:  Expect a similar sequence each class with vigorous and gymnastic transitions between poses. The origin of vinyasa/power/flow classes.

Vinyasa/Power/Flow: These terms are used interchangeably for sweaty and faster moving classes. Best for folks already familiar with the basic poses and who are seeking a workout.

Hatha: A garden variety term for yoga. Expect moderate to low intensity. A good class for beginners or folks returning to yoga. Hatha can be a great branching off point to more advanced classes.

Iyengar: Detailed, slow instructions, lots of props (blocks, straps, bolsters, etc.) and plenty of teacher demos. Great for students wanting to master or return to the basics.

Gentle/Therapeutic: Expect a mild and slow class with lots of time on the floor. Great for older, injured, or just plain burnt out students. A solid yoga reset…

Restorative: Wiped out and need a nap? In this class you’ll cuddle up on bolsters and get a serious recharge. And if you think you’re above a restorative class, think again—you’ll be surprised at just how much you need a reset every once in a while.

Prenatal: Great for anyone who is pregnant, prenatal yoga is a great way to prepare for childbirth and may even promote good health for a newborn baby.

Each teacher shares his/her own take on the yoga tradition, so these class descriptions are a general guide. Research teachers by talking to other students, asking the front desk staff, and reading the bios on the studio website. Remember each teacher writes his/her own bio so if a teacher’s language resonates with you, it could be a good fit. Your alchemy with a teacher will matter more than the type of class listed on the schedule. If you find a teacher, a time, and a location that works for you, you’ll soon get hooked!

Sadie Chanlett-Avery is a certified yoga and kettlebell instructor, as well as the in-house yogi at Clif Bar & Company here in the Bay area.

8 Ways to Avoid Common Gym Mistakes with Harley Pasternak

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With the weather cooling down, getting into the gym might be the best way to keep your fitness routine going. But the ins and outs of gym etiquette can be daunting if you’re new. Rather than let any gym anxiety get the best of you, we asked celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for his tips to avoid typical gym mistakes. Here are 8 easy ways to keep your routine going. read more

Your Fitbit 2014 World Cup Workout

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil officially kicks off today with Brazil vs Croatia. And we want you to get in on the action. So here’s your 2014 Fitbit World Cup Workout!

All you have to do is watch a game, pick a winner, and then choose your exercise. Have fun!