More than 1.4 billion dollars have been invested in fitness wearables since 2009. It’s become a huge and growing trend for individuals, as well as companies hoping to promote greater wellness in the workplace. For example, to promote wellness, Ikea gave all 14,000 of its U.S. employees, from executives to part-time cashiers, an UP fitness wristband from Jawbone. And while the corporate market is huge, the biggest market is still individuals who are on the lookout for the wearable that best suits their individual tastes, budget, needs and preferences.
Looking to find the perfect fitness tracker to track your steps, routes, swim laps, sleep, and so much more? Better yet, ready to stay on track with your fitness goals while you travel? Here are some of the most popular, the most accurate, the most techy, and the most futuristic devices for tracking your fitness.
We’ll start with Fitbit, because in all of the research I’ve done, the Fitbit tends to rate very well. From least to most expensive, here are a few options to consider, with prices included: Continue reading “Tracking Your Fitness – At Home or When You Travel”
If you find that you have a boring fitness routine, here’s how you can easily change things up – and get noticeable results!
Your Boring Running Routine
If your running has become routine and boring – try changing the route you take. Something as simple as a change of scenery can be so inspiring! Throw in some sprints, run with a fitness friend or even use different music from your playlists for different days of the week. It’s all about keeping it interesting, and with just a few changes, your workout can be a lot more fun and motivating.
The Chip Clip Trick
You can even change up the experience by taking your running routine indoors. Use the time to watch your favorite shows or movies – even read using the “chip clip trick.” To use the chip clip trick, just put your book or magazine on the reading rack of your cardio machine (you can also get Lucite reading racks that fit right over the front of your machine). Next, put a chip clip (you know, those big plastic clips made for keeping chip bags closed, or binder clips that you can find in an office supply store) on the left and right pages of your book. Continue reading “How to Change Up Your Boring Fitness Routine, Get Noticeable Results”
Have a desk job and want to get swimsuit ready? Here are some great ways to be active in the workplace.
1. Push your chair aside! As I’m writing this now, my computer is propped on top of a box on my desk to give it extra height. There’s no chair and I’m standing and moving while I type!
2. To take that same idea a step further, invest in a mini stepper or treadmill desk so you’re actually stepping while you type. You’ll be moving so much more than you realize.
3. Commit to using a rebounder (mini trampoline) whenever you’re at your desk and need to do things that don’t require you to speak or write (for example, I bounce while watching educational videos).
4. Wear a pedometer, Nike Fuel Band, FitBit, etc. and commit to increasing your steps each day.
5. No interoffice emailing – walk your message over.
6. Set an alarm on your computer to go off every hour for a stretch and movement break. Continue reading “Moving More in the Workplace”
Do you find it very difficult to fit exercise into your busy schedule? As moms, we often put our needs “on the back burner,” placing everyone else’s needs above our own. Of course we want to care for our families, but it doesn’t have to be at the sake of our own self-care. If time is the reason why you haven’t been getting your workout in, I have great news. High intensity interval training will help you reach your fitness goals, maintaining and improving your own health in a fraction of the time you may have been spending during those long, boring cardio sessions.
A lack of results from your fitness routine can also be a frustrating reason why you’re not committed to a regular workout. Maybe you’re trying to shed some extra baby weight, gain strength, tone or endurance. High-intensity interval training is your answer. Spending hours at the gym or on an uninspiring cardio machine is simply not necessary and for many of us, often impossible while caring for a family.
So what is high intensity interval training?
HIIT is a workout routine that combines periods of less-intense activity with intense bursts of activity lasting 30-60 seconds. This switch-up makes your body work harder and burn calories faster than at a constant pace. These maximum capacity intervals also provide many health benefits. Continue reading “High Intensity Interval Training Part 1: A Huge Fitness Hit for Busy Moms”