Fitbit: The New Gym

Fitbit: The New Gym

Skip the gym and join a friend's challenge.
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January is the year that most gyms see their memberships skyrocket. Getting in shape, losing weight and fitting back into a favorite pair of jeans from a few years ago are probably the top few goals for most people who set goals. A few weeks into the new year and a vast majority of people stop going to the gym. In fact, going by statistics, 80% of the New Years Resolutions crowd drops off by the second week of February. Meaning only 20% remain, and the rate of sign-ups tapers off by February. I did not partake in joining a gym this year. Instead, I received a Fitbit and have gotten more out of it than I would have with a gym membership.

There are many reasons why I feel like the Fitbit has done more for me than the gym. One of those reasons is that it holds me accountable. I can set certain goals and if I slack off one day, it will literally send a notification to my phone to get moving. It keeps up with all the steps I’ve taken, how many miles I’ve walked, and just how far from my goal I am. So far this year, I have walked over 100,000 steps which roughly equal around 51 one mile, give or take. That only accounts for the days that I have worn it. My husband has seen my frantically run around the house just to reach my daily goal before bed.

Another aspect that Fitbit helps me with that a gym wouldn’t is that I can log my calories on my phone. It holds me accountable for what I eat. Instead of being told by a trainer or gym partner what I can and cannot eat, I can physically see what I can and cannot eat. The Fitbit has a section where you can even scan the barcode on the food you are eating and log it into your daily food intake. From there you can see how many calories you have eaten and how many calories you have burned.

Much like setting a goal for how many steps you take, you can also set a goal for losing weight based off calories. It gives you four goals to choose from. Easier means a -250 calorie deficit . Medium is a -500 calorie deficit. Kinda Hard is the -750 calorie deficit. And Harder is the -1,000 calorie deficit. It is true that you are constantly burning calories, but being able to see the amount of calories burned in a thirty minute walk around your neighborhood will blow your mind. By simply walking three times a week and watching my calories, I have lost 9 pounds in three weeks.

The last aspect, which I absolutely love, is the friends option. You can add your friends who have fitbit, and have a little healthy competition. I participated in my first “Weekend Warrior” challenge this past weekend with a lot of people I don’t personally know, but with a mutual friend of them. It was fun to see all these people, from different parts of the country, walk it out on the weekend! Some of these ladies were in the upper 50,000 steps in two days, where some of us were much lower. When I got close to the person in front me on steps, I would walk back and forth for a few seconds just to beat them. It seems petty, but hey, I placed in the top five.

While it may not give me perfect abs and the ideal beach body that some machines in the gym will, Fitbit has helped me change my everyday life for the better. I am achieving my goals almost every day. In fact, since the first of the year, I have only slacked off two days. I'm eating less calories and burning more. Getting in shape can be as simple as putting a device on your wrist and just becoming aware. It’s a really simple solution to keep people accountable. And I really doubt that I’ll be putting the Fitbit down by the second week of February.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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10 Ways To Keep Your Workout Motivation According To A Personal Trainer

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Keeping your motivation for working out is one of the number one reasons why I think people fail to achieve their fitness goals.

Now I am no "fitness guru" by any means, and I have lost my motivation many times and worked back up.

No one is perfect when it comes to working out, and everyone can have different methods that are successful but from what I have seen, and talking to a few personal trainers, these are some of the best ways to keep your motivation and not lose track of your goals.

If you stick to these 10 ways, you will definitely have a better mindset when it comes to working out, and that will help you push yourself hard because you know that you are capable of much more than you think!

That is the last piece of advice I will leave you with, you are so much more capable of than you think. I recall so many times in the gym, I've thought I was gonna just collapse or crumble cause I was so tired, but time and time again I persevere and finish a set, and see that I can really push myself to the limits, and this is when I've seen the best results.

1. Talk about your goals.

You have to speak your goals into existence. Also speaking about them to others can help hold you accountable and you are working so hard for them, don't give up and let what you accomplished so far go to waste!

2. Get a consistent workout buddy.

This is something that I have found helps me out a lot, my roommate Jordan and I are always checking in on each other to make sure that we've worked out!

3. Want better for yourself, not to impress someone else.

This is also very important, if you have fitness goals solely to impress someone else, you will never be satisfied, or never feel like enough.

4. Want it more than you say.

You really have to want your fitness goals more than you are saying. If you have this goal that is driving you constantly in the back of your mind, your motivation will keep coming from within.

5. Have a scheduled workout plan.

If you have a workout plan that a professional or yourself has constructed, it gives you something to follow and not break. Having a plan for yourself will help keep yourself on track.

6. Take pictures every week!

Seems cheesy, but taking photos of yourself every week can hold you accountable but more importantly, you are able to see results, big or small, if you aren't seeing them in person, you'll be able to tell through the photos.

7. Know what your plan is before you go to the gym.

You should know what your plan is before you go to the gym, try not to just wing it. If you are winging it, who knows if you are really pushing yourself and constantly challenging yourself every gym session.

8. Try your best to maintain a healthy diet during the week.

This can be difficult of course, meal prepping is someting that can always helps! BUT if you don't have time to meal prep, then just go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of healthy snacks to eat throughout the day to keep your motabalism working. Get foods to fuel your body so all your hard workouts don't go to waste!

9. Stick to a plan, it'll be hard at first, but it only gets easier.

Once you get into the swing of things, get into a routine, you'll get used to it. And then you will truly enjoy it, feel great, and have more energy!

10. Surround yourself with others that also have the same goals as you.

As cliche as it is, you do pick up the traits of the people you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with overachievers, hard workers, who have the same fitness goals as you, you'll all work hard together and encourage each other along the way!

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