The 12 Days of Fitness
To celebrate December I’ve decided to post the 12 days of fitness here on fitandawesome.com. What is the 12 Days of Fitness you may ask? Well, each day I will post a new fitness tip and fitness-related item for you to check out. My goal is for this information to help you stay motivated through the holidays and maybe think of some unique gifts to give the sporty person in your life.Day 1: Get Moving!
I hear a lot of people say “I will wait until after the holidays to get back to my normal workout routine.” Well, you don’t have to do that! I know we are all crammed for time during the month of December. There are simple steps you can do to get moving. For day one of the 12 Days of Fitness, I will provide you with a few simple tips you can incorporate into your day: hear a lot of people say “I will wait until after the holidays to get back to my normal workout routine.” Well, you don’t have to do that! I know we are all crammed for time during the month of December. There are simple steps you can do to get moving. For day one of the 12 Days of Fitness, I will provide you with a few simple tips you can incorporate into your day:
- Take the Stairs: Wherever you go today, choose to take the stairs over the elevator. If you start huffing and puffing after a few flights, good! Be proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished.
- Walk More: Our society in American (especially here in LA) is all about driving. There are not many places in LA that are walkable. I get it. But today, try this. Instead of driving around the parking lot trying to find the best spot closest to the store door, park as far away as you can. Use that time to take some extra steps. Or, once you get home try and go for a 10 minute walk around your neighborhood. You will be amazed at the different things you notice when just strolling around your own neighborhood by foot.
They say we should strive to take 10,000 steps per day. A mile is equivalent to 2,000 steps which means we should all be walking 5 miles a day. Do you walk 5 miles a day? I’m fairly certain that on most days I probably don’t unless I’m working out. Food for thought.
Today’s Fitness Inspired Holiday Gift: The Fitbit
It’s hard to count your steps. One of the best tools I’ve used to help me lose weight is the Fitbit. I’ve had mine for several years now and it tracks your number of steps, your level of activity throughout the day, and your sleep patterns. You can also input your food into their site and they can take all your information and show you some very interesting data. I am a data and metrics geek so I love stuff like this. Fitbit has evolved over the years and has a newer product (The Fitbit Ultra) and even a wireless scale called the Aria
that measures your weight and body fat and transmits the data wirelessly to your account online and spits it out into a graph. Although in full disclosure, I do have to say that I bought the Aria and returned it because I don’t really think body fat can accurately measured by a scale.
The new Fitbit retails for about $99, but I did find the original version on Fitbit on Amazon for $84
I don’t really know much about the new The New Fitbit One version, but the original is damn good and I still use it to this day. If you don’t want to shell out the money for a pedometer like this, you can get one like this for $6.75.
There are also some slightly nicer ones in the $20-30 pricepoint, like the one here.
Regardless of the gadgets above, the most important thing for you today is to get out and get moving. So go do it! And write me in the comments and let me know how it goes.