21 Day Fix Results

I know I’m a bit late on posting my results, school has gotten the best of me this summer, but here it is, My 21 Day Fix results!!! From yelling at Autumn for her dang bonus rounds in her workouts, to creating new recipes in the kitchen and making time to plan Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 1.07.33 PMout my meals each week, it was EXTREMELY worth it and I am going to be doing many more cycles of the 21 day fix because I absolutely loved my results. Whats the verdict??!! I lost a total of 3.5 pounds in 3 weeks, while this may seem little, my body feels as if it did a 360 and is changing its composition for the better. I’m feeling leaner, stronger and healthier after the last month of spring semester at school and way too many treats each week (and day).

What did I think was the most difficult part? It was probably my sweet tooth because I would have a couple chocolate hershey kisses every other night after dinner if I had my Shakeology for breakfast. I also had a few nights where I would go out to dinner for a date with my boyfriend or a family dinner where I indulged on extra Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 5.10.09 PMcarbs. However, the 21 day fix helped me stay on track with my portions at restaurants because it had a guide that allowed for exchanging containers for pasta or pizza or chocolate to match up with so I knew what to mark off each time I went out.There were two times I went out for ice cream so that would have been a “treat meal” but only happened once a week and I would be extremely good during the week. I think that my results could have been even better if I stayed 100% on track, but again- life happens and I am not perfect. I am very satisfied with what I did achieve staying 95% on track and will be looking forward to my results the next cycle.

What was my favorite part of the 21 Day Fix? Absolutely, no doubt about it–>the Meal Plan. I thought I would be extremely hungry and wouldn’t have enough food (because I eat a lot), but the 21 Day Fix allowed Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 1.30.08 PMme to have tons of snacks– fruit, protein bars, SHAKEOLOGY!!, popcorn, almonds, string cheese, and so much more. The containers seemed small at first, but then when I put my food in there, the portions were actually pretty big on my plate! AND, I was able to make my favorite foods AND EAT CARBS. Unlike some diets, the 21 day fix makes sure you get all the macronutrients in the right portions in designed to create a leaner and stronger you in the process. I don’t weigh my foods anymore, meal prep is so easy with the 21 day fix and I loved all the recipes and simple instructions to create amazing results. Whether you want to maintain, lose, or gain mass, this meal plan is customizable for YOUR needs. 

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 1.21.49 PMWhat did I think of the workouts? Especially as someone who works out a lot, were they challenging? Oh my goodness I did not think I was going to be challenged with her workouts because I work out all the time, but the workouts rock!! She provided various options for all different fitness levels-beginner, intermediate and advanced so I felt like I got a great workout and would even modify some exercises! And, I’m a huge advocate for interval training and that is exactly what Autumn brought to the table. She gives you four rounds and sometimes a bonus round of different exercises and it makes time fly by- it seriously felt like the workouts were like five minutes. The cardio ones were tough, but definitely my favorite! On days of strength training, I would do my lift at the gym because I am working toward gaining muscle mass and I really enjoy lifting (always do what you love :) ), but then the next day I would do the strength workout since it was only 30 minutes! They were similar to the classes I each, and have great exercises as well!

What do I think of Shakeology? YUMMY & ENERGIZING & SATISFYING! The chocolate flavor seriously tastes like a chocolate shake, add peanut Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 1.41.09 PMbutter and half a frozen banana and it is HEAVEN! I loved using Shakeology for my sweet tooth and for smoothies to cool off after class for a snack! I also used it in my yogurt for extra protein in the morning if I needed a quick breakfast and added oatmeal and fruit for lots of energy during the morning for class and walking around on campus in the heat. Not only does shakeology taste good, but it has hundreds of super foods included that provided vitamins, energy and fiber for me each day. I need that energy to stay awake and alert in class and also to focus on studying in the afternoon and shakeology and the meal plan really made a difference with my alertness and energy and satisfied my sweet tooth all at once. (thank goodness!)

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 1.47.44 PMWhat were my favorite meals? When I didn’t have my shakeology for breakfast and wanted to save it for dessert, I would make Egg Poppers made with veggies and egg whites in little muffin tins and bake them in the oven. I love them because I love omelets and they were like mini omelets on the go! My favorite dinners were spicy shrimp pasta with frozen shrimp cooked in Mrs. Dash chili seasoning and fresh garlic and I also love ground turkey with veggies and Mrs. Dash taco seasoning. My favorite carbs during this challenge were my wraps, spaghetti, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal (loveeee oatmeal!!)! I was extremely shocked tht I could eat so many carbs and fruits and have great results with the program, but I will leave it to science and keep eating them – the science worked as seen in my results :) 

Will I be doing it again!? YES- Do it with me!!! I have a July/August Challenge with the 21 Day Fix coming up, e-mail me at chamberlin_nicole@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook asking about my July/August challenge at facebook.com/nicole.chamberlin.167 (click to get to my page & message me for more info).  This is a great time to  do the challenge before school starts up again & because summer and warm weather is going to last for a while & my challenge will help you get those lean results to feel more confident and strong in the skin you’re in :) 

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21 Day Fix: Week 2 review

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The 21 day fix is making my week so much easier! Aside from the health aspect, my mind is so much clearer being organized with my meals :) I’ve been using a lot more shakeology recipes, the one on the left is a strawberry-pineapple shake :) so yummy!

What I’ve really liked this week: There have been a few times when I’ve gone out to eat with family or friends and I wondered if it would work with the guidelines of the 21 day fix, and it really does! I had a grilled chicken salad from subway with tons of veggies and cheese, a grilled shrimp salad with goat cheese and apples and pretzel bread from one of my favorite local restaurants, trail mix and yogurt from the gas station because I was on the go, and a steak dinner the first week of the 21 day fix at Outback steakhouse. Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 5.06.54 PM

What keeps me motivated: Doing things I like, eating things I like, and remembering to stay on track to inspire others what this awesome program can do. It’s the internal motivation that matters most, remembering WHY you’re doing something and how it affects you positively.

The workouts: I seriously love the workouts that Autumn Calabrese has, her total body cardio fix is incredible and same with the cardio extreme for getting a really good sweat on. Her interval style training makes time go by faster, allows you to work at your own pace and she also provides modifications when you need to slow down and listen to your body. I will do those in the morning and lift at night because I enjoy lifting. They’re only thirty minutes long, so its easy to get up and do it, then shower, make my shakeology or breakfast and head to class! I even like the pilates one, which is unusual for me because I’m so used to high intensity workouts, but I feel like all the workouts have really effective exercises, which makes me happy :)

What have I been eating: I’ve been better at sticking to the meal plan this week, sometimes FullSizeRender-2I will forget to have both fruit containers and have an extra carb container instead because its the same macronutrient. I’ve indulged in bagels, which isn’t something I normally eat, but it works with the plan, so I’m trusting that :). I’ve been eating out, like I said earlier a few times, which has been nice because I still get to stay involved with social events and activities with friends without worrying if there will be options. The 21 day fix book also has an information sheet about what containers to mark off for the meal from restaurants. Below is a spread sheet  I used to track my meals/containers! (click to enlarge)

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DONT FORGET: I will be doing a 21 day fix challenge and help coaching the group that does it with me starting on June 8th! Get your package today by e-mailing how and what’s all included in the 21 day fix at Chamberlin_nicole@yahoo.com . I’m so excited to help others with this program because it is so effective and worth it! It’s only the beginning of summer, get on the right start with the 21 day fix with me! You won’t be disappointed and if you are, it’s 100% risk free to return everything. I will promise you have the availability to contact me 24/7 for support and advice! I want to help you reach your goals and I know the 21 day fix can do that. So you can’t go anywhere but in the right direction :)

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21 Day Fix: Week 1 is done!

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 1.50.07 PMWhew, one week of summer classes down AND one week of the 21 day fix is under the belt!! It was a busy week, but I am extremely pleased with everything the 21 day fix has given me, thus far.

So here are my thoughts, week of meals, workouts, progress results and more:


My goal of the 21 day fix
is to “tighten up”– aka lose the stress fat my body accumulated during the last month of school that incorporated poor eating habits and get back on track with working out! So basically not a crazy transformation, maybe a few pounds and see my muscle definition better while finding a way to organize my meals Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 5.09.53 PMthroughout the day to keep me satisfied while providing myself micronutrients, macronutrients an a way to satisfy my sweet tooth when need be. :)

What did I eat for my meals? Breakfast typically included egg-whites for protein and a complex carbohydrate like oatmeal or sprouted grain bread with peanut butter. If I was extra hungry I would have one of my fruit sources for the day like berries. Snacks included protein & fat like hardboiled eggs or shakeology and peanut butter or a protein bar w/fruit or  veggies. Lunch and dinner included a lean protein like chicken, turkey, or pork chops with veggies and salads and a carb like sweet potatoes, rice, or toast. Below is a picture of all my meals for the week! (click to enlarge!)

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 5.16.52 PMWas I satisfied or hungry? The 21 day fix meal plan is amazing because I know what I can eat and what I have left for the day, therefore there isn’t much work besides deciding the times I am going to eat and meal prepping at the beginning of the week. I thought the containers were small at first, but then when I actually ate from them, I felt extremely satisfied with the amount of protein I was given in the containers. However, somedays when I taught my fitness classes and lifted, I was extra hungry and would have an extra protein source like shakeology or hardboiled eggs to keep my hunger at bay or get my sweet tooth fix. I really like using shakeology for my sweet tooth, I’ll add bananas, peaches or pineapple to them and even sugar free pudding mix (a tablespoon or less) to have something creamy and sweet so I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Somedays I would also have a small
chocolate or two, so I wasn’t eating 100% according to plan,
but I still saw progress within the first week. :)  :)

How were the workouts? I haven’t been completely consistent with the 21 day fix workouts because of my class schedule and fitness goals. I love the cardio fix, has great plyo moves and really gets your heart rate up. I also love that they are only 30 minutes long and I can fit them in easy during the day. On the days that I have the 30 minute upper body or 30 minute lower body fix, I choose to do a lift at the gym because I really enjoy a gym atmosphere and lifting heavy weights that I do not have at home! If I had heavier dumbbells, I Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 5.10.09 PMwould do the 30 minute strength workouts. At the end of my 21 day fix, I will put a complete review of all the workouts :)

Week 1 is done, what are my thoughts any any results?! I really enjoy planning my meals with the containers for the 21 day fix. It’s easy to keep track of and I found an app on the iPhone that goes along with the program, too! I feel satisfied after meals, it really helping my portion sizes, and I also am happy with shakeology because of the thick consistency, flavor and great micronutrients provided in it!! I was planning on waiting until the end for sharing my results and pictures, but I will share now after week one I am down 1 pound and am completely satisfied and finally feel organized with my meals using this system after falling off track! I will share my pictures at the end of the 21 day fix.

How do you know if the 21 day fix will work for you? I honestly believe the 21 day fix is great for anyone. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or maintain weight and understand proper nutrition-it is a great way to make sure you are taking in all the proper macronutrients and micronutrients for the day while providing and easy template on how to organize your meals and understand portions! If you have questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at chamberlin_nicole@yahoo.com or comment below!

Remember I will have a 21 Day Challenge Group starting June 8th to do the 21 day fix with me :) I will share tips, recipes, ideas, videos, workouts and more! Get your 21 day fix containers, workouts, and shakeology here or talk to me if you want to know more first! www.beachbodycoach.com/fitnessandhealthspot

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My 21 Day Fix Journey

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 3.52.33 PMHi Everyone!
I’m extremely excited to share my 21 day fix journey with you starting on Monday, May 11th, 2015!

I will be sharing my weekly nutrition/daily meals/recipes, and workouts with you for each day of the program. I will be sharing my journey and will be doing a 21 Day Fix Challenge Group starting Monday, June 8th.

So what’s this program all about?? The program is very straight forward and simple with whole foods and your choice to use the Shakeology meal replacement/nutrition drink. It includes 2 DVD’s with a 30 minute workout each day of the week including  cardio, strength and yoga!

I will be using shakeology along with it each day of the month during my journey and will share my reviews and recipes I use with it. The best part about the 21 day fix is, if you are not satisfied with the program or the Shakeology Mix you can return it and get your money back guaranteed even if you used all of the shake mix. So no risk on the whole program!!!

I’m a huge believer in whole foods, meal prepping and consistency, so I’m extremely excited to see my results of this program! I usually eat pretty well, but I’m a huge snacker. Thankfully, the containers and program provide an easy template on how to organize snacks each day (trail mix, almonds, veggies, fruit containers). I will also be having one dessert or a *fuel meal (cheat meal)* each week (usually a gooey brownie or froyo!).

To get a head start on the program or want to prepare for the 21 Day Challenge in June, order your product from: www.beachbodycoach.com/fitnessandhealthspot or contact me to get set up!
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at chamberlin_nicole@yahoo.com or comment below!

Below are pictures that show you what you get with the program & the what go in the containers & an example of the container template used each day.

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Positive Body Imaging

What’s one thing you love about yourself? Is it your smile, your energy, your intelligence, your muscles-arms/legs/back, or your hair? A couple of the things I love IMG_4487about myself are my arms and my positivity. I wouldn’t be where I am today without a positive mindset and I love being able to see muscles that I’ve worked so hard for in my arms (mainly when I flex, but hey-they’re there).

Last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and it made me think about the importance of having a positive body image and positive mindset. I’ve never had a full on eating disorder, but part of my happiness used to depend on the number on the scale in the morning—something I really hate admitting. I used to run many hours a week and not fuel my body properly just to see a change on that stinkin’ scale. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 12.35.57 PMnutrition, I didn’t have the confidence I do today, and it caused unnecessary anxiety. The most important lessons I’ve learned from the scale— no one knows the number and no one even cares about the number, and most of all: Confidence is Sexy. I love seeing genuinely happy celebrities who exude confidence no matter what size they are.

Where was my big turn around? You can read my story: Part 1 & Part 2 to see more about it, but it mainly happened when I understood nutrition, started to love my body for its capabilities, and enjoyed new aspects of fitness HIIT/lifting/cycling. I really credit my increased confidence from lifting and the empowerment it gives me.

Having a positive body image can improve your happiness, confidence, relationships, education/work, and reduce stress. 

  • Learn to appreciate what your body can do. Be thankful for it because some people don’t have arms or legs and can’t even walk. After all of my long runs, I always think about how lucky I am to have the ability to run, even when it’s a bad run.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Ever hear the saying you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with? If you want to feel good Unknown-2about yourself and achieve your goals, spend time with people who support you and bring happiness in your life.
  • Do things for yourself. I always feel the need to say “yes” and help everyone out. But sometimes you need to say no and do things for yourself- not for others.
  • Stop comparing yourself. The guy who eats pizza & cheeseburgers everyday, yet seemingly ripped? Or the girl who eats spaghetti & ice cream everyday & extremely lean? That’s because of their genetics. Everyone is made completely different and it’d be boring if everyone were the same. I know, I hate it too, but I’ve learned that it feels good to see results from working hard in the gym and understanding proper nutrition.
  • UnknownRecognize your strengths, achievements and uniqueness. I like to write and think about all of the things I accomplish each week and how hard I’ve worked. Seeing your progress visually or even just mentally makes you feel better about yourself.
  • Confidence. Confidence. Confidence. Did I mention confidence? Yes, confidence will help greatly with positive body image. Wear stuff that you feel attractive/good in. Realize your accomplishments and what you can do. I credit my confidence to lifting because I see visual progress with continually increasing weights during exercises and it makes me feel strong and it has helped me understand to fuel my body properly. Do what you love and don’t worry about what people think. Confidence is KEY.

Whenever you start thinking something negative about yourself, stop & remember wpid-4c83d50a2b717ee9235af1b1fb23364ahow lucky you are for what you have. Know yourself and do what you love and execute it with confidence. People will respect you and it will help you respect yourself. Celebrate your individuality by sharing your passions with others, and loving yourself. Give someone a compliment today or pay it forward by buying someone’s drink at Starbucks, it will make you feel good about yourself & little things can make a difference in someone else’s life, too!

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Motivation Fit Tips

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 5.09.48 PMOh my goodness, where has time gone? I have just three weeks until Spring Break & three weeks to get my workouts in & three weeks of really good eating habits (meaning, for me- to stop eating chocolate after each meal and snacking when I’m not hungry J)! I’m sure many of you are in the same boat or are just looking for some ways to stay motivated to reach fitness and health goals; therefore I will be sharing my favorite tips to stay on track!

  1. Make a goal: First make a goal that you want to achieve; have more energy, run a mile, become fit, look better in clothes, lift a heavier weight, lose weight, gain muscle, etc. Then write out what you’re going to do to get there, remember a goal with out a strategy is just a wish. Having a strategy and plan will help you achieve that goal.
  2. Make it Fun: So many people ask me, how do you think working out is fun? I’ll admit, it’s not always fun, but I’m always glad I did it. The key to being consistent with workouts is finding something you like to do.
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    i love stair master intervals! go front/sides/back & different speeds & lengths!

    Maybe it’s going to a boot camp, zumba, pilates, cycle or yoga class at your local gym. Maybe it’s with a friend or lifting/going on runs with friends for the social aspect. Maybe it’s a style of workout that brings endorphins like intervals/steady state/incline on the cardio machine. Maybe it’s an awesome fitness DVD or a youtube fitness channel. Find something you enjoy watching or reading while working out! Whatever it is that makes you happy, do it! Once you like your workouts, you’ll be more inclined to do them consistently! This goes with food too- make healthy food fun by looking up creative recipes and making them with friends!

  3. Make a Schedule: Without planning my workouts, meals, classes, and study times, I would be a bit lost! Having a schedule for my workouts makes me accountable and in the mindset. Having the mindset to workout is one of the biggest battles people face because it’s so easy to push off, oh, I’ll just nap and workout tomorrow. You’re just pushing back your own goals and it can leave you with regret and guilt some days! Put it on a piece of paper/notepad and even make an alarm on your phone to get your workout in! Have someone to be accountable to that tells you to go workout when it’s time so
    Make a meal plan to stay organized & on track!

    Make a meal plan to stay organized & on track!

    you’re less likely to put it off!

  4. Be Realistic: If you think you’re going to lose 10 pounds in two weeks, or workout 3 hours a day, or *not eat any carbs* (don’t make me laugh, almost everything has carbs except for protein, including veggies!!), it’s not going to happen. Make sure to take your fitness and health journey one step at a time. If you tell yourself you’re going to do something all or nothing, chances are you’re going to end up quitting. Start working out 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes if you’re just beginning, then once you do it a few weeks, add another session in the mix or make your duration longer. Want to eat better? Start adding veggies and a piece of fruit each day instead of the bag of chips or candy, or having a small piece of chocolate at then end of the day instead of a whole chocolate bar. Little things add up, start healthy habits and then add on to them. Want to gain muscle? Ensure proper nutrition and recovery after each workout with a good source of protein and fast digesting carbs. Train smart!
  5. Make a playlist: I love having new music on my workout playlist because it keeps me energized and makes me work harder having good beats. I sometimes enjoy a silent run, but I know that day’s I need an extra push- I can always count on my music. Ask your friends/family if you need song suggestions or just goScreen Shot 2014-08-10 at 10.53.16 AM to Pandora or iTunes for good music!
  6. Prepare Your Meals: Prepping has made my life so much easier! I make lots of lean meat and freeze/refridgerate it on Sunday’s, along with getting healthy snacks like nuts, protein bars, string cheese, veggies and make hard boiled eggs so I always have a healthy snack on hand! It helps keep you on track with your goals when you come home from a long day and can pop something in the microwave really quick instead of dreading the “what’s for dinner. I’ll just pick up fast food or make pizza tonight” situation.Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 5.13.06 PM
  7. Pack Attire: If you workout in the morning, set your clothes out the night before, so it’s ready to go and you don’t have to waste time contemplating the *I don’t really want to workout mood and I’ll just go back to sleep mood*. If you workout after work or class, pack your clothes & a snack incase you get hungry (like me!!) and drive to the gym & get to it so you don’t waste time of going home!
  8. Pack Your Snacks: It may sound obvious, but when I forget snacks during the day, I find myself wandering campus to random cafes and choosing not so healthy choices. So I always make sure to bring Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 4.59.45 PMnuts/cheese sticks/protein bars with me to tide me over until I get back from class or have my next meal.
  9. Tell Someone: Tell someone your goal! If you really want to reach your goal, have someone to be accountable to. It makes you think you should make your workouts and not have the extra piece of candy at night because you want to please them and let them know your accomplishments! I know I always ask my friends to send me texts to go workout if I’m in a lazy mood, and I’m always more motivated when I get it.
  10. Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 5.00.25 PMBe Positive: We are not perfect; I never have a perfect day of eating because I am the snacking queen. Haha, I wish I wasn’t, but I always make sure to get in my workouts and remember that even though I shouldn’t have had the extra chocolate or snack, I can always do better the next day or do an extra 5 minutes of running the next day. Remove the all or nothing mentality because if you say ah this is a bad day already because I had chocolate, you will continually pile on the bad choices afterwards. If you tell yourself I’m starting over after the chocolate and eating right the rest of the day, you will make healthier choices with the new mindset.
  11. Be Consistent: Consistency is key; once you get a rhythm of eating healthier and working out each week- it will become easier with a routine. Starting is the hardest part, but make yourself consistent for the first Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 5.00.05 PMfew weeks and your mind and body will become stronger and more motivated.
  12. Reward Yourself: Rather than having food to celebrate your health and fitness accomplishments/milestones each week, buy yourself a new workout top, a fitness device or a massage or a new pair of shoes or when you lose X lbs or % bodyfat- get a new swimsuit J it will help keep your eye on accomplishing your goal! Make a visual reminder like a marble bowl for everyday you workout & once you get to X marbles, have your reward!
  13. Remember the Why: One of the most important motivators is to understand why you’re making changes. Write out why 218987600601616763_0czolwbv_cyou want to make healthier choices, why is it going to make you better, why is it important to you? What will you get out of achieving your goal.
  14. Visual Reminders: Put a picture of your vacation you want to take on your phone or a quote that inspires you to remind you to stay on track. Or it could be a picture of your favorite fitness role model and it can remind you that everyone starts somewhere and you need to get going to get to your goal! Make a poster on your bulletin board of what you need to do to get to your fitness and health goal; workout schedules/drink more water/workout ideas, etc.
  15. Acceptance: Accept that you are an Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 5.15.41 PMindividual and a human and you need to take care of your mind and body and accept who you are. Write out what you love about yourself what you’re proud of accomplishing (big or small) each week. Being happier with who you are will allow you to reduce stress. Implement healthier habits and be proud of your mini/big accomplishments and realize you’re once step closer everyday. It takes patience and time; fitness goals are not achieved over night. Motivate yourself to workout and eat right because you were given one body and you want to treat it well and take care of it for just that reason.

 

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Track for Motivation-Device Edition

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 10.21.13 AMIt’s a bit past the *Fitness Resolution/Weightloss Resolution* time and people are starting to dwindle down at the gym due to the loss of motivation or realizing they do not have enough time (or make time) to get to the gym. Therefore, you might want to look into a fitness tracking device to kick up that motivation and stay active throughout the day or have something to motivate you during your workouts! Here I will uncover my 2 favorite devices, that I have personally used/use and love and think you will too! Fitness trackers are great to use in work place settings and I actually recently discovered a business specializing in health insurance in New Jersey and New York, Oscar, that has started to personally motivate their members to stay healthy with health technology. Each Oscar member receives a free Misfit Band, much like a FitBit or Jawbone, and earns back cash rewards every time they meet their health/fitness goals they set! Such a great idea to motivate their business, I think they should do that in every company & even a reward plan for students to encourage healthy behaviors! Fit Bit, Jawbone, pedometers, heart rate monitors, phone apps- there are so many fitness/health tracking devices out there you can use these days, how do you know which one to choose!? One of the most important part of choosing a device/app is WHY you want to get it. Many people buy devices because of the “hype” or they hear that it’s *really good* (what does that even mean)- but you need to think about why YOU want one. Is it to improve your fitness performance or for overall health? Is it for motivation or for statistics to look at to improve? Will it really benefit you and are you getting your money worth for it? HOW are you planning to use it? All day or just for workouts?  These are all questions to consider when buying a tracking device. There are two devices that I think are absolutely awesome for the average person and the really fit athlete: A Pedometer and a Heart Rate Monitor!

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Only $15 at Target or Walmart! (Click image to see)

Why a pedometer?[price and motivation] A pedometer is extremely useful for students, office workers, athletes-and everyone! I’ve worn a pedometer every now and then during college during busy weeks I can’t get to the gym as many times as I want to because it helps me stay active and move around more. About 2k steps is a mile and I would aim for at least 10k a day when I couldn’t get my workout in. Pedometers are really beneficial for those with desk jobs because they remind people to walk around and stay moving even with a sedentary job. Take five minute walking breaks, stair breaks, walk while talking on the phone. Pedometers are motivation for people to stay active throughout the day and meet a certain goal for themselves. Maybe you don’t walk as much one day or have a crazy schedule so you can’t get to the gym, a pedometer helps you remember to move around more the next day for an extra mile. Little active spurts really add up! Do house chores on a sunday and try to move around and take the stairs by challenging yourself to get in an extra thousand steps for the day. Moderate exercise is extremely important for all individuals when it comes to health and just sanity in a busy world! Some pedometers are as cheap as $5-10 and some are $20-30. I recommend looking at Wal-Mart and Target for these devices or ordering online!

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Click here to see the Polar FT4 heart rate monitor!

Why A Heart Rate Monitor? [price & motivation & tracking performance & accuracy!] I started using a heart rate monitor at the beginning of college to track my workouts, and see how many calories I burned during them. Now, I also use it to track my pace and see how hard I work during my workouts and motivation! I absolutely love my polar heart rate monitor and hate doing cardio without it! I also use it during lifts, but mainly to track time in between sets rather than tracking my pace and calories I do for cardio. I think wearing a heart rate monitor is really beneficial for motivation when working out because you can see how hard you’re working with your heart rate, while also seeing the amount of energy/calories you have burned. It allows you to put in personal data for accurate results as well. When I’ve burned 209 calories, I’ll say to myself I won’t stop until 250 or 300 and it helps you stay motivated! When I’m running for endurance, I make sure to stay at a IMG_9876certain heart rate so I don’t get too tired or even so I don’t go too slow and kick up my pace! It’s awesome for an average individual or the athlete for motivation and statistics. I highly recommend the Polar Ft4 because it’s extremely accurate and doesn’t kill your budget. It’s now on Amazon and many other websites for just $55. It used to be $70 last year, so this new price is even better -bang for your buck :)   Whether you decide to get a heart rate monitor, pedometer or other fitness tracking device; the important take away is to remember your goal day in and day out. Have the intrinsic motivation and remember why you’re trying to move and be more active. Is it for your health? Is it to have more energy to play with your kids? Is it for fun and curiosity? Find something you like to do and like to use and be consistent for results. Have a visual reminder on your phone, desktop or even in your notes to remind yourself you’re doing this for yourself and no one else. The device is the extra motivation to track your progress and keep you going! Cheers to Fitness & Health. :) :) Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 10.55.25 AMNote: Some people think they need to get a really fancy jawbone or fitbit that can cost 100+ to track steps and for motivation- that will show you your steps and show *the calories you’ve burned,* (The calories burned aren’t very accurate for people with the jawbone and fitbit because it doesn’t take in consideration how fit you are and you really need to use a heart rate monitor to find how many calories you’re really burning along with other factors -height/weight/gender/age. When people think they burn more, they will overindulge and defeat the purpose of weight-loss or trying to be healthier.) but those are so overpriced and not always accurate with their statistics; so a pedometer will do just the same for a cheaper price! Same goes for a heart rate monitor, you don’t need an extremely fancy one, unless you need more data like milage to show! GPS ones will definitely cost more, but remember what your goal and reason of using one is!

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