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10 Fitness Trackers For Great Workouts And A Healthy Lifestyle

10 Fitness Trackers For Great Workouts And A Healthy Lifestyle

Everybody loves short cuts in their day to day lives to achieve the optimum lifestyle we all dream about. Fitness trackers have become one of the easiest ways to keep your workout and diet habits on check. These devices allow you to lose weight, tone up or most importantly, create and commit to a healthy lifestyle that will keep you feeling, looking and doing your best. This list should help you check out the fitness tracker field before you make the purchase best suited for your needs.

1. Fitbit Flex

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    Peer pressure has shown us all that the Fitbit Flex does everything from counting your steps and counting the calories burned to keeping track of how many hours you sleep with a discrete alarm that won’t wake anybody around you but still tells you how many times you woke up. A major advantage of the Fitbit Flex is that you can set personal goals. In addition you can to synchronicing it with iPhones, Android devices and the good old computers. Fitbit Flex is a very significant  5-star product which deserves to be mentioned first.

    2. Misfit Shine

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      With Shine you can synchronise your progress and your goals with all Apple products by using the free Shine app. It is made from aircraft-grade aluminium and is water-resistant for up to 50 meters underwater. The design is very elegant and smooth with a halo of lights to show you how active you’ve been throughout the day. It can track walking, running, swimming, cycling, soccer, tennis, basketball and more. Also it doesn’t need to be charged but has a battery that lasts up to 6 months before being replaced.

      3. Nike+ Fuelband

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        Nike+ Fuelband has its own unit of measurement which converts your everyday activities into NikeFuel. It will keep track of your excercises at the end of the day and let you know if you are short on your goal and need an extra walk or a short workout. The disadvantage is the fact that there is no off option so even if you’re just moving your arms because you are driving you will still earn Fuel.

        4. Garmin Vivofit Fitness

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          Garmin has a littlefeature which is called the “Move Bar” and appears on the display after one hour of inactivity and additional lights start up for every 15 minutes of inactivity after that. It also pairs up with an HR strap which is something that Fitbit products lack of. Garmin uses two small watch batteries that work well for at least a year.

          5. Withings Pulse

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            The Withings Pulse shows you the vital sign readings of both your instant heart rate and your oxygen blood levels. Plus, it has a real-time coaching with the Health Mate app which is available on iOS and Android. Most reviewers rate it at  5 stars but some people mentioned that the body part on which the device is worn significantly affects the accuracy of step counts. So it might be worth a test run before you go all out.

            6. UP24 by Jawbone

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              UP24 helps with weight loss because it can track your meals and your drinks. It also gets to know you. It teaches you how your day, night and food affect each other. It helps you set “Today I Will” goals and is compatible with any phones with Bluetooth 4.0, Android Jelly Bean or iOS 6.0 or later. UP24 is not very famous but a mainly 5-star device nonetheless.

              7. Polar Loop Activity Tracker

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                Polar automatically synchronise to the free Polar Flow app and training community via Bluetooth to help you track your progress and stay motivated. It is waterproof and has a 5 day continuous use battery life. Polar is not that famous in the market but has earned its fair share of 5-star reviews claiming that the Polar Loop has been the most trouble free!

                8. Fitbit Zip

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                  Another Fitbit creation that is a must-add to this list because its design is just too adorable to ignore. Zip tracks everything, sets goals, views progress and gives you badges! You can also share and compete with friends throughout the day and who doesn’t find a little friendly competition motivating!

                  9. Striiv Touch

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                    The Striiv Touch is a fitness tracker and a smart watch in one. The battery life lasts up to 5 days and is water resistant. Plus, you get access to the Striiv Activity Tracker app which makes your step count towards charity which is the best way to keep you motivated as you make the world a better place while you go for your daily run. You can get real-time text alerts, incoming call notifications and a gentle vibrating alarm. Averaging at a 3-4 star rating because of a few syncing glitches, the Striiv is still a nice underground choice.

                    10. LG Lifeband

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                      Also a smart watch, the LG Lifeband is compatible with most of the latest Android and Apple devices and has easy controls when it comes to music, call and text notifications and interval training modes. The Lifeband also interfaces with MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and other fitness apps allowing you to keep all your progress linked and in one place.

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                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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