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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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