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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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