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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 20, 2018

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                      1. Breathe

                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                      2. Loosen up

                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                      3. Chew slowly

                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                      4. Let go

                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                      It’s not. Promise.

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                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                      5. Enjoy the journey

                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                      6. Look at the big picture

                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                      Will this matter to me…

                      • Next week?
                      • Next month?
                      • Next year?
                      • In 10 years?

                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                      8. Practice patience every day

                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                      Final thoughts

                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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