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Get Fit In 2020 With These Apps And Gadgets

New Year, new fitness apps!

Happy New Year! Whether you’re recovering from the excesses of November and December or you’ve vowed to get into shape in 2020, January often means you’ve got some fitness goals.

Here are five apps and gadgets (and several runners-up) to help get you started on the journey to a new, fitter you.


1. Nike Run Club

Year after year, Nike Run Club is still my favorite running app. If you have an Apple Watch Nike Edition, the exclusive Nike watchfaces have dedicated complications for launching the app and a tally of your last run (or a guilty nag if you haven’t hit the pavement for a while). Even without an Apple Watch, though, the NRC app is easy to use, gives great on-the-go and historic information, and offers an impressive library of guided runs. They’re my favorite thing in the app, with content for everyone from beginners, to seasoned runners, to those just looking to get a little meditation in on the run (thanks to their collaboration with Headspace). The personalized coaching is great as well. If you have a run goal in the next 8-13 weeks, set it up and the app will create a training plan for you. Not only will you get intervals, long runs, and tempo runs, but the app will learn where your fitness level is and adjust the metrics as needed.

Runners up: Runkeeper, Strava


2. Garmin Venu

The Garmin Venu is the first I’ve ever used that rivals the Apple Watch for screen clarity. Readable in full sunlight, gorgeous indoors, the AMOLED screen is just as impressive in person as it is in product shots. Garmin puts that new tech to work with watchfaces that animate when you turn the watch towards you, on-wrist workout animations, and an always-on screen. Being the latest tech from Garmin, the Venu gets some interesting new health features like Breathwork. It’s like a meditation workout, taking you through multiple steps to achieve “mindful breathing.” The Venu also keeps track of your respiration rate, adding yet another metric to your workouts to obsess over in the best-in-class Garmin Connect app. That’s where you’ll see the other new metric – estimated sweat loss. Ultimately the Garmin Venu is a more than capable fitness companion that can help you with every step, lap, and rep.

Runners up: Apple Watch Nike Series, Garmin fenix 5X Plus


3. Down Dog

If you’re looking for a little more mindful exercise in your life, yoga is a great place to begin. The problem with most yoga apps is that they use pre-recorded routines. That’s fine at first, but after a while, you not only get bored with the same-old, same-old, you reach a fitness plateau. Down Dog eliminates that by offering workouts that are put together on the fly based on your time restraints, level of expertise, or desired focus. You’ll get yoga routines that are fresh every time you start the app, with music that changes each time you workout. The app is free, but a 1-year subscription is only $19.99. It’s a great investment. If yoga isn’t your thing, Down Dog also just released three new apps that are completely free for the month of January: HIIT, 7 Minute Workout, and Barre. They all use the same kind of random exercise generators as the original Down Dog app to keep you engaged (and hopefully working out more often).

Runner up: Beachbody on Demand


4. Headspace

Headspace is a meditation app that provides a staggering amount of specialized sessions for everything from learning how to meditate, to dealing with anxiety and stress, to sports training (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). It’s built on the idea that we can improve our mental health with just 10 minutes of daily training. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. When, if ever, do you have more than a couple of seconds throughout the day when you’re not bombarding yourself with some sort of sensory input? Taking 10 minutes to unplug and focus on what your mind and body are actually doing and feeling can provide a tremendous amount of insight. Headspace also introduced a Sleep portion of the app last year that has everything from guided meditations for sleep to 8-hour “Sleep radio” streams. Sleep meditations are all randomized to keep you from anticipating the next portion (which actually makes you more alert) and help ease you into better slumber. If you’re looking to improve your physical fitness as well as your mental fitness, Headspace has teamed up with the NBA to provide a series of interviews and guided meditations that focus on performance and conquering the stresses that can come with an active lifestyle. An annual subscription is now only $69.99 (down from $99.99). While it may be pricey, I’ve found Headspace has returned my investment tenfold. If you only get one app on this list, it should be this one.


5. Orangetheory

If self-guided exercise isn’t your thing, then I highly recommend checking out Orangetheory. Training consists of high-intensity fitness classes that mix running, rowing, free weights, and isometric exercises in an ever-changing instructor-led workout. OT’s claim to fame isn’t just how each workout is arranged, but how it uses targeted heart rate zones to ensure you’re getting results. Each workout requires you to use a heart rate monitor that then displays your heart rate, percentage of effort, and overall intensity (along with everyone elses’) on monitors sprinkled throughout the gym (and also your individual metrics on their new treadmills and rowing machines). With the introduction of the OTbeat Link device that attaches to your Apple Watch and eliminates the need for a secondary heart rate monitor, it’s going to be easier than ever to drop in and close your rings. And starting soon, you can sign up for the annual “Transformation Challenge” where you’ll get dietary and lifestyle tips (in addition to fitness tips) while working on your goals.

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Source: Get Fit In 2020 With These Apps And Gadgets

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This approach is backed by 10 years of research and scientific data. There are thousands of people who are already using everything I am going to share here.

This Minimalist Approach DOES NOT require you to:

Run or perform any type of cardio exercise to get results…

Live in the gym and lift weights 5 times a week….

Or follow strict, restricting diets that deprive you from your favorite foods…In fact, you won’t have to sacrifice anything.

You can still party until dawn, drink alcohol, and have fun with your friends…

Eat all your favorite foods like chocolate, pizza, and ice cream…

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You can even just lie around 4 days a week — as long as you follow this Minimalist approach, you will grow your arms, have amazing pecs, and get those rock-hard abs.

Within a month, you’ll notice your fat slowly melt away. You’ll see your muscle mass steadily grow. Not only that, but your overall physical, mental, and psychological health will greatly improve.

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I’ve Lost 15 Pounds on the Noom Diet App, and Here’s What I Eat in a Day

I’m a fitness editor, and I live a pretty healthy lifestyle — I exercise five to six days a week, eat a whole-foods-based diet, and get at least seven hours of sleep a night — but in January of this year, I found my weight creeping up on the higher end of what I find comfortable. I’ve struggled to keep weight off my whole life, and thanks to my bipolar II medication, general stress, and love of happy hour, this has only gotten harder as I’ve gotten older.

I also have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), which means I need to be careful with my weight: women with PCOS are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance (and women with PCOS have a harder time losing weight, which makes this all a fun cycle).

All of that being said: I wanted to check out the Noom weight-loss app to see if it could help me shed some pounds and get back on track with a healthy lifestyle. Created with the help of registered dietitians and other experts, the Noom app aims to not only help you lose weight, but also change your behaviors and reevaluate the thought processes behind the decisions you make. Each day includes new articles on topics such as portion control, staying motivated, identifying your social triggers, and how to decode a restaurant menu.

Noom also includes a daily calorie target, which adjusts based on how much activity you got that day (you manually log your exercise or sync up to your Fitbit or Apple Watch). One of my favorite features of Noom is the comprehensive food log where you type in what you ate and track your daily calories. If your food isn’t in Noom’s database, you can manually add the nutrition information. It also provides a color-coded breakdown of your food based on how calorie-dense they are: green (fruits, veggies, most whole grains, complex carbs), yellow (lean meats, starches, eggs), and red (typically processed junk food but also healthy calorie-dense foods like oils and nuts). You are supposed to aim to eat as many green and yellow foods as possible and limit your red foods to 25 percent or less of your diet.

The biggest adjustment for me was keeping track of everything I ate. Sure, I eat a pretty well-balanced diet, but I’m often tempted by treats in the work kitchen or all of the tasty snacks sent to my office. After hours, it’s easy for me to let one glass of wine turn to three and get carried away with the free chips and salsa. Signing up for Noom really helped me figure out where I tend to overeat and track the true size of a healthy portion: 1/4 cup of almonds is a good-sized snack. Half a bag is not.

After four months on Noom, I’m down 15 pounds! Not as fast as I would have liked, but I do realize that slow and steady wins the race. I didn’t do anything radical aside from read the Noom articles, log my food, work out, and pay attention to my daily calorie budget. Although every day is different for me food-wise, here is an example of what a typical day of eating looks like.

What I Eat in a Day on Noom

My daily calorie target depends on how much activity I’ve done that day. If I’ve worked out and walked 10,000 steps, my calories will be closer to 1,500-1,600 a day. If I skipped a workout and laid on the couch all day (hello, hungover Sundays), my calorie target is closer to 1,200-1,300 a day. Here is an example of a day where I had a moderate workout:

Breakfast: protein smoothie (430 calories)

  • 1 scoop Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Chocolate Shake (170 calories)
  • 1/2 banana (52 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Perfect Keto Pure MCT Oil (130 calories)
  • 1.25 cup 365 Organic Almond Milk Unsweetened (50 calories)
  • 1 cup baby spinach (7 calories)
  • 3 flowerets of raw cauliflower (9 calories)
  • 3 giant frozen strawberries (12 calories)

Lunch: breaded chicken breast with quinoa and broccoli (405 calories)

  • 3 ounces chicken breast (175 calories)
  • 1/4 serving 365 Everyday Value Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (25 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (40 calories)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (111 calories)
  • 1 cup roasted broccoli (54 calories)

Afternoon snack: almonds and collagen water (180 calories)

  • 17 Blue Diamond Gourmet Almonds, Rosemary and Sea Salt (120 calories)
  • Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water, Strawberry Lemon (60 calories)

Dinner: baked salmon with quinoa and broccoli (397 calories)

  • 3 ounces cooked salmon (195 calories)
  • 1/2 cooked quinoa (111 calories)
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli (55 calories)
  • 1 pat of butter (36 calories)

Daily total calories: 1,412

Food Color Breakdown

Image source: Noom app

On this day, I did a pretty good job of loading up on mostly green foods, a nice amount of yellow foods, and limiting my red foods. I know some of my diet staples are red (like MCT oil and almonds), but I’m going to keep eating them — I just pay attention to the portion sizes.

The Takeaway

I tend to eat the same things over and over, which is one way people find weight-loss success: it takes the guesswork out of having to plan so many meals each week. I also try and meal prep on Sundays, and on this particular day, I made big batches of quinoa in the rice cooker and broccoli (both steamed and oven-roasted) to last for lunches and dinners. I also baked breaded chicken breasts for lunch and salmon fillets for dinner to get my protein in.

My protein smoothie can sometimes be my biggest meal of the day. I make a calorie-dense smoothie like this after my big morning workout to refuel my body and keep me full well until my late lunch. Sometimes I need to supplement with a mid-morning snack, but most days I’m satisfied until 2 p.m. or so.

If I have a day where I know I’m going to be getting drinks after work or want to make room for a delicious chocolate chip cookie from the break room, I make adjustments in my diet the rest of the day. Maybe I’ll skip the MCT oil in my smoothie or forgo an afternoon snack. Sometimes I’ll trade in my quinoa at lunch for double the veggies or leave out the butter on top. Every little tweak or adjustment counts toward my daily calorie target. And while I didn’t reach for something sweet after dinner on this day, I usually have some type of dessert each day that’s less than 100 calories: a square of dark chocolate or a dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Trader Joe’s.

I have never felt deprived doing Noom and I always listen to my hunger cues. Noom has really opened my eyes to what an accurate portion size is and how to plan your meals around your daily calorie target. I still have a little ways to go to hit my goals, but tracking everything in Noom makes it a little easier.

 

 

Source: I’ve Lost 15 Pounds on the Noom Diet App, and Here’s What I Eat in a Day

28 Day Fitness Revolution – Get The Body You Want In 28 Days

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A little more muscle goes a long way, especially as you become leaner. That’s why this workout focuses on the big stuff: big muscles, big weights, big calorie burn, big payoff.

It all helps you add serious size to your chest, back, legs, and arms, while finishing off the flab that covers your abs. Use this routine for 4 weeks and you’ll be on your way to looking as fit as an action star.

Do three workouts a week, alternating between workout A and workout B. (You’ll do each workout six times in 4 weeks.) In each workout, do alternating sets of each exercise pair (1A/1B, 2A/2B, and 3A/3B).

That is, do 1 set of the first exercise and rest 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Then do 1 set of the second exercise and rest again for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Repeat until you’ve done 3 sets of each exercise in a pair. Then move on to the next pair.

In this amazing book you will find:

  • The perfect workout plan for busy professionals, stay-at-home parents, entrepreneurs, and travelers! 
  • Using proven, scientific methods this exercise plan will transform your body if you just let it!
  • Use the no starvation diet plan to get the best results possible with the workouts! 
  • After 28 days you will form a habit that will literally change your life!
  • We are offering a 30 day money back guarantee! Try the “28 Day Fitness Revolution” on us, and if you are not happy with the results you see you can request a full refund within 30 days! 
  • Workout in the convenience and comfort of your own home, apartment, garage, office, or hotel room! No equipment required!
  • Follow the same methods used by internationally recognized male model Jason Boyce to get the body you want! 

Join the fitness revolution! Follow this proven, easy to follow workout and diet system to get the body you want. Created by internationally recognized model Jason Boyce!

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