The holidays are coming, and they are coming fast – really, they are just around the corner. For many, this means getting together with family to share stories, laughs, and love over delicious holiday treats and traditional dishes. We all know, however, the toll holidays can take on ourselves – yes, we all eat a little too much turkey on Thanksgiving…and the leftovers for the two weeks following – but there are steps you can take to help keep yourself healthy and on track even through the holiday season!
There are indeed a slew of ways that you can look to lose weight, but some ways are easier, and more convenient, than others. The hustle and bustle of the holidays with distant relatives and family members from out of town can make it pretty hard to stick to your weight loss and fitness goals, but with easy-to-use applications that help you track your fitness and eating habits, keeping yourself healthy this fall and winter will be as easy as pie.
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Building their company upon the ideals and goals of making health and fitness goals fun and empowering, Fitbit may just be the answer to your holiday fitness and health success this season. Fitbit offers a range of products from every day, basic, fitness purposes to products meant for the most extreme, performance based fitness athletes out there. While the features and amenities differ amongst the products, all of the products and their features sync up to a free dashboard that non-device owners and device owners can use!
Many of the features the dashboard has to offer can be utilized through the free version of the application, but features that require heart monitoring, and the like, will require you to have a Fitbit device. Some of these free features include: tracking of food, viewing of progress and trends with graphs and charts, MobileRun (tracking of pace, time, and distance through GPS), setting goals, recording of workouts, MobileTrack (tracking of daily steps), and motivational notifications.
The Fitbit dashboard also allows for the connection of multiple Fitbit tracking devices and outside fitness/health applications so that you can wear and use what you want without missing a beat. This Multi-Tracker Support system is convenient because it allows you to utilize any compatible application(s) or device(s) compiling all of the information into a comprehensive display on your Fitbit dashboard.
Variations of the Fitbit
For example, you may wish to use the Flex to track only basic data while another day, where you plan to do some serious working out, you want to wear a ChargeHR or Surge in order to have Caller-ID, notifications, PurePulse heart rate tech, and music capabilities to keep you motivated during your toughest workout phases. Some of the compatible applications include FitStar, MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, SparkPeople, and many more.
With easy to use applications and features through the Fitbit free dashboard, tracking your fitness and health this holiday season should be the least of your worries! Download the application on your mobile device or get started here!
MyFitnessPal is a quick and easy way for you to track your food intake and exercise to help keep you motivated throughout your diet or weight loss program. The ease with which one can enter in their food and search through personal and public food databases keeps you on track towards the completion and pursuit of your goals!
MyFitnessPal’s adaptive system provides a user-friendly experience because as you continually input your food and exercise intake MyFitnessPal learns your patterns – this makes entering data easier the more you do it. This ‘recognition’ is the application learning your eating habits and patterns – let’s be honest, most of us eat a lot of the same thing most of the time. The free membership allows you to create your personal food diary, or tracker if you will, gives you flexibility with respect to supporting various diets and restrictions, allows you to develop a customized profile, and more all while being able to access and input information on-the-go through mobile apps!
Access to a community of likeminded health enthusiasts is just a download away – plus you can use MyFitnessPal in conjunction with other applications and devices like FitBit, Under Armour Record, and Garmin Connect. Keeping track of your food intake during the coming holidays will not only keep you in shape, but it may also help you stay awake and after that Thanksgiving meal.
Founded by foodies with a passion for great food and recipes, Yummly was launched in 2010 as a tool for users to easily search through millions of recipes and create shopping lists. These tools that Yummly offers helps users create the dishes they love and find new hidden gems within the ether. Their mission is a simple one, to help people cook, eat, and share – and it all started with mustard.
The Yummly application allows the user to uncover the perfect recipe(s) to fit their unique needs through the development of individual, user-based taste preferences. This means, for the adept cook, that the more you use Yummly, the better and more relevant the suggestions become. With the ability to search by holiday, cuisine, taste, diet, nutrition, allergy, cooking time, and technique, finding the recipe that fits any of your needs is easier than sifting through old cookbooks, which probably don’t have pertinent allergy and nutritional information, or looking through many websites and Google searches – Yummly does the compiling of recipes for you! Once recipes are found that you have loved and enjoyed, these can all be saved into collections and groupings in order for you to easily access previous recipes by category and share them with all of your friends.
What is Special About Yummly?
You may be thinking, “But what if I have a bunch of random stuff in the fridge and I don’t want to go shopping…?” Well, Yummly’s ‘with’ and ‘without’ filters in their searches allows you to find exceptional concoctions utilizing those random ingredients laying around in your fridge. To make matters even better, when you have found a recipe that suits your needs, Yummly has an integrated smart shopping list which depicts exactly what you need to complete the selected recipe(s). Finally, with the ability to add your favorite recipes into Yummly, if it is not already there, this application is truly a powerful and useful tool for every aspiring cook out there! Oh, and did we mention that it’s free?
Go now, with Yummly in hand and create those beautiful, delicious dishes you have been longing to create, because with this collection of tools cooking may not be that chore anymore.
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So whether you are using one of these three health apps, or have got one of your own favorites, make sure that you are prepared when the holidays roll around!