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27 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Fitness Obsessed

We all know the type: Never misses a workout, packs overnight oats in Mason jars, and knows their VO2 max (because, #fitnessgoals). They’re the toughest — and the toughest to shop for — person on your list. But thanks to these editor-backed gift ideas, no one will go home without something they love this year. Whether you’re shopping for a marathoner, meditation junkie or meal prep pro, we have the perfect fit for every fitness lover — and every budget.

RELATED: The Best DIY Holiday Gifts for Fitness Lovers

27 Holiday Gift Ideas Fitness Fanatics Will Love

$25 and Under

Holiday Gift Ideas: Comrad Companion Compression Socks

1. For the Standout Athlete: Comrad Companion Compression Socks ($18)

Not your typical stocking stuffer sock, these knee-high Comrads offer compression to help legs recover after a long day of walking, traveling or putting in work at the gym. Your giftee will love the snug construction (plus moisture-wicking, breathability and anti-odor properties) and stylish design. We love the navy stripes and color-blocking layers — perfect for anyone on your list.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Dona Chai Turmeric Concentrate

2. For the Healthy Hostess: Dona Chai Turmeric Concentrate ($24)

Upgrade your typical olive oil or balsamic vinegar giftable, and hand off this turmeric concentrate instead. Handmade in Brooklyn, it packs anti-inflammatory properties plus a flavorful finish when mixed into dishes like mashed sweet potatoes or chocolate truffles. It also creates a cafe-quality turmeric latte. Just blend with equal parts milk for a delightfully spicy sip.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Buff Polar Neckwarmer

3.For the Aprés-Ski Aficionado: Buff Polar Neckwarmer ($20)

Perfect for powder days, winter runs or even that post-slopes party, this lightweight 100 percent Polartec fleece from Buff provides warmth and quick-drying coverage. Wear it low to get extra air flow carving through the snow, or pull it up for a fuller face mask when temps drop below freezing.

Holiday Gift Ideas: David’s Tea Caramel Shortbread Collectible Jar

4. For the Dessert Devotee: David’s Tea Caramel Shortbread Collectible Jar ($20)

Cure dessert cravings with some sweet loose leaf tea. The blend of apple, raisins, brown sugar and almonds makes for a delicious post-meal sip that anyone with a sweet tooth will love. The limited-edition tea also comes in a ready-to-gift ceramic jar, ideal for storing healthy-ish cookies and energy bites once the tea runs out.   

Holiday Gift Ideas: Healthy Meal Prep: Time-Saving Plans to Prep and Portion Your Weekly Meals

5. For the Sensible Cook: Healthy Meal Prep: Time-Saving Plans to Prep and Portion Your Weekly Meals ($20)

Instead of gifting just another apron to your holiday hostess, take a cue from Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon, the YouTube stars of Fit Couple Cooks. In their new cookbook, the couple schools cooks of all levels on how to prep at least 18 meals a week (that’s six meals per person if you’ve got a roomie or S.O.). From cozy comfort foods to Asian take-out, we guarantee your Secret Santa will want to eat these dishes right off the pages.

RELATED: 11 Easy Mason Jar Recipes for DIY Gifts

$50 and Under

Holiday Gift Ideas: Framebridge Marathon Bib

6. For the Race Chaser: Framebridge Race Bib ($26.20)

The runner in your life probably has a collection of medals to show for crossing the finish line, but the race bibs are the special jog down memory lane. Remind your friend, family member or significant other of their accomplishment with a customized race bib frame. Bonus: Marathoners who recently ran the New York City Marathon get a limited-time discount. Use the promo code NEWYORK26 at checkout. The code expires November 30, after which frames will be $39-199.

Holiday Gift Ideas: The Beauty Chef Holiday Set

7. For the Natural Beauty: The Beauty Chef Holiday Boost Set ($45)

Your eco-obsessed BFF is probably already loading up on non-toxic lipsticks, nail polishes and deodorants. But something that might be missing from their green beauty routine: skin boosters. This nourishing set of probiotic elixirs created by Carla Oates, the Beauty Chef herself, includes travel-size bottles of collagen, antioxidant and hydration boosts. Simply add a tablespoon to your smoothie, juice or water to promote healthy hair, skin and nails.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Eddie Bauer Slope Side Gloves

8. For the Connected Outdoors(wo)man: Eddie Bauer Slope Side Gloves ($30)

From the trails to the campsite to the city streets, these Eddie Bauer knit gloves will keep fingers from freezing. They also allow easy phone use (without letting digits go bare), thanks to tech-friendly tips. And the compliment-worthy pattern? This is one present even the person who has everything will want to wear on the reg.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Sweaty Betty Happiness Planner

9. For the Goal Getter: Sweaty Betty Happiness Planner ($30)

Sometimes productivity and positivity can take a little planning. Enter this journal from Sweaty Betty that features inspirational quotes, meal planning pages, weekly self-reflection, scheduling and more. Consider it the self-made guide to finding something to smile about every. single. day. Oh, and you’ll stay on top of that ever-expanding to-do list, too.

Holiday Gift Ideas: S'well Traveler Oasis Water Bottle

10. For the Globe Trekker: S’well Traveler Oasis ($35)

Everyone needs more water, so why not give the gift of hydration — in a pretty awesome package? The popular stainless steel, BPA-free S’well bottle gets a chic and ergonomic upgrade with this traveler collection, complete with a nature-themed design. The wider spout allows for quick drinking and is big enough to throw in ice, while the bottom boasts an easy-to-hold shape. And you still get S’well’s signature temperature traits: It keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12.

Holiday Gift Ideas: UA Motivator Tote

11. For the City Slicker: UA Motivator Tote ($45)

Ever get all the belongings in your bag soaked from rain or snow? Save your gift recipient from the trouble with this sporty bag. Under Armour’s Storm technology will keep goods protected from the elements, while the bag’s construction is big enough to carry gym clothes, pre-packed snacks and more. It also boasts a handy exterior pocket so you can stash your phone for easy access.

RELATED: The 8 Best Backpacks for the Office, Gym and Beyond

Holiday Gift Ideas: Headsweats National Park Trucker Hats

12. For the Nature Lover: Headsweats National Park Trucker Hats ($26)

Stand out on the mountain, while protecting our parks with the Headsweats National Park trucker hats collection. For every purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation, so buyers can feel good about helping the planet. Beyond the charity component, these hats look trendy enough to go from trail to brewery, and will keep sun, sweat and sand from sensitive eyes.

$100 and Under

Holiday Gift Ideas: iHome Zenergy Aroma Speaker & Light

13. For the Zen Guru: iHome Zenergy Aroma Speaker & Light ($100)

Create the serene environment of a meditation den or yoga studio right at home. This device provides the sight, sound and smells to do it right. Choose from seven different light therapy modes, like a pulsing red illumination to time your breath or a swirling of blue and white to wake you up. Then, opt for music with modes like dream, storm, ocean or nature. And finally, add a few drops of essential oils to the felt pad and a silent fan diffuses it throughout the room. Three products in one peaceful package.

Holiday Gift Ideas: 174 Hudson Convertible Commuter Pack

14. For the Cycling Urbanite: 174 Hudson Convertible Commuter Pack ($80)

If you know a two-wheel commuter or even someone who’s thinking about biking to work, they’ll want to own this bag. Its roomy interior holds all the essentials, including a laptop courtesy of the padded sleeve, and anything you want to keep separate (like a cell or keys) in the convenient front pockets. But the best part: Taking off the shoulder straps, unzipping the back, and tucking them inside, reveals two clips that attach to a bike rack for extra easy transportation. Pedaling to the office or grocery store just got easier — and less sweaty.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Manduka eQua Yoga Mat

15. For the Hottest Yogi: Manduka eQua Yoga Mat ($92)

Who says you can’t be chic when you’re flowing hard? This beautifully designed, limited-edition yoga mat from artist Ashley Mary has your hot yoga needs covered. It features a towel grip fused to the top surface to wick sweat away and provide support during the most difficult poses. And unlike other yoga mats out there, this eKO-based mat is made with non-toxic materials that can be hand-washed with detergent. Like an abstract painting, this modern mat will inspire your yogi to make art out of asanas.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker Half-Zip

16. For the Active Environmentalist: Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker Half-Zip ($80)

Super soft and lightweight, this Cotopaxi jacket will become a new outerwear stable — especially for those who love the great outdoors. Not only does it pack into its own pocket for better portability when temps change from the bottom of the mountain to the top, but each color pattern is limited edition so everyone gets a one-of-a-kind coat. To top it off, every purchase supports nonprofits with a global mission to end poverty and promote adventure. That’s because Cotopaxi donates two percent of its total revenue every year to like-minded organizations around the globe.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Ember Ceramic Mug

17. For the Java Addict: Ember Ceramic Mug ($80)

Keep coffee, lattes, tea and any other winter beverages hot all day long in this electric mug. Paired with the Ember app, it’ll send alerts when the liquids reach the ideal temperature — which also means no more burning the tongue. Simply park it on its charging coaster and it’ll maintain the tastiest temps from morning to evening. (The temperature maintenance only lasts about an hour off the dock.)

Holiday Gift Ideas: Cuisinart Spiralizer, Slicer and Shredder

18. For the Meal Prepper: Cuisinart Spiralizer, Slicer and Shredder ($70)

Blenders and crockpots are kitchen time savers, but they don’t compare to a sous chef chopping fruits, veggies and herbs all afternoon. Enter: the Cuisinart all-in-one slicer, shredder and spiralizer. This ultimate cooking multi-tool will turn your farmer’s market haul into Instagram-worthy zucchini ribbons, sweet potato crinkle fries and apple flowers. The large feeding tube allows you to chop larger veggies, like butternut squash, red onions and cucumbers, in seconds. Consider it meal prep magic!  

Holiday Gift Ideas: Sugoi Women’s MidZero Tight

19. For the All-Weather Runner: Sugoi Women’s MidZero Tight ($90)

Zipping through the cold streets becomes a little more doable with these softer-than-sweatpants, fleece-lined leggings. So cozy, they’re difficult not to lounge in all day, they’ll also keep any runner warm through long, windy miles. These bottoms also have four-way stretch for more flexibility and a back zip pocket to store essentials hands- and fanny pack-free.

RELATED: 8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Fitness Goals

Splurge

Holiday Gift Ideas: BioLite Holiday Bundle

20. For the Caffeinated Camper: BioLite Holiday Bundle ($250)

Calling all coffee connoisseurs and campers alike! Three great brands team up for a gift that gives back — and one that keeps you energized. The limited-edition collab includes BioLite’s KettlePot (pours like a kettle and cooks like a pot), CoffeePress (like a French Press) and the CampStove 2, which offers a smokeless fire for cooking yummy meals in the woods. (It tucks right into the KettlePot for better transport.) The bundle also comes with MiiR’s 12-ounce camp cup — complete with a trackable charity component. This mug will keep your also-included four-pack of portable pour-over Kuju coffee nice and hot.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Trek FX 1 Bike

21. For the Spin Class Hero: Trek FX 1 Bike ($400)

This hybrid bike is great for cruising city streets and country roads, plus it’s totally beginner cyclist-friendly — including studio spinsters ready to take their skills outside. The lightweight construction and upright handlebars make it comfortable to ride and easy to maneuver, especially for newbie riders. It even has a bluetooth sensor attached to track routes and other fitness stats.

Holiday Gift Ideas: REI Co-Op Quarter Dome Air Hammock

22. For the Tree Hugger: REI Co-Op Quarter Dome Air Hammock ($219)

Two must-haves for a weekend among the trees — in one comfy product. This hammock-turned-tent is surprisingly simple to assemble and offers a relaxing place to rest your head, courtesy of the sturdy tension lines. It has a mesh canopy to keep bugs out, a removable rain cover to battle bad weather, an interior pocket to hold a phone or water bottle and a large entrance to seamlessly slip in and out. Just want to lounge in the backyard? Flip it over for a more traditional hammock sans overlay.

Holiday Gift Ideas: The North Face Ventrix Jacket

23. For the Outdoor Workout Warrior: The North Face Ventrix Jacket ($199)

When temperatures plummet, but treadmills aren’t appealing, it’s time to put on this high-tech jacket. It offers warmth when you need it and breathability when you don’t. The synthetic water-resistant materials give it a stretchy fit, while ventilation in key areas stops overheating in typically sweaty spots. It’s the ideal coat for hiking, trail running, rock climbing — or just running errands around town.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 GPS + Cellular

24. For the Mile Chaser: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 GPS + Cellular ($399)

By now you’ve heard all about the Apple Watch Series 3, which can receive calls and texts from the trails to the surf, and track the real intensity of your HIIT and swim workouts. Opt for the Nike+ integration, though, and your run life will get a major upgrade. In addition to tracking distance, pace and elevation via GPS and altimeter, runners can now experience audio guided sessions with their favorite Nike run coaches and world-class athletes. Too cold to brave the open road? Hit the treadmill or elliptical — your watch will pair with compatible gym equipment. Waiting for you on the other end: celebratory cheers and emojis from friends.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Helly Hansen W Ten-Below HT Sneaker Boot

25. For the Winter Wanderer: Helly Hansen W Ten-Below HT ($130)

What if we combined the warmth of a snow boot with the comfort of a training shoe? You’d get these weatherproof kicks, so cozy they’re like a jacket for your feet. Come winter, the functional features will make all the difference, including Primaloft insulation and a waterproof membrane, multi-directional lugs for superior traction, and a cushioned midsole for all-day wear.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Mountain Standard Women’s Hybrid Bomber

26. For the Sporty Traveler: Mountain Standard Women’s Hybrid Bomber $158)

Buy this jacket for its trendy lifestyle look; keep it for years thanks to its technical features. Made with primaloft insulation, it offers top-notch warmth for the streets and trails — without the weight. It also features fleece side paneling for extra coziness. And with a water-resistant and no-rip coating, you won’t need to worry about damaging it while clocking miles and climbing peaks.

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: Samsung Gear IconX

27. For the Musically Motivated: Samsung Gear IconX ($200)

Completely wire-free earbuds, at your fitness service. These tiny music players offer five hours of battery life while streaming pump-up tunes, and seven hours in standalone mode (it holds 4GB of data). For all the runners and walkers out there, pop these in and get moving — the automatic activity tracker will record distance, pace and calories. With a simple tap, you can also change music volume and skip or replay tracks.

Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

Read More
8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Workout Goals
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27 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Fitness Obsessed We all know the type: Never misses a workout, packs overnight oats in Mason jars, and knows their VO2 max (because, #fitnessgoals). They’re the toughest — and the toughest to shop for — person on your list. But thanks to these editor-backed gift ideas, no one will go home without something they love this year. Whether you’re shopping for a marathoner, meditation junkie or meal prep pro, we have the perfect fit for every fitness lover — and every budget. RELATED: The Best DIY Holiday Gifts for Fitness Lovers

27 Holiday Gift Ideas Fitness Fanatics Will Love

$25 and Under

Holiday Gift Ideas: Comrad Companion Compression Socks

1. For the Standout Athlete: Comrad Companion Compression Socks ($18)

Not your typical stocking stuffer sock, these knee-high Comrads offer compression to help legs recover after a long day of walking, traveling or putting in work at the gym. Your giftee will love the snug construction (plus moisture-wicking, breathability and anti-odor properties) and stylish design. We love the navy stripes and color-blocking layers — perfect for anyone on your list. Holiday Gift Ideas: Dona Chai Turmeric Concentrate

2. For the Healthy Hostess: Dona Chai Turmeric Concentrate ($24)

Upgrade your typical olive oil or balsamic vinegar giftable, and hand off this turmeric concentrate instead. Handmade in Brooklyn, it packs anti-inflammatory properties plus a flavorful finish when mixed into dishes like mashed sweet potatoes or chocolate truffles. It also creates a cafe-quality turmeric latte. Just blend with equal parts milk for a delightfully spicy sip. Holiday Gift Ideas: Buff Polar Neckwarmer

3.For the Aprés-Ski Aficionado: Buff Polar Neckwarmer ($20)

Perfect for powder days, winter runs or even that post-slopes party, this lightweight 100 percent Polartec fleece from Buff provides warmth and quick-drying coverage. Wear it low to get extra air flow carving through the snow, or pull it up for a fuller face mask when temps drop below freezing. Holiday Gift Ideas: David’s Tea Caramel Shortbread Collectible Jar

4. For the Dessert Devotee: David’s Tea Caramel Shortbread Collectible Jar ($20)

Cure dessert cravings with some sweet loose leaf tea. The blend of apple, raisins, brown sugar and almonds makes for a delicious post-meal sip that anyone with a sweet tooth will love. The limited-edition tea also comes in a ready-to-gift ceramic jar, ideal for storing healthy-ish cookies and energy bites once the tea runs out.    Holiday Gift Ideas: Healthy Meal Prep: Time-Saving Plans to Prep and Portion Your Weekly Meals

5. For the Sensible Cook: Healthy Meal Prep: Time-Saving Plans to Prep and Portion Your Weekly Meals ($20)

Instead of gifting just another apron to your holiday hostess, take a cue from Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon, the YouTube stars of Fit Couple Cooks. In their new cookbook, the couple schools cooks of all levels on how to prep at least 18 meals a week (that’s six meals per person if you’ve got a roomie or S.O.). From cozy comfort foods to Asian take-out, we guarantee your Secret Santa will want to eat these dishes right off the pages. RELATED: 11 Easy Mason Jar Recipes for DIY Gifts

$50 and Under

Holiday Gift Ideas: Framebridge Marathon Bib

6. For the Race Chaser: Framebridge Race Bib ($26.20)

The runner in your life probably has a collection of medals to show for crossing the finish line, but the race bibs are the special jog down memory lane. Remind your friend, family member or significant other of their accomplishment with a customized race bib frame. Bonus: Marathoners who recently ran the New York City Marathon get a limited-time discount. Use the promo code NEWYORK26 at checkout. The code expires November 30, after which frames will be $39-199. Holiday Gift Ideas: The Beauty Chef Holiday Set

7. For the Natural Beauty: The Beauty Chef Holiday Boost Set ($45)

Your eco-obsessed BFF is probably already loading up on non-toxic lipsticks, nail polishes and deodorants. But something that might be missing from their green beauty routine: skin boosters. This nourishing set of probiotic elixirs created by Carla Oates, the Beauty Chef herself, includes travel-size bottles of collagen, antioxidant and hydration boosts. Simply add a tablespoon to your smoothie, juice or water to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. Holiday Gift Ideas: Eddie Bauer Slope Side Gloves

8. For the Connected Outdoors(wo)man: Eddie Bauer Slope Side Gloves ($30)

From the trails to the campsite to the city streets, these Eddie Bauer knit gloves will keep fingers from freezing. They also allow easy phone use (without letting digits go bare), thanks to tech-friendly tips. And the compliment-worthy pattern? This is one present even the person who has everything will want to wear on the reg. Holiday Gift Ideas: Sweaty Betty Happiness Planner

9. For the Goal Getter: Sweaty Betty Happiness Planner ($30)

Sometimes productivity and positivity can take a little planning. Enter this journal from Sweaty Betty that features inspirational quotes, meal planning pages, weekly self-reflection, scheduling and more. Consider it the self-made guide to finding something to smile about every. single. day. Oh, and you’ll stay on top of that ever-expanding to-do list, too. Holiday Gift Ideas: S'well Traveler Oasis Water Bottle

10. For the Globe Trekker: S’well Traveler Oasis ($35)

Everyone needs more water, so why not give the gift of hydration — in a pretty awesome package? The popular stainless steel, BPA-free S’well bottle gets a chic and ergonomic upgrade with this traveler collection, complete with a nature-themed design. The wider spout allows for quick drinking and is big enough to throw in ice, while the bottom boasts an easy-to-hold shape. And you still get S’well’s signature temperature traits: It keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Holiday Gift Ideas: UA Motivator Tote

11. For the City Slicker: UA Motivator Tote ($45)

Ever get all the belongings in your bag soaked from rain or snow? Save your gift recipient from the trouble with this sporty bag. Under Armour’s Storm technology will keep goods protected from the elements, while the bag’s construction is big enough to carry gym clothes, pre-packed snacks and more. It also boasts a handy exterior pocket so you can stash your phone for easy access. RELATED: The 8 Best Backpacks for the Office, Gym and Beyond Holiday Gift Ideas: Headsweats National Park Trucker Hats

12. For the Nature Lover: Headsweats National Park Trucker Hats ($26)

Stand out on the mountain, while protecting our parks with the Headsweats National Park trucker hats collection. For every purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation, so buyers can feel good about helping the planet. Beyond the charity component, these hats look trendy enough to go from trail to brewery, and will keep sun, sweat and sand from sensitive eyes.

$100 and Under

Holiday Gift Ideas: iHome Zenergy Aroma Speaker & Light

13. For the Zen Guru: iHome Zenergy Aroma Speaker & Light ($100)

Create the serene environment of a meditation den or yoga studio right at home. This device provides the sight, sound and smells to do it right. Choose from seven different light therapy modes, like a pulsing red illumination to time your breath or a swirling of blue and white to wake you up. Then, opt for music with modes like dream, storm, ocean or nature. And finally, add a few drops of essential oils to the felt pad and a silent fan diffuses it throughout the room. Three products in one peaceful package. Holiday Gift Ideas: 174 Hudson Convertible Commuter Pack

14. For the Cycling Urbanite: 174 Hudson Convertible Commuter Pack ($80)

If you know a two-wheel commuter or even someone who’s thinking about biking to work, they’ll want to own this bag. Its roomy interior holds all the essentials, including a laptop courtesy of the padded sleeve, and anything you want to keep separate (like a cell or keys) in the convenient front pockets. But the best part: Taking off the shoulder straps, unzipping the back, and tucking them inside, reveals two clips that attach to a bike rack for extra easy transportation. Pedaling to the office or grocery store just got easier — and less sweaty. Holiday Gift Ideas: Manduka eQua Yoga Mat

15. For the Hottest Yogi: Manduka eQua Yoga Mat ($92)

Who says you can’t be chic when you’re flowing hard? This beautifully designed, limited-edition yoga mat from artist Ashley Mary has your hot yoga needs covered. It features a towel grip fused to the top surface to wick sweat away and provide support during the most difficult poses. And unlike other yoga mats out there, this eKO-based mat is made with non-toxic materials that can be hand-washed with detergent. Like an abstract painting, this modern mat will inspire your yogi to make art out of asanas. Holiday Gift Ideas: Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker Half-Zip

16. For the Active Environmentalist: Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker Half-Zip ($80)

Super soft and lightweight, this Cotopaxi jacket will become a new outerwear stable — especially for those who love the great outdoors. Not only does it pack into its own pocket for better portability when temps change from the bottom of the mountain to the top, but each color pattern is limited edition so everyone gets a one-of-a-kind coat. To top it off, every purchase supports nonprofits with a global mission to end poverty and promote adventure. That’s because Cotopaxi donates two percent of its total revenue every year to like-minded organizations around the globe. Holiday Gift Ideas: Ember Ceramic Mug

17. For the Java Addict: Ember Ceramic Mug ($80)

Keep coffee, lattes, tea and any other winter beverages hot all day long in this electric mug. Paired with the Ember app, it’ll send alerts when the liquids reach the ideal temperature — which also means no more burning the tongue. Simply park it on its charging coaster and it’ll maintain the tastiest temps from morning to evening. (The temperature maintenance only lasts about an hour off the dock.) Holiday Gift Ideas: Cuisinart Spiralizer, Slicer and Shredder

18. For the Meal Prepper: Cuisinart Spiralizer, Slicer and Shredder ($70)

Blenders and crockpots are kitchen time savers, but they don’t compare to a sous chef chopping fruits, veggies and herbs all afternoon. Enter: the Cuisinart all-in-one slicer, shredder and spiralizer. This ultimate cooking multi-tool will turn your farmer’s market haul into Instagram-worthy zucchini ribbons, sweet potato crinkle fries and apple flowers. The large feeding tube allows you to chop larger veggies, like butternut squash, red onions and cucumbers, in seconds. Consider it meal prep magic!   Holiday Gift Ideas: Sugoi Women’s MidZero Tight

19. For the All-Weather Runner: Sugoi Women’s MidZero Tight ($90)

Zipping through the cold streets becomes a little more doable with these softer-than-sweatpants, fleece-lined leggings. So cozy, they’re difficult not to lounge in all day, they’ll also keep any runner warm through long, windy miles. These bottoms also have four-way stretch for more flexibility and a back zip pocket to store essentials hands- and fanny pack-free. RELATED: 8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Fitness Goals

Splurge

Holiday Gift Ideas: BioLite Holiday Bundle

20. For the Caffeinated Camper: BioLite Holiday Bundle ($250)

Calling all coffee connoisseurs and campers alike! Three great brands team up for a gift that gives back — and one that keeps you energized. The limited-edition collab includes BioLite’s KettlePot (pours like a kettle and cooks like a pot), CoffeePress (like a French Press) and the CampStove 2, which offers a smokeless fire for cooking yummy meals in the woods. (It tucks right into the KettlePot for better transport.) The bundle also comes with MiiR’s 12-ounce camp cup — complete with a trackable charity component. This mug will keep your also-included four-pack of portable pour-over Kuju coffee nice and hot. Holiday Gift Ideas: Trek FX 1 Bike

21. For the Spin Class Hero: Trek FX 1 Bike ($400)

This hybrid bike is great for cruising city streets and country roads, plus it’s totally beginner cyclist-friendly — including studio spinsters ready to take their skills outside. The lightweight construction and upright handlebars make it comfortable to ride and easy to maneuver, especially for newbie riders. It even has a bluetooth sensor attached to track routes and other fitness stats. Holiday Gift Ideas: REI Co-Op Quarter Dome Air Hammock

22. For the Tree Hugger: REI Co-Op Quarter Dome Air Hammock ($219)

Two must-haves for a weekend among the trees — in one comfy product. This hammock-turned-tent is surprisingly simple to assemble and offers a relaxing place to rest your head, courtesy of the sturdy tension lines. It has a mesh canopy to keep bugs out, a removable rain cover to battle bad weather, an interior pocket to hold a phone or water bottle and a large entrance to seamlessly slip in and out. Just want to lounge in the backyard? Flip it over for a more traditional hammock sans overlay. Holiday Gift Ideas: The North Face Ventrix Jacket

23. For the Outdoor Workout Warrior: The North Face Ventrix Jacket ($199)

When temperatures plummet, but treadmills aren’t appealing, it’s time to put on this high-tech jacket. It offers warmth when you need it and breathability when you don’t. The synthetic water-resistant materials give it a stretchy fit, while ventilation in key areas stops overheating in typically sweaty spots. It’s the ideal coat for hiking, trail running, rock climbing — or just running errands around town. Holiday Gift Ideas: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 GPS + Cellular

24. For the Mile Chaser: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 GPS + Cellular ($399)

By now you’ve heard all about the Apple Watch Series 3, which can receive calls and texts from the trails to the surf, and track the real intensity of your HIIT and swim workouts. Opt for the Nike+ integration, though, and your run life will get a major upgrade. In addition to tracking distance, pace and elevation via GPS and altimeter, runners can now experience audio guided sessions with their favorite Nike run coaches and world-class athletes. Too cold to brave the open road? Hit the treadmill or elliptical — your watch will pair with compatible gym equipment. Waiting for you on the other end: celebratory cheers and emojis from friends. Holiday Gift Ideas: Helly Hansen W Ten-Below HT Sneaker Boot

25. For the Winter Wanderer: Helly Hansen W Ten-Below HT ($130)

What if we combined the warmth of a snow boot with the comfort of a training shoe? You’d get these weatherproof kicks, so cozy they’re like a jacket for your feet. Come winter, the functional features will make all the difference, including Primaloft insulation and a waterproof membrane, multi-directional lugs for superior traction, and a cushioned midsole for all-day wear. Holiday Gift Ideas: Mountain Standard Women’s Hybrid Bomber

26. For the Sporty Traveler: Mountain Standard Women’s Hybrid Bomber $158)

Buy this jacket for its trendy lifestyle look; keep it for years thanks to its technical features. Made with primaloft insulation, it offers top-notch warmth for the streets and trails — without the weight. It also features fleece side paneling for extra coziness. And with a water-resistant and no-rip coating, you won’t need to worry about damaging it while clocking miles and climbing peaks.     Holiday Gift Ideas: Samsung Gear IconX

27. For the Musically Motivated: Samsung Gear IconX ($200)

Completely wire-free earbuds, at your fitness service. These tiny music players offer five hours of battery life while streaming pump-up tunes, and seven hours in standalone mode (it holds 4GB of data). For all the runners and walkers out there, pop these in and get moving — the automatic activity tracker will record distance, pace and calories. With a simple tap, you can also change music volume and skip or replay tracks. Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase. Read More 8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Workout Goals 10 Genius iPhone Hacks to Boost Your Productivity The Top Sneakers for Every Workout

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8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Workout Goals https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-fitness-watches-trackers/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:15:45 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=63092

8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Workout Goals

You’ve probably heard there’s strength in numbers. Well, we’re making a case for keeping those numbers right on your wrist. These top eight fitness watches track the typical steps and sleep, but take that a pace further with in-depth workout analysis and smart features that make healthy living a little easier. After crushing a tough fitness class, you’ll see just how much work you put in  — and how much harder you can push. And when you don’t feel like stopping your Stranger Things binge, you’ll get a little nudge to get up, get out and get working toward a new health-enhancing goal. Because sometimes all it takes is a little arm candy — complete with water, workout and sleep reminders — to feel like a million bucks.

RELATED: Fall Shoe Guide: The Top Sneakers for Every Workout

8 Fitness Watches to Help You Crush Every Goal

Best Fitness Watches: Apple Watch Series 3

1. Motivation on Your Wrist: Apple Watch Series 3 (from $329) 

Why we love it: It’s the high-tech watch that lets you do everything sans cell.

The highly anticipated Apple Watch Series 3 gives you even more reasons to squeeze sweat sessions into your schedule. In addition to setting the daily goal of closing all three rings — active calories, exercise minutes and standing time — it offers reminders and motivation to do so. And with the update, it now provides more workout options to choose from. This includes everything from running and swimming to high-intensity interval training and hiking. What’s more: Because this version has built-in cellular capabilities, you can still make calls, send texts, talk to Siri and stream music while you’re out chasing miles. Or you know, catching waves on your surfboard.

Best Fitness Watches: Fitbit Ionic

2. Everything You Want in a Smart Watch: Fitbit Ionic ($300)

Why we love it: You get a smartwatch, fitness tracker and wallet in one.

A stand-out feature on Fitbit fitness watches has always been automatic activity tracking. It can detect when your running, biking or walking and will auto pause when necessary. But this new smart watch also offers more accurate workout numbers when you choose among running, biking, swimming, treadmill or weights to record your calorie burn, distance and pace — no phone necessary. You can even choose workout moves to mimic right from the watch screen if you’re at a loss at the gym. Plus, it provides auto sleep tracking and storage for up to 300 songs. Want to grab a post-run smoothie, without having to bring your wallet? Upload your bank info and use the watch face to pay up.

RELATED: 7 Expert Tips for Pacing Yourself on the Run

Best Fitness Watches: Epson ProSense 307

3. Your Workout Analyzer: Epson ProSense 307 ($249)

Why we love it: You get the personalized workout info you always wanted, but didn’t know where to find.

Welcome the watch that gives you nearly every workout detail you could possibly need, right on your wrist. Besides the basics in steps and sleep, you can see how much time you spend in different heart rate zones during your workouts (and throughout your whole day) within the Epson View app. For runs, you also get stats on splits, cadence (important for proper run form), speed, stride length, time you should take to recover and how your workout affects your lactate threshold. While biking, you can also find out how fast you’re pedaling, plus elevation gains and steep descents. And for swimming, you can see your stroke rate and constant heart rate updates — a stat other trackers often can’t read.

Best Fitness Watches: Polar M430

4. Run to the Finish Line Faster: Polar M430 ($230)

Why we love it: You get all the info you need to train efficiently.

Have your sights set on a PR? You’ll want to train with this Polar run watch. Take a five-minute test and it’ll calculate your VO2 max — a marker of fitness, which you’ll see improve as you train. The tracker also determines the training benefit of each run, whether it increased your sprint speed or helped build on your endurance. It’ll even reveal you how much downtime you need to properly recover so you don’t over- or under-train. And when it’s almost time to toe the start line? Check your wrist for your predicted race finish time, which it determines based on your workout performances. The smarter you train, the faster you finish — and this watch helps guide you to victory.

RELATED: 263 Races for Every Distance and Destination

Best Fitness Watches: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

5. Music, GPS and More: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro ($200)

Why we love it: It has all the big features, but in a smaller package.

Built-in GPS, up to 500-song storage and constant heart rate monitoring mean this sleek and sporty Samsung band provides all the features you’d want from a smart watch, without looking big and bulky. Samsung has also teamed up with Under Armour so you can seamlessly sync your workouts from MapMyRun or MapMyFitness, while easily keeping an eye on your heart rate training zones. Beyond exercise, you can also track of your water and caffeine intake, complete with alerts if you’re under or over your set liquid goals.

Best Fitness Watches: Garmin Vivomove HR

6. Fashion and Function: Garmin Vivomove HR ($200)

Why we love it: It’s pretty enough to wear every day, while still providing heart rate, calories — even stress levels.

This Garmin timepiece offers more than a chic way to stay on schedule. While it looks like a regular watch, it has digital messages on the bottom that show your heart rate, steps, active minutes and where you fall on the stress scale. With the corresponding Garmin Connect app, you can get more details on your day, including when you hit higher anxiety levels, your resting heart rate and total calories burned. Plus, you get sleep stats, VO2 max readings, an interval timer and battery life of up to five days when in smart watch mode.

Best Fitness Watches: Timex Ironman GPS

7. Record Every Cardio Session: Timex Ironman GPS ($100)

Why we love it: You’ll find it super easy to use and light on the wallet. 

Don’t let the Ironman name fool you. This Timex watch is meant to track every swim, bike and run, whether you go for one mile or 100. Its modest design and user-friendly functionality allows you to easily track mileage, average pace and total time while you’re on the move. (One caveat: You do have to upload your info to your computer to see your final stat details.) With the click of a button, you can also quickly toggle between workout modes — great for multi-sports stars. To top it off, this watch won’t break the bank, especially when compared to other sport bands.

RELATED: 50 Running Resources for Speed, Strength and Nutrition

Best Fitness Watches: Misfit Flare

8. Straightforward Stats: Misfit Flare ($60)

Why we love it: It’s budget-friendly with all the basics, plus a more convenient battery.

If you want a tracker you can simply strap on and get stepping, this Misfit is the perfect match. Thanks to its watch battery, you don’t have to worry about taking it off to charge — the power will last about four months. In addition to tracking steps, sleep and calories burned, you can log all your favorite physical activities from yoga to running to swimming. The smart button also lets you snap selfies, flip on the lights or find your cell. Trend setters and minimalists will also appreciate the discreet, stylish band.

Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

Read More
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3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginners
The 15 Most Underrated Exercises, According to Trainers

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8 Fitness Watches to Elevate Your Workout Goals
You’ve probably heard there’s strength in numbers. Well, we’re making a case for keeping those numbers right on your wrist. These top eight fitness watches track the typical steps and sleep, but take that a pace further with in-depth workout analysis and smart features that make healthy living a little easier. After crushing a tough fitness class, you’ll see just how much work you put in  — and how much harder you can push. And when you don’t feel like stopping your Stranger Things binge, you’ll get a little nudge to get up, get out and get working toward a new health-enhancing goal. Because sometimes all it takes is a little arm candy — complete with water, workout and sleep reminders — to feel like a million bucks. RELATED: Fall Shoe Guide: The Top Sneakers for Every Workout

8 Fitness Watches to Help You Crush Every Goal

Best Fitness Watches: Apple Watch Series 3

1. Motivation on Your Wrist: Apple Watch Series 3 (from $329) 

Why we love it: It’s the high-tech watch that lets you do everything sans cell. The highly anticipated Apple Watch Series 3 gives you even more reasons to squeeze sweat sessions into your schedule. In addition to setting the daily goal of closing all three rings — active calories, exercise minutes and standing time — it offers reminders and motivation to do so. And with the update, it now provides more workout options to choose from. This includes everything from running and swimming to high-intensity interval training and hiking. What’s more: Because this version has built-in cellular capabilities, you can still make calls, send texts, talk to Siri and stream music while you’re out chasing miles. Or you know, catching waves on your surfboard. Best Fitness Watches: Fitbit Ionic

2. Everything You Want in a Smart Watch: Fitbit Ionic ($300)

Why we love it: You get a smartwatch, fitness tracker and wallet in one. A stand-out feature on Fitbit fitness watches has always been automatic activity tracking. It can detect when your running, biking or walking and will auto pause when necessary. But this new smart watch also offers more accurate workout numbers when you choose among running, biking, swimming, treadmill or weights to record your calorie burn, distance and pace — no phone necessary. You can even choose workout moves to mimic right from the watch screen if you’re at a loss at the gym. Plus, it provides auto sleep tracking and storage for up to 300 songs. Want to grab a post-run smoothie, without having to bring your wallet? Upload your bank info and use the watch face to pay up. RELATED: 7 Expert Tips for Pacing Yourself on the Run Best Fitness Watches: Epson ProSense 307

3. Your Workout Analyzer: Epson ProSense 307 ($249)

Why we love it: You get the personalized workout info you always wanted, but didn’t know where to find. Welcome the watch that gives you nearly every workout detail you could possibly need, right on your wrist. Besides the basics in steps and sleep, you can see how much time you spend in different heart rate zones during your workouts (and throughout your whole day) within the Epson View app. For runs, you also get stats on splits, cadence (important for proper run form), speed, stride length, time you should take to recover and how your workout affects your lactate threshold. While biking, you can also find out how fast you’re pedaling, plus elevation gains and steep descents. And for swimming, you can see your stroke rate and constant heart rate updates — a stat other trackers often can’t read. Best Fitness Watches: Polar M430

4. Run to the Finish Line Faster: Polar M430 ($230)

Why we love it: You get all the info you need to train efficiently. Have your sights set on a PR? You’ll want to train with this Polar run watch. Take a five-minute test and it’ll calculate your VO2 max — a marker of fitness, which you’ll see improve as you train. The tracker also determines the training benefit of each run, whether it increased your sprint speed or helped build on your endurance. It’ll even reveal you how much downtime you need to properly recover so you don’t over- or under-train. And when it’s almost time to toe the start line? Check your wrist for your predicted race finish time, which it determines based on your workout performances. The smarter you train, the faster you finish — and this watch helps guide you to victory. RELATED: 263 Races for Every Distance and Destination Best Fitness Watches: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

5. Music, GPS and More: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro ($200)

Why we love it: It has all the big features, but in a smaller package. Built-in GPS, up to 500-song storage and constant heart rate monitoring mean this sleek and sporty Samsung band provides all the features you’d want from a smart watch, without looking big and bulky. Samsung has also teamed up with Under Armour so you can seamlessly sync your workouts from MapMyRun or MapMyFitness, while easily keeping an eye on your heart rate training zones. Beyond exercise, you can also track of your water and caffeine intake, complete with alerts if you’re under or over your set liquid goals. Best Fitness Watches: Garmin Vivomove HR

6. Fashion and Function: Garmin Vivomove HR ($200)

Why we love it: It’s pretty enough to wear every day, while still providing heart rate, calories — even stress levels. This Garmin timepiece offers more than a chic way to stay on schedule. While it looks like a regular watch, it has digital messages on the bottom that show your heart rate, steps, active minutes and where you fall on the stress scale. With the corresponding Garmin Connect app, you can get more details on your day, including when you hit higher anxiety levels, your resting heart rate and total calories burned. Plus, you get sleep stats, VO2 max readings, an interval timer and battery life of up to five days when in smart watch mode. Best Fitness Watches: Timex Ironman GPS

7. Record Every Cardio Session: Timex Ironman GPS ($100)

Why we love it: You’ll find it super easy to use and light on the wallet.  Don’t let the Ironman name fool you. This Timex watch is meant to track every swim, bike and run, whether you go for one mile or 100. Its modest design and user-friendly functionality allows you to easily track mileage, average pace and total time while you’re on the move. (One caveat: You do have to upload your info to your computer to see your final stat details.) With the click of a button, you can also quickly toggle between workout modes — great for multi-sports stars. To top it off, this watch won’t break the bank, especially when compared to other sport bands. RELATED: 50 Running Resources for Speed, Strength and Nutrition Best Fitness Watches: Misfit Flare

8. Straightforward Stats: Misfit Flare ($60)

Why we love it: It’s budget-friendly with all the basics, plus a more convenient battery. If you want a tracker you can simply strap on and get stepping, this Misfit is the perfect match. Thanks to its watch battery, you don’t have to worry about taking it off to charge — the power will last about four months. In addition to tracking steps, sleep and calories burned, you can log all your favorite physical activities from yoga to running to swimming. The smart button also lets you snap selfies, flip on the lights or find your cell. Trend setters and minimalists will also appreciate the discreet, stylish band. Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase. Read More 10 Genius iPhone Hacks to Boost Your Productivity 3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginners The 15 Most Underrated Exercises, According to Trainers

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10 Genius iPhone Hacks to Boost Your Productivity https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/iphone-hacks-boost-productivity-stat/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/iphone-hacks-boost-productivity-stat/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:15:11 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=62447 iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity_

[caption id="attachment_62456" align="alignnone" width="620"]10 Genius iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

If you’re reading this in the palm of your hand, it’s probably tough to remember the days you weren’t tethered to your iPhone. But when it comes to smartphones, there’s a fine line between “useful tool for getting things done” and “all-mighty controller of your entire life.” And if you prefer the former, then it’s time to reassess your technology habits. That’s why we’ve tapped four tech experts for their best-kept iPhone hacks to ensure your device boosts productivity — instead of harming it. We’ll double tap to that.

RELATED: 8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal)

10 Easy iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity

1. Define what “productivity” means to you.

“In my view, productivity isn’t simply about getting a lot of things done,” says Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners and author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work. “It’s about getting the right things done. The only way you know if you’re getting the right things done is if you’re thoughtful about what it is that’s most important to you.”

Once you’ve identified that, ask yourself, “How can my iPhone give me traction in what I care about most?” Bergman says. For example, if your priority is spending time with your kids, set a special ring on your phone that’s different for your kids than anyone else. That way you’ll know to prioritize those calls.

2. Schedule everything — even the obvious.

Bregman is teased for scheduling lunch dates with his wife on his calendar, but he insists there’s no better way to lock in what matters most. “It might seem weird, but you’ve got to put that stuff in your calendar,” he says. “There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that says if you decide when and where you’re going to do something, then you’ll do it.”

iCal, Gmail — choose whichever works best. And factor in which will sync best with your work calendar, or shared calendars with family members. Getting everything in one place will save you extra headspace.

RELATED: Boost Productivity with This Feng Shui Office Makeover

3. Get picky about your apps.

“Don’t download an app without having a need first,” says Peggy Duncan, Personal Productivity Expert and Founder and Lead Trainer at The Digital BreakThroughs Institute. “Figure out what you need to do while on mobile, then find the app that’ll help. [Then] group similar apps using broad categories. This works better than app overload.” Duncan’s favorite functional apps include: PDF Converter for converting documents to PDFs; Copier for copying and pasting text from various sources to use later; and Duet Display for using the iPhone as a dual monitor with a laptop while traveling.

4. Keep an uncluttered home screen.

“The best way I’ve found to minimize distractions on my iPhone is to keep the home screen as lean as possible,” says Michael Simon, a Staff Writer at MacWorld. Much like Duncan, he’s discovered the power of minimizing the number of apps across his entire device. “I used to have hundreds of apps in folders across multiple pages, but these days I try to keep things limited to the apps I absolutely need,” he says. “And if there’s one that's sucking too much time, I’ll just delete it.”

[caption id="attachment_41639" align="alignnone" width="620"]iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity Photo: Pond5[/caption]

5. Let your phone hold your thoughts — so you don’t have to.

“Most people have their iPhone with them virtually all the time, so it makes a handy tool for externally capturing what's on your mind,” says John Forrister, a Utility Player at the David Allen Company. "Don't discriminate — big ideas or small, they should be quickly captured in some version of a digital inbox where you can decide if there's action later. You can send yourself a quick email, use an app that sends you email, or put them in the “inbox” of your list management app,” Forrister says. “The key is to make sure they land in some type of an inbox that you will go through within 24 to 48 hours, so your mind can let go of the tracking job.”

RELATED: 3 Guided Meditations for Productivity, Sleep and Cravings

6. Only do work on your phone that works well on your phone.

“You can be more productive by noticing what you like to do on your iPhone, and what you don’t like as much,” says Forrister. “Yes, there’s an app for almost everything. Even so, there are some things that are easier on a bigger screen, or two bigger screens. If you’re doing something that feels like more work than it needs to be, consider switching to an activity that fits the iPhone screen and interface better.”

7. Distinguish between “emergency scanning” versus organizing emails.

“It’s tempting to look at email on the iPhone when you’re away from your computer,” says Forrister. “Quickly scanning to see if something time-sensitive has shown up can be productive if it allows you to communicate or handle work now that would take more effort later.”

What that doesn’t mean? “Going through each email in your inbox, deciding if it’s actionable, adding that action to a list, then filing or deleting the email,” Forrister warns. “If you know that an email is not timely, and you know that you’re not going to fully clarify its meaning and organize it in your system, don’t spend your time on it until you are ready to process it to completion… Be smart about whether you want to do that on the iPhone or back at your computer.”

8. Sync your phone with other devices.

“I always have my iPhone with me, so it needs to be loaded with everything I need to get things done, both on the phone and in sync with my other devices,” says Simon. “Outlook, Gmail and Slack are a must, but my secret weapon is iA Writer. I have it installed on my Mac, iPad and iPhone. And with Dropbox integration, I can jump to one of my Android phones or my Chromebook too and pick up right where I left off. It’s the first app I install on any new device I get.”

RELATED: The 9 Best Apps for Guided Meditation

9. Get familiar with your iPhone’s “secret” functions.

The iPhone comes equipped with a variety of tricks that most people don’t even know about. That means you might be missing out on enhanced functionalities as a result. Here are a few of Duncan’s favorite functions:

  • Shake your iPhone to get the option to Undo. Note: This feature has to be turned on by going to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  • Use your device as a magnifying glass. Open the Camera app and tap the phone’s Home button three times to activate the magnifier. Once you see what you need, tap the round, white button to freeze. Then pinch the image to expand it. Activate this feature using the same steps described in the previous tip.
  • Go back to the top of the screen by tapping your device at the top. (It’s near where the time is.)
  • Take a photo while you're recording a video with the help of the white button to the left of the Record button. Tap it, and you'll take a photo without disrupting the recording.

10. Don’t let your iPhone bug you

“The most productive way to use your phone during a time when you’re doing the thing that is most important for you to do… is to not use your phone,” says Bregman. “When you’re doing the thing you most want to do — writing a chapter in your book, spending time with family, or in a meeting for your business — that’s when you want to shut your phone off. That’s when you want no distractions.”

Ask yourself, “Is your technology bothering you, or are you bothering your technology?” Bregman says. “We should be in a situation mostly where we’re bothering our technology.”

And keep in mind, willpower alone usually isn't enough to pry you away, says Bregman. Instead, eliminate the choice. For example, “If you don’t want to be on your phone while you’re driving, put it in the trunk. If you need it for navigation, then use Do Not Disturb while driving.”

Bottom line: “Use the technology to create an environment that makes it more likely you’re going to do what you’re going to do,” says Bregman. “That often means disabling the technology. Otherwise it’s going to nag you.”

Read More
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iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity_

[caption id="attachment_62456" align="alignnone" width="620"]10 Genius iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity Photo: Twenty20[/caption] If you’re reading this in the palm of your hand, it’s probably tough to remember the days you weren’t tethered to your iPhone. But when it comes to smartphones, there’s a fine line between “useful tool for getting things done” and “all-mighty controller of your entire life.” And if you prefer the former, then it’s time to reassess your technology habits. That’s why we’ve tapped four tech experts for their best-kept iPhone hacks to ensure your device boosts productivity — instead of harming it. We’ll double tap to that. RELATED: 8 Signs You’re Way Too Stressed (and How to Deal)

10 Easy iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity

1. Define what “productivity” means to you.

“In my view, productivity isn’t simply about getting a lot of things done,” says Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners and author of Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work. “It’s about getting the right things done. The only way you know if you’re getting the right things done is if you’re thoughtful about what it is that’s most important to you.” Once you’ve identified that, ask yourself, “How can my iPhone give me traction in what I care about most?” Bergman says. For example, if your priority is spending time with your kids, set a special ring on your phone that’s different for your kids than anyone else. That way you’ll know to prioritize those calls.

2. Schedule everything — even the obvious.

Bregman is teased for scheduling lunch dates with his wife on his calendar, but he insists there’s no better way to lock in what matters most. “It might seem weird, but you’ve got to put that stuff in your calendar,” he says. “There’s a tremendous amount of evidence that says if you decide when and where you’re going to do something, then you’ll do it.” iCal, Gmail — choose whichever works best. And factor in which will sync best with your work calendar, or shared calendars with family members. Getting everything in one place will save you extra headspace. RELATED: Boost Productivity with This Feng Shui Office Makeover

3. Get picky about your apps.

“Don’t download an app without having a need first,” says Peggy Duncan, Personal Productivity Expert and Founder and Lead Trainer at The Digital BreakThroughs Institute. “Figure out what you need to do while on mobile, then find the app that’ll help. [Then] group similar apps using broad categories. This works better than app overload.” Duncan’s favorite functional apps include: PDF Converter for converting documents to PDFs; Copier for copying and pasting text from various sources to use later; and Duet Display for using the iPhone as a dual monitor with a laptop while traveling.

4. Keep an uncluttered home screen.

“The best way I’ve found to minimize distractions on my iPhone is to keep the home screen as lean as possible,” says Michael Simon, a Staff Writer at MacWorld. Much like Duncan, he’s discovered the power of minimizing the number of apps across his entire device. “I used to have hundreds of apps in folders across multiple pages, but these days I try to keep things limited to the apps I absolutely need,” he says. “And if there’s one that's sucking too much time, I’ll just delete it.” [caption id="attachment_41639" align="alignnone" width="620"]iPhone Hacks to Boost Productivity Photo: Pond5[/caption]

5. Let your phone hold your thoughts — so you don’t have to.

“Most people have their iPhone with them virtually all the time, so it makes a handy tool for externally capturing what's on your mind,” says John Forrister, a Utility Player at the David Allen Company. "Don't discriminate — big ideas or small, they should be quickly captured in some version of a digital inbox where you can decide if there's action later. You can send yourself a quick email, use an app that sends you email, or put them in the “inbox” of your list management app,” Forrister says. “The key is to make sure they land in some type of an inbox that you will go through within 24 to 48 hours, so your mind can let go of the tracking job.” RELATED: 3 Guided Meditations for Productivity, Sleep and Cravings

6. Only do work on your phone that works well on your phone.

“You can be more productive by noticing what you like to do on your iPhone, and what you don’t like as much,” says Forrister. “Yes, there’s an app for almost everything. Even so, there are some things that are easier on a bigger screen, or two bigger screens. If you’re doing something that feels like more work than it needs to be, consider switching to an activity that fits the iPhone screen and interface better.”

7. Distinguish between “emergency scanning” versus organizing emails.

“It’s tempting to look at email on the iPhone when you’re away from your computer,” says Forrister. “Quickly scanning to see if something time-sensitive has shown up can be productive if it allows you to communicate or handle work now that would take more effort later.” What that doesn’t mean? “Going through each email in your inbox, deciding if it’s actionable, adding that action to a list, then filing or deleting the email,” Forrister warns. “If you know that an email is not timely, and you know that you’re not going to fully clarify its meaning and organize it in your system, don’t spend your time on it until you are ready to process it to completion… Be smart about whether you want to do that on the iPhone or back at your computer.”

8. Sync your phone with other devices.

“I always have my iPhone with me, so it needs to be loaded with everything I need to get things done, both on the phone and in sync with my other devices,” says Simon. “Outlook, Gmail and Slack are a must, but my secret weapon is iA Writer. I have it installed on my Mac, iPad and iPhone. And with Dropbox integration, I can jump to one of my Android phones or my Chromebook too and pick up right where I left off. It’s the first app I install on any new device I get.” RELATED: The 9 Best Apps for Guided Meditation

9. Get familiar with your iPhone’s “secret” functions.

The iPhone comes equipped with a variety of tricks that most people don’t even know about. That means you might be missing out on enhanced functionalities as a result. Here are a few of Duncan’s favorite functions:
  • Shake your iPhone to get the option to Undo. Note: This feature has to be turned on by going to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  • Use your device as a magnifying glass. Open the Camera app and tap the phone’s Home button three times to activate the magnifier. Once you see what you need, tap the round, white button to freeze. Then pinch the image to expand it. Activate this feature using the same steps described in the previous tip.
  • Go back to the top of the screen by tapping your device at the top. (It’s near where the time is.)
  • Take a photo while you're recording a video with the help of the white button to the left of the Record button. Tap it, and you'll take a photo without disrupting the recording.

10. Don’t let your iPhone bug you

“The most productive way to use your phone during a time when you’re doing the thing that is most important for you to do… is to not use your phone,” says Bregman. “When you’re doing the thing you most want to do — writing a chapter in your book, spending time with family, or in a meeting for your business — that’s when you want to shut your phone off. That’s when you want no distractions.” Ask yourself, “Is your technology bothering you, or are you bothering your technology?” Bregman says. “We should be in a situation mostly where we’re bothering our technology.” And keep in mind, willpower alone usually isn't enough to pry you away, says Bregman. Instead, eliminate the choice. For example, “If you don’t want to be on your phone while you’re driving, put it in the trunk. If you need it for navigation, then use Do Not Disturb while driving.” Bottom line: “Use the technology to create an environment that makes it more likely you’re going to do what you’re going to do,” says Bregman. “That often means disabling the technology. Otherwise it’s going to nag you.” Read More 8 DIY Projects to Get You Motivated What Mental Health Experts Do to De-Stress Single-Tasking: Less Stress, More Productivity?

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This Discreet Smartwatch Counts All Your Fitness Stats https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/martian-kindred-smartwatch-fitness-stats/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/martian-kindred-smartwatch-fitness-stats/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:15:47 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=61891

This Discreet Smartwatch Counts All Your Fitness Stats

It’s good to know how many steps you’ve taken in a day or how many hours of shut-eye you snagged last night. That way, you can strive to do better tomorrow. But if you want to know all your health stats, without broadcasting them to the world, we found the perfect smartwatch for you.

SCORE THIS DEAL: Martian Kindred mVip Hybrid Smartwatch ($80)

The Martian Kindred mVip Hybrid Smartwatch keeps all your numbers right on your wrist (and in the corresponding app), but it doesn’t boast a big sporty face or feel. By looking like a regular, super sleek timepiece, you can keep the fact that you’re slaying your step count or getting texts from your favorite friend, all to yourself. Plus, with nine different styles, you can find one to fit any wardrobe — even your favorite athleisure. (It’s durable enough to wear to the gym!)

Top features on the watch include various vibrations and LED color alerts so you know who’s contacting you, plus notifications from your most used fitness, social and news apps. Of course, you also get your step and sleep readings, which you can view by day, week or month. You can also take that post-workout sweaty selfie — without cutting out your classmates — simply by double tapping the face of the watch. To top it off, you can set notifications so you never leave your phone at home or so you can find your cell if you misplaced it. Because with all this info right at your fingertips, it’s easy to get a little sidetracked.

Click HERE to snag the Martian Kindred mVip Hybrid Smartwatch while its still 58% off!

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This Discreet Smartwatch Counts All Your Fitness Stats It’s good to know how many steps you’ve taken in a day or how many hours of shut-eye you snagged last night. That way, you can strive to do better tomorrow. But if you want to know all your health stats, without broadcasting them to the world, we found the perfect smartwatch for you.

SCORE THIS DEAL: Martian Kindred mVip Hybrid Smartwatch ($80)

The Martian Kindred mVip Hybrid Smartwatch keeps all your numbers right on your wrist (and in the corresponding app), but it doesn’t boast a big sporty face or feel. By looking like a regular, super sleek timepiece, you can keep the fact that you’re slaying your step count or getting texts from your favorite friend, all to yourself. Plus, with nine different styles, you can find one to fit any wardrobe — even your favorite athleisure. (It’s durable enough to wear to the gym!) Top features on the watch include various vibrations and LED color alerts so you know who’s contacting you, plus notifications from your most used fitness, social and news apps. Of course, you also get your step and sleep readings, which you can view by day, week or month. You can also take that post-workout sweaty selfie — without cutting out your classmates — simply by double tapping the face of the watch. To top it off, you can set notifications so you never leave your phone at home or so you can find your cell if you misplaced it. Because with all this info right at your fingertips, it’s easy to get a little sidetracked.

Click HERE to snag the Martian Kindred mVip Hybrid Smartwatch while its still 58% off!

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Rocketbook: The Smart Notebook That’ll Organize Your Life https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/rocketbook-smart-notebook/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/rocketbook-smart-notebook/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:15:15 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=61671

Rocketbook: The Smart Notebook That’ll Organize Your Lif

If you ever wished you could have your half-marathon training plan, meal prep schedules and to-do lists all in one place, you now have it with the Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook. This new and innovative smart notebook allows you to creatively organize your meeting minutes, appointments and to-dos. Forgot to add milk to your grocery list? Write it down on the Rocketbook with the Pilot FriXion pen, and it will store the message in your phone so you can pull up the full list at the store.

GET THE DEAL: Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook ($23)

You’ll also never have to waste post-its or worry about losing your notes again. The notebook has 80 pages, but you can reuse each page up to five times. Write what you want on the dotted lines, save it to the cloud and then erase it in the microwave. (Yup, your words melt right off!) At the bottom of each page, there are seven icons, where you can map your notes to the destination of your choice, whether it’s Dropbox, Google drive or even Slack.

Aside from keeping your lists and ideas in one place, you can use the Rocketbook like a true bullet journal. (Not familiar with the BuJu craze? You can read up on it here.) Unlike regular planners, bullet journaling allows you to creatively organize your past, present and future into logs. Think of it as the adult version of the Etch A Sketch, except it comes with an actual pen that you can use to decorate your bullet journal with drawings, helpful reminders and motivators.

Create a daily log to keep track of what you’ll do for the next 24 hours, a monthly log to lists tasks and goals you’ll tackle in 30 days, and a future log to give you a big picture view of the year ahead. When you look back at the end of the year to see what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be surprised to see how much you’ve done and thought of!

Click HERE to get your Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook for $23 (14% off)

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Rocketbook: The Smart Notebook That’ll Organize Your Lif If you ever wished you could have your half-marathon training plan, meal prep schedules and to-do lists all in one place, you now have it with the Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook. This new and innovative smart notebook allows you to creatively organize your meeting minutes, appointments and to-dos. Forgot to add milk to your grocery list? Write it down on the Rocketbook with the Pilot FriXion pen, and it will store the message in your phone so you can pull up the full list at the store.

GET THE DEAL: Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook ($23)

You’ll also never have to waste post-its or worry about losing your notes again. The notebook has 80 pages, but you can reuse each page up to five times. Write what you want on the dotted lines, save it to the cloud and then erase it in the microwave. (Yup, your words melt right off!) At the bottom of each page, there are seven icons, where you can map your notes to the destination of your choice, whether it’s Dropbox, Google drive or even Slack. Aside from keeping your lists and ideas in one place, you can use the Rocketbook like a true bullet journal. (Not familiar with the BuJu craze? You can read up on it here.) Unlike regular planners, bullet journaling allows you to creatively organize your past, present and future into logs. Think of it as the adult version of the Etch A Sketch, except it comes with an actual pen that you can use to decorate your bullet journal with drawings, helpful reminders and motivators. Create a daily log to keep track of what you’ll do for the next 24 hours, a monthly log to lists tasks and goals you’ll tackle in 30 days, and a future log to give you a big picture view of the year ahead. When you look back at the end of the year to see what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be surprised to see how much you’ve done and thought of! Click HERE to get your Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook for $23 (14% off) This post is brought to you by StackCommerce. We only select products we think you’ll love — at a price we hope you’ll love, too. If you decide to make a purchase, Life by Daily Burn may receive a small commission. More Deals The Best Activity Tracker You Can Get for Under $20 5 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Meal Prep Easy 5 Wireless Headphones to Tune Up Your Workouts

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The Best Activity Tracker You Can Get for Under $20 https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-affordable-activity-tracker/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-affordable-activity-tracker/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:15:51 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=61500

When it comes to workout gear, getting a new activity tracker may be last on your wish list. Those stylish high-tech leggings? Sold. Pressure-mapped sneakers? Size 7, please. But if you’re going to put your money into a high-quality fitness wearable that’ll take you from the gym to your day-to-day routine, it’s the Zunammy Fitness Tracker. The best part is you don’t need to break the bank to snag this exercise asset. At the low price of $19, you can save those extra dollars on that sports bra you’ve been eyeing.

Special Offer: Zunammy Fitness Tracker ($19)

Zunammy Activity Tracker

But even with an affordable price tag, this activity tracker doesn’t skimp on features. From monitoring your steps and mileage to tracking calories burned, the Zunammy Fitness Tracker is your official new swolemate.

And, your fitness routine isn’t the only thing it tracks. If you want to make sure you get enough zzz’s at night, this wearable collects data on your sleep patterns and helps you set up alarms to remind when it’s time to say goodnight. The wearable also syncs up with your smartphone, so you can receive text messages, calls and push notifications from your favorite apps.

Perhaps one of the other most appealing features of this tracker is its minimalist design. Unlike the chunky hardware on most fitness trackers, the band is simple and sleek and sports a small rectangular face that won’t overpower your athleisure of the day. After all, one recent study shows that people who wear fashionable fitness technology are more likely to use it. When you look good, you feel good, right?

Click HERE to get your Zunammy Fitness Tracker for $19 (62% off retail price).

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When it comes to workout gear, getting a new activity tracker may be last on your wish list. Those stylish high-tech leggings? Sold. Pressure-mapped sneakers? Size 7, please. But if you’re going to put your money into a high-quality fitness wearable that’ll take you from the gym to your day-to-day routine, it’s the Zunammy Fitness Tracker. The best part is you don’t need to break the bank to snag this exercise asset. At the low price of $19, you can save those extra dollars on that sports bra you’ve been eyeing.

Special Offer: Zunammy Fitness Tracker ($19)

Zunammy Activity Tracker But even with an affordable price tag, this activity tracker doesn’t skimp on features. From monitoring your steps and mileage to tracking calories burned, the Zunammy Fitness Tracker is your official new swolemate. And, your fitness routine isn’t the only thing it tracks. If you want to make sure you get enough zzz’s at night, this wearable collects data on your sleep patterns and helps you set up alarms to remind when it’s time to say goodnight. The wearable also syncs up with your smartphone, so you can receive text messages, calls and push notifications from your favorite apps. Perhaps one of the other most appealing features of this tracker is its minimalist design. Unlike the chunky hardware on most fitness trackers, the band is simple and sleek and sports a small rectangular face that won’t overpower your athleisure of the day. After all, one recent study shows that people who wear fashionable fitness technology are more likely to use it. When you look good, you feel good, right? Click HERE to get your Zunammy Fitness Tracker for $19 (62% off retail price). This post is brought to you by StackCommerce. We only select products we think you’ll love — at a price we hope you’ll love, too. If you decide to make a purchase, Life by Daily Burn may receive a small commission.

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5 Wireless Headphones to Tune Up Your Workouts https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/wireless-headphones-workouts/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/wireless-headphones-workouts/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:15:46 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=60720 5 Wireless Headphones to Tune Up Your Workouts

When you’re focused on nailing a kickboxing combo or lifting a barbell overhead, the last you want is to get tangled in a bunch of wires. These five wireless headphones will deliver heart-pumping music straight to your ears, so you can stay focused and get your groove on at the gym. Best of all, these hands-off headphones come in a variety of sizes so you don’t have to fidget or fuss over loose ear tips.

The 5 Best Wireless Headphones to Amp Up Your Workouts

Wireless Headphones: Treblab X11 Earphones

1. Best for Multi-Tasking: TREBLAB X11 Earphones $33

Whether you’re working out, running errands or preparing dinner, TRELAB’s X11 earphones are your best buds on super busy days. With passive noise cancellation and a built-in mic, you can also accept calls. These buds are compatible with all Bluetooth devices, so you can sync them up to smart watches, activity trackers, tablets and mobile devices. The best part? You’ll get a stellar deal with 83 percent off the original price!

Wireless Headphones: Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones

2. Best for Coaching: Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones $192

What’s better than any old pair of wireless headphones? One that tracks your workouts and gives you live feedback on your cadence, strokes, heart rate and more. These waterproof Bragi Dash earphones do all that, in addition to playing 1,000 tone-it-up tunes. Plus, the audio transparency feature is sensitive enough that you can hear when someone is trying to speak to you. And the noise isolation ensures you won’t miss the bass drop in every song.

Wireless Headphones: Hero True Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 Sport Earbuds

3. Best for Athletes: HERO True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Earbuds $95

If silence is your workout kryptonite, this pair of wireless HERO earbuds will save the day. Whether you’re racking up miles for a half-marathon or fine-tuning your fast-break footwork, these sweatproof headphones allow you to play, pause and skip songs for at least three hours. And thanks to the wireless charging case, you can power up the buds on the go.

Wireless Headphones: FresheBuds Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

4. Best for the Outdoors: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds $30

Sweatproof and water resistant, these FRESHeBUDS headphones are perfect for a beach day, trail run or hike. You can enjoy up to six hours of play time, as well as answer calls on the move. The hooks around the earbuds help secure them, while the lightweight wire rests along the nape of your neck.

Wireless Headphones: 1Voice Bluetooth Wirefree Earbuds

5. Best for Hi-Tech Minimalists: 1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds $53

These are the only headphones on the list with completely zero wires. Made for the tech-savvy athlete, these 1Voice earbuds are designed to comfortably fit into your ears without falling off. They give you the freedom to move around and play music for up to four hours. Each bud is equipped with a mic, Bluetooth chip and speaker for top sound quality.

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5 Wireless Headphones to Tune Up Your Workouts

When you’re focused on nailing a kickboxing combo or lifting a barbell overhead, the last you want is to get tangled in a bunch of wires. These five wireless headphones will deliver heart-pumping music straight to your ears, so you can stay focused and get your groove on at the gym. Best of all, these hands-off headphones come in a variety of sizes so you don’t have to fidget or fuss over loose ear tips.

The 5 Best Wireless Headphones to Amp Up Your Workouts

Wireless Headphones: Treblab X11 Earphones

1. Best for Multi-Tasking: TREBLAB X11 Earphones $33

Whether you’re working out, running errands or preparing dinner, TRELAB’s X11 earphones are your best buds on super busy days. With passive noise cancellation and a built-in mic, you can also accept calls. These buds are compatible with all Bluetooth devices, so you can sync them up to smart watches, activity trackers, tablets and mobile devices. The best part? You’ll get a stellar deal with 83 percent off the original price! Wireless Headphones: Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones

2. Best for Coaching: Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones $192

What’s better than any old pair of wireless headphones? One that tracks your workouts and gives you live feedback on your cadence, strokes, heart rate and more. These waterproof Bragi Dash earphones do all that, in addition to playing 1,000 tone-it-up tunes. Plus, the audio transparency feature is sensitive enough that you can hear when someone is trying to speak to you. And the noise isolation ensures you won’t miss the bass drop in every song. Wireless Headphones: Hero True Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 Sport Earbuds

3. Best for Athletes: HERO True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Earbuds $95

If silence is your workout kryptonite, this pair of wireless HERO earbuds will save the day. Whether you’re racking up miles for a half-marathon or fine-tuning your fast-break footwork, these sweatproof headphones allow you to play, pause and skip songs for at least three hours. And thanks to the wireless charging case, you can power up the buds on the go. Wireless Headphones: FresheBuds Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

4. Best for the Outdoors: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds $30

Sweatproof and water resistant, these FRESHeBUDS headphones are perfect for a beach day, trail run or hike. You can enjoy up to six hours of play time, as well as answer calls on the move. The hooks around the earbuds help secure them, while the lightweight wire rests along the nape of your neck. Wireless Headphones: 1Voice Bluetooth Wirefree Earbuds

5. Best for Hi-Tech Minimalists: 1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds $53

These are the only headphones on the list with completely zero wires. Made for the tech-savvy athlete, these 1Voice earbuds are designed to comfortably fit into your ears without falling off. They give you the freedom to move around and play music for up to four hours. Each bud is equipped with a mic, Bluetooth chip and speaker for top sound quality. This sponsored post is brought to you by StackCommerce. We only select products we think you’ll love — at a price we hope you’ll love, too. If you decide to make a purchase, Life by Daily Burn may receive a small commission.

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Want to Know Your Body Fat Percentage? Get This Scale https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/stack-scale-body-fat-percentage/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/stack-scale-body-fat-percentage/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:15:19 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=60676 Scale: Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale

Getting a solid picture of your health doesn’t just come down to the number you see on the scale. You’ll get an even better understanding by knowing more about your body composition — aka how much body fat you have, compared to lean tissue. In fact, studies show a link between low body fat percentage and a longer life.

Get 15% Off: Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale ($37.99)

Scale: Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale

Experts use several in-office methods to find out your precise fat to muscle ratio, but you can also track your numbers right at home. And you’re easiest option is a smart scale like the Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale, available to Life readers for just $37.99 (originally $44.99).

This wireless scale will not only tell you your weight, but it also uses bioelectrical impedance to reveal your percent body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and BMI (or your body mass index, which is your weight in relation to your height). Better yet, it tells you your water levels so you know if you need to add more H2O breaks to your day. And to top it off, the corresponding app suggests a daily calorie number to help you reach all of your health goals.

For those with multiple people under one roof, the scale also stores up to 10 users’ information. That way, everyone can track their stats at once. It’s all the information you need, right at your fingertips (or, toes).

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Scale: Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale

Getting a solid picture of your health doesn’t just come down to the number you see on the scale. You’ll get an even better understanding by knowing more about your body composition — aka how much body fat you have, compared to lean tissue. In fact, studies show a link between low body fat percentage and a longer life.

Get 15% Off: Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale ($37.99)

Scale: Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale Experts use several in-office methods to find out your precise fat to muscle ratio, but you can also track your numbers right at home. And you’re easiest option is a smart scale like the Kalorik Bluetooth Body Analysis Scale, available to Life readers for just $37.99 (originally $44.99). This wireless scale will not only tell you your weight, but it also uses bioelectrical impedance to reveal your percent body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and BMI (or your body mass index, which is your weight in relation to your height). Better yet, it tells you your water levels so you know if you need to add more H2O breaks to your day. And to top it off, the corresponding app suggests a daily calorie number to help you reach all of your health goals. For those with multiple people under one roof, the scale also stores up to 10 users’ information. That way, everyone can track their stats at once. It’s all the information you need, right at your fingertips (or, toes). This sponsored post is brought to you by StackCommerce. We only select products we think you’ll love — at a price we hope you’ll love, too. If you decide to make a purchase, Life by Daily Burn may receive a small commission.

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Stressed AF? Download This Meditation App for Instant Zen https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/stack-aura-meditation-app/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/stack-aura-meditation-app/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:15:57 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=60526 Stressed AF? Download This Meditation App to Feel Better ASAP: Aura Meditation App

We tend to dial up the intensity in our lives, whether it’s doing the toughest HIIT workout in town or taking on more than we can handle at work. But sometimes, we can benefit from slowing down. In an age when distractions invade every second of our lives, some silence can be a true luxury. And the easiest way to sound off is with some meditation.

Aura Meditation App: Lifetime Subscription (Just $59.99)

Stressed AF? Download This Meditation App to Feel Better ASAP: Aura Meditation AppStudies have shown that meditation can help reduce stress, improve productivity, boost memory and even inspire creativity. Meditation helps you bring more awareness around your thoughts, so you can better connect in the moment and resolve issues that come up. But it’s not totally intuitive how to do it on your own. That’s where the Aura Premium Meditation App comes in. And for a limited time, you can get a lifetime subscription, discounted from $399 to $59.99 (that’s 84% off!).

There are hundreds of free meditation apps out there, so why pick Aura? Whether you’re stressed, anxious, happy or depressed, Aura collects data around your mood patterns and takes into account your age, location and lifestyle. Aura analyzes this information so it can provide you with thoughtfully curated guided meditations that fit your specific needs. Choose from three-, seven- or 10-minute meditations, which are created by top meditation teachers and therapists. In addition to receiving meditations, you’ll also get daily reminders to take mindful breathers. Because who couldn’t use an excuse to chill?

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Stressed AF? Download This Meditation App to Feel Better ASAP: Aura Meditation App

We tend to dial up the intensity in our lives, whether it’s doing the toughest HIIT workout in town or taking on more than we can handle at work. But sometimes, we can benefit from slowing down. In an age when distractions invade every second of our lives, some silence can be a true luxury. And the easiest way to sound off is with some meditation.

Aura Meditation App: Lifetime Subscription (Just $59.99)

Stressed AF? Download This Meditation App to Feel Better ASAP: Aura Meditation AppStudies have shown that meditation can help reduce stress, improve productivity, boost memory and even inspire creativity. Meditation helps you bring more awareness around your thoughts, so you can better connect in the moment and resolve issues that come up. But it’s not totally intuitive how to do it on your own. That’s where the Aura Premium Meditation App comes in. And for a limited time, you can get a lifetime subscription, discounted from $399 to $59.99 (that’s 84% off!). There are hundreds of free meditation apps out there, so why pick Aura? Whether you’re stressed, anxious, happy or depressed, Aura collects data around your mood patterns and takes into account your age, location and lifestyle. Aura analyzes this information so it can provide you with thoughtfully curated guided meditations that fit your specific needs. Choose from three-, seven- or 10-minute meditations, which are created by top meditation teachers and therapists. In addition to receiving meditations, you’ll also get daily reminders to take mindful breathers. Because who couldn’t use an excuse to chill? This sponsored post is brought to you by StackCommerce. We only select products we think you’ll love — at a price we hope you’ll love, too. If you decide to make a purchase, Life by Daily Burn may receive a small commission.

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The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Every Wellness Junkie https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/stack-best-activity-trackers/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/stack-best-activity-trackers/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:15:23 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=60434 The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health

The new generation of activity trackers does more than just remind you to hit 10,000 steps every day. They track sleep stats and laps in the pool, and remind you when to sip more water. And if you’re not exactly the sporty type, this new crop of trackers feature chic, sleek designs that are sure to fit your personal sweat style.

6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Moov Now Personal Coach & Workout Tracker

1. Best Coaching: Moov Now Personal Coach & Workout Tracker ($49.95)

Think of the Moov workout tracker as your personal trainer on the go. Whether you’re doing push-ups or squats, this tracker will count reps and even give you tips on how to correct your form. And if you decide to go for a run or spin around the block, the powerful 3D motion sensors provide feedback on anything from lengthening your strides to engaging your core up a hill.

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Withings Steel Activity Tracker Watch

2. Best Style: Withings Activite Steel Activity Tracker Watch ($89.95)

If you don’t like the chunky bands and sporty faces that many activity trackers have, this chic wearable is made for you. The double-domed glass and silicone strap cater to the minimalist look. It tracks the number of steps you take, how far you ran or swam and how many hours you slept. With no buttons or lights, this Withings activity tracker is super streamlined and lasts up to eight months without needing a charge. The best part, it's 50 percent off!

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch

3. Best Features: Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch ($169.99)

Whether you’re jetting to your run club or your 10 o’clock dentist appointment, this smart watch will help you stick to your busy schedule. From setting meeting reminders to hailing Ubers, it’s equipped with a GPS tracker to help you know where you are and where you need to go at all times. Plus, it’s water-resistant and comes with a wireless charger to fire up your watch on-the-go.

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Withings Pulse 02 Activity Tracker

4. Best Versatility: Withings Pulse 02 Activity Tracker ($59.95)

Being fitter and healthier goes beyond counting steps and burning calories. Thanks to this Withings Pulse 02 tracker, you can monitor your heart rate, sleep cycles, metabolic rate and blood oxygen levels, too. Its stripped-down design allows you to wear it on your wrist or clip it to your workout leggings. 

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Striiv Fusion Activity & Sleep Tracker

5. Best All-in-One: Striiv Fusion Activity & Sleep Tracker ($49.99)

If you want all the bells and whistles of a high-tech smartwatch with the sleek and stylish design of a tracker, Striiv’s Fusion Activity Tracker is the way to go. In addition to tracking your steps, calories burned and time you’ve been active, this wearable reminds you when it’s time to snooze and wake up. The wider touchscreen allows you to read text messages and emails, while answering calls. Yes to getting things done!

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Fitness Activity Tracker Smart Wristband

6. Best Value: Fitness Activity Tracker Smart Wristband ($17.99)

You don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a quality activity tracker. This affordable tracker records your exercise and sleep patterns. It knows when you need to drink more water, take your medicine or simply stand up, and will alert you. And if you can’t reach for your smartphone, you can receive calls and texts, and helps you GPS it when it’s gone missing.

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The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health

The new generation of activity trackers does more than just remind you to hit 10,000 steps every day. They track sleep stats and laps in the pool, and remind you when to sip more water. And if you’re not exactly the sporty type, this new crop of trackers feature chic, sleek designs that are sure to fit your personal sweat style.

6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health

The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Moov Now Personal Coach & Workout Tracker

1. Best Coaching: Moov Now Personal Coach & Workout Tracker ($49.95)

Think of the Moov workout tracker as your personal trainer on the go. Whether you’re doing push-ups or squats, this tracker will count reps and even give you tips on how to correct your form. And if you decide to go for a run or spin around the block, the powerful 3D motion sensors provide feedback on anything from lengthening your strides to engaging your core up a hill. The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Withings Steel Activity Tracker Watch

2. Best Style: Withings Activite Steel Activity Tracker Watch ($89.95)

If you don’t like the chunky bands and sporty faces that many activity trackers have, this chic wearable is made for you. The double-domed glass and silicone strap cater to the minimalist look. It tracks the number of steps you take, how far you ran or swam and how many hours you slept. With no buttons or lights, this Withings activity tracker is super streamlined and lasts up to eight months without needing a charge. The best part, it's 50 percent off! The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch

3. Best Features: Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch ($169.99)

Whether you’re jetting to your run club or your 10 o’clock dentist appointment, this smart watch will help you stick to your busy schedule. From setting meeting reminders to hailing Ubers, it’s equipped with a GPS tracker to help you know where you are and where you need to go at all times. Plus, it’s water-resistant and comes with a wireless charger to fire up your watch on-the-go. The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Withings Pulse 02 Activity Tracker

4. Best Versatility: Withings Pulse 02 Activity Tracker ($59.95)

Being fitter and healthier goes beyond counting steps and burning calories. Thanks to this Withings Pulse 02 tracker, you can monitor your heart rate, sleep cycles, metabolic rate and blood oxygen levels, too. Its stripped-down design allows you to wear it on your wrist or clip it to your workout leggings.  The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Striiv Fusion Activity & Sleep Tracker

5. Best All-in-One: Striiv Fusion Activity & Sleep Tracker ($49.99)

If you want all the bells and whistles of a high-tech smartwatch with the sleek and stylish design of a tracker, Striiv’s Fusion Activity Tracker is the way to go. In addition to tracking your steps, calories burned and time you’ve been active, this wearable reminds you when it’s time to snooze and wake up. The wider touchscreen allows you to read text messages and emails, while answering calls. Yes to getting things done! The 6 Best Activity Trackers for Better Health: Fitness Activity Tracker Smart Wristband

6. Best Value: Fitness Activity Tracker Smart Wristband ($17.99)

You don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a quality activity tracker. This affordable tracker records your exercise and sleep patterns. It knows when you need to drink more water, take your medicine or simply stand up, and will alert you. And if you can’t reach for your smartphone, you can receive calls and texts, and helps you GPS it when it’s gone missing. This sponsored post is brought to you by StackCommerce. We only select products we think you’ll love — at a price we hope you’ll love, too. If you decide to make a purchase, Life by Daily Burn may receive a small commission.

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15 Top Picks for Tri Gear If You’re on a Budget or a Baller https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/triathlon-gear-every-budget/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/triathlon-gear-every-budget/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:15:37 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=60045 Your Guide to Triathlon Gear for Every Budget

Your Guide to Triathlon Gear for Every Budget

If you’re giving the triathlon a go for the first time, getting all the necessary gear can seem a little overwhelming — not to mention super pricey. These races do involve three different sports, after all. While you’re always going to need to haul a bunch of belongings to your spot in the transition area, you don’t have to put a serious dent in your bank account to get there. Read on for our top picks for affordable swim, bike and run gear. Plus, find fancier, advanced-tech pieces for those looking to push their multi-sport performance into high gear. 

RELATED: The 12 Best Bikes for Every Type of Rider

Swim, Bike, Run: Your Guide to Triathlon Gear for Every Budget

Affordable Swim Essentials

Top Triathlon Gear: Speedo MDR 2.4 polarized goggles

1. Speedo MDR 2.4 polarized goggles
These bestselling goggles by Speedo boast large, anti-fog lenses that stretch over your eye socket for a comfortable fit that keeps water out. They’re also polarized to help cut glare on sunny race-day mornings. ($33, speedousa.com)

Top Triathlon Gear: 2XU A:1 Active Wetsuit

2. 2XU A:1 Active wetsuit
You could always rent a wetsuit from a local triathlon shop — you will definitely want one in open water — but to have one of your own, go for this one by 2XU. It features a thickened, coated chest panel meant to keep you higher in the water, and therefore reduce drag and pick up the pace. The strap connected to the back zipper also makes it easy to slip in and out of the wetsuit so you can cut your transition time. ($300, 2xu.com)

RELATED: 3 Swimming Workouts for Every Skill Level

Splurge-Worthy Wetsuit

Top Triathlon Gear: Roka Maverick X Wetsuit

3. Roka Maverick X wetsuit
If you want a seriously efficient stroke, snag this high-end, worth-the-steep-price-tag model by Roka. Designed with an arms-up construction, it gives you the flexibility and freedom to move fast. And when you start feeling fatigued, the internal taping offers support for your core, helping you maintain proper form as you freestyle. The neoprene is also super durable, so you can wear it swim after swim after swim. ($900, roka.com)

RELATED: How to Conquer Your Fear of Open Water Swimming

Budget-Friendly Must-Buys for Biking

Top Triathlon Gear: Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra bike

4. Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra bike
This bike is a great option for a tri newbie. Its lightweight frame absorbs shock to make for a comfortable ride and helps keep the wheels aligned when you hit bumps, so the ride feels smooth and stable. Its design also lets you sit between a forward race position and an upright posture, which can boost your confidence while still keeping you comfy on long rides. ($1,250, cannondale.com)

Top Triathlon Gear: Bell Stratus MIPS Helmet

5. Bell Stratus MIPS helmet
A moderately priced helmet that’s lightweight and super-breathable, meet the Bell Stratus MIPS. With tons of ventilation, your head always stays cool, no matter how hot the race-day weather. It includes an adjustable dial that you can tighten or loosen for a perfectly snug fit, which is easy to do in transition or even while you pedal thanks to the large size. ($150, bellhelmets.com)

RELATED: The 15 Most Incredible Bike Trails in the U.S.

Top Triathlon Gear: Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Tri Suit

6. Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Tri Suit
The easiest way to breeze through transitions is in a tri suit that you’ll wear for all three activities. (It’ll go under your wetsuit for the swim.) This design has a fabric made to keep you cool, a quick-dry chamois — so your seat doesn’t feel soggy as you ride after the swim, but you still get the padding — and two easy-access pockets for storing gummies, lip balm or other mid-race necessities. What’s more: Elastic silicone grippers on the legs keep them from riding up so they stay snugly in place throughout the race. ($145, pearlizumi.com)

Top Triathlon Gear: Shimano TR5W Cycling Shoes

7. Shimano TR5W cycling shoes
Get the most power on your two-wheeler with shoes that connect with your pedals, like this pair by Shimano. An asymmetrical loop at the heel makes these simple to pull on when you're anxiously moving from the water to the road, and the straps and extra-wide collar are easy to secure. Once you're pedaling, breathable mesh lets air hit your feet to keep them cool and dry. ($130, amazon.com)

RELATED: How Ironman Competitors Fit In Training (And You Can, Too)

Worth-the-Price Bike Upgrades

Top Triathlon Gear: Specialized Shiv Expert Bike

8. Specialized Shiv Expert bike
If you get super into racing, especially long-distance triathlon courses, investing in a tri-specific bike like the Shiv is smart. The aero bars above the front tire make for a comfortable extended position for your arms as you pedal, while the carbon frame is extra aerodynamic. A bonus on this bike: There are storage compartments for water and mid-ride snacks built right into the frame. ($3,800, specialized.com)

Top Tri Gear: Giro Helmet

9. Giro Aerohead MIPS helmet
Wearing a regular bike helmet is fine...until you start getting serious about shaving the most minutes off your finish time. Then, you might consider getting an extra efficient model like this offering by Giro. Its polycarbonate shell and ventilation are designed to keep your head cooler as you ride. ($250, giro.com)

RELATED: The 13 Most Incredible Triathlons in the U.S.

Top Triathlon Gear: Saris SuperClamp EX Bike Tray

10. Saris SuperClamp EX bike tray

A bike rack makes traveling to your tri ten times easier, especially if you’re racing with a friend and have two bikes to transport. This lightweight option by Saris easily connects to your car and carries up to two bikes. Bonus: It doesn’t have any contact with your bike frame, so it stays protected and scratch-free. ($470, saris.com)

Top Triathlon Gear: Smith Attack Max Sunglasses

11. Smith Attack Max sunglasses
These sunglasses will elevate your performance by blocking bright sunlight — and keeping bugs and road debris from messing with your vision. They come with two interchangeable Chromapop lenses (switch them up depending on the level of sunlight) that’ll increase visibility on both your bike and run. Adjust the two-position nosepiece for a perfect fit. ($250, smithoptics.com)

RELATED: 7 SoulCycle Secrets for Proper Form on a Spin Bike

Gotta-Get Running Sneakers Made for Miles

Top Triathlon Gear: Asics Noosa FF Sneakers

12. Asics Noosa FF sneakers
Featuring a seamless mesh, slipping into these Asics triathlons shoes means you can run sans socks. Their elastic laces and grips on the heel and tongue let you pull them on and take off. To finish it, the FlyteFoam soles keep them super-lightweight. So you'll basically feel like you're flying when you step off the bike and head into the final leg of the race. ($140, asics.com)

RELATED: Gym Class Act: The 7 Best Training Shoes

Quality Accessories for All Three Sports

Top Triathlon Gear: TomTom Spark 3 Cardio Watch

13. TomTom Spark 3 Cardio

Want to track your pace through the swim, bike and run? This watch by TomTom will gather all your stats from the swim start to the post-run finish line without breaking the bank. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, a large face that’s easy to read on the go, one button to simply switch as you move from sport to sport, and a ventilated band to stay comfy and cool on your wrist. ($190, tomtom.com)

Top Triathlon Gear: Fitletic Hydra 12-ox Hydration Belt

14. Fitletic Hydra 12-oz hydration belt

Attach your race number to the toggles on this belt before the race and leave it in transition; pull it on easily after you finish the swim. This belt boasts a pouch big enough to hold your phone, elastic loops to hold onto mid-race nutrition, and two bottles to keep sports drink or water with you as you go. Staying fueled just got simple. ($42, fitletic.com)

RELATED: The 5 Best Hydration Packs for Any Hike or Run

Top Tracker If You’re Willing to Pay Up

Top Triathlon Gear: Garmin Forerunner 935 Watch

15. Garmin Forerunner 935

The Forerunner 935 is one of the sleekest, lightweight triathlon watches out there. It manages to track all your stats, including distance, calories burned and elevation, while allowing for easy toggling on the go, as well as heart rate monitoring. The best part: It analyzes your VO2max (one of the best markers of fitness level) and scores your workouts, telling you whether you’re over- or undertraining or at optimal performance. ($499, garmin.com)

Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

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Your Guide to Triathlon Gear for Every Budget

Your Guide to Triathlon Gear for Every Budget
If you’re giving the triathlon a go for the first time, getting all the necessary gear can seem a little overwhelming — not to mention super pricey. These races do involve three different sports, after all. While you’re always going to need to haul a bunch of belongings to your spot in the transition area, you don’t have to put a serious dent in your bank account to get there. Read on for our top picks for affordable swim, bike and run gear. Plus, find fancier, advanced-tech pieces for those looking to push their multi-sport performance into high gear.  RELATED: The 12 Best Bikes for Every Type of Rider

Swim, Bike, Run: Your Guide to Triathlon Gear for Every Budget

Affordable Swim Essentials

Top Triathlon Gear: Speedo MDR 2.4 polarized goggles 1. Speedo MDR 2.4 polarized goggles These bestselling goggles by Speedo boast large, anti-fog lenses that stretch over your eye socket for a comfortable fit that keeps water out. They’re also polarized to help cut glare on sunny race-day mornings. ($33, speedousa.com) Top Triathlon Gear: 2XU A:1 Active Wetsuit 2. 2XU A:1 Active wetsuit You could always rent a wetsuit from a local triathlon shop — you will definitely want one in open water — but to have one of your own, go for this one by 2XU. It features a thickened, coated chest panel meant to keep you higher in the water, and therefore reduce drag and pick up the pace. The strap connected to the back zipper also makes it easy to slip in and out of the wetsuit so you can cut your transition time. ($300, 2xu.com) RELATED: 3 Swimming Workouts for Every Skill Level

Splurge-Worthy Wetsuit

Top Triathlon Gear: Roka Maverick X Wetsuit 3. Roka Maverick X wetsuit If you want a seriously efficient stroke, snag this high-end, worth-the-steep-price-tag model by Roka. Designed with an arms-up construction, it gives you the flexibility and freedom to move fast. And when you start feeling fatigued, the internal taping offers support for your core, helping you maintain proper form as you freestyle. The neoprene is also super durable, so you can wear it swim after swim after swim. ($900, roka.com) RELATED: How to Conquer Your Fear of Open Water Swimming

Budget-Friendly Must-Buys for Biking

Top Triathlon Gear: Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra bike 4. Cannondale Synapse Disc Tiagra bike This bike is a great option for a tri newbie. Its lightweight frame absorbs shock to make for a comfortable ride and helps keep the wheels aligned when you hit bumps, so the ride feels smooth and stable. Its design also lets you sit between a forward race position and an upright posture, which can boost your confidence while still keeping you comfy on long rides. ($1,250, cannondale.com)
Top Triathlon Gear: Bell Stratus MIPS Helmet 5. Bell Stratus MIPS helmet A moderately priced helmet that’s lightweight and super-breathable, meet the Bell Stratus MIPS. With tons of ventilation, your head always stays cool, no matter how hot the race-day weather. It includes an adjustable dial that you can tighten or loosen for a perfectly snug fit, which is easy to do in transition or even while you pedal thanks to the large size. ($150, bellhelmets.com) RELATED: The 15 Most Incredible Bike Trails in the U.S. Top Triathlon Gear: Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Tri Suit 6. Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Tri Suit The easiest way to breeze through transitions is in a tri suit that you’ll wear for all three activities. (It’ll go under your wetsuit for the swim.) This design has a fabric made to keep you cool, a quick-dry chamois — so your seat doesn’t feel soggy as you ride after the swim, but you still get the padding — and two easy-access pockets for storing gummies, lip balm or other mid-race necessities. What’s more: Elastic silicone grippers on the legs keep them from riding up so they stay snugly in place throughout the race. ($145, pearlizumi.com) Top Triathlon Gear: Shimano TR5W Cycling Shoes 7. Shimano TR5W cycling shoes Get the most power on your two-wheeler with shoes that connect with your pedals, like this pair by Shimano. An asymmetrical loop at the heel makes these simple to pull on when you're anxiously moving from the water to the road, and the straps and extra-wide collar are easy to secure. Once you're pedaling, breathable mesh lets air hit your feet to keep them cool and dry. ($130, amazon.com) RELATED: How Ironman Competitors Fit In Training (And You Can, Too)

Worth-the-Price Bike Upgrades

Top Triathlon Gear: Specialized Shiv Expert Bike 8. Specialized Shiv Expert bike If you get super into racing, especially long-distance triathlon courses, investing in a tri-specific bike like the Shiv is smart. The aero bars above the front tire make for a comfortable extended position for your arms as you pedal, while the carbon frame is extra aerodynamic. A bonus on this bike: There are storage compartments for water and mid-ride snacks built right into the frame. ($3,800, specialized.com) Top Tri Gear: Giro Helmet 9. Giro Aerohead MIPS helmet Wearing a regular bike helmet is fine...until you start getting serious about shaving the most minutes off your finish time. Then, you might consider getting an extra efficient model like this offering by Giro. Its polycarbonate shell and ventilation are designed to keep your head cooler as you ride. ($250, giro.com) RELATED: The 13 Most Incredible Triathlons in the U.S. Top Triathlon Gear: Saris SuperClamp EX Bike Tray 10. Saris SuperClamp EX bike tray A bike rack makes traveling to your tri ten times easier, especially if you’re racing with a friend and have two bikes to transport. This lightweight option by Saris easily connects to your car and carries up to two bikes. Bonus: It doesn’t have any contact with your bike frame, so it stays protected and scratch-free. ($470, saris.com) Top Triathlon Gear: Smith Attack Max Sunglasses 11. Smith Attack Max sunglasses These sunglasses will elevate your performance by blocking bright sunlight — and keeping bugs and road debris from messing with your vision. They come with two interchangeable Chromapop lenses (switch them up depending on the level of sunlight) that’ll increase visibility on both your bike and run. Adjust the two-position nosepiece for a perfect fit. ($250, smithoptics.com) RELATED: 7 SoulCycle Secrets for Proper Form on a Spin Bike

Gotta-Get Running Sneakers Made for Miles

Top Triathlon Gear: Asics Noosa FF Sneakers 12. Asics Noosa FF sneakers Featuring a seamless mesh, slipping into these Asics triathlons shoes means you can run sans socks. Their elastic laces and grips on the heel and tongue let you pull them on and take off. To finish it, the FlyteFoam soles keep them super-lightweight. So you'll basically feel like you're flying when you step off the bike and head into the final leg of the race. ($140, asics.com) RELATED: Gym Class Act: The 7 Best Training Shoes

Quality Accessories for All Three Sports

Top Triathlon Gear: TomTom Spark 3 Cardio Watch 13. TomTom Spark 3 Cardio Want to track your pace through the swim, bike and run? This watch by TomTom will gather all your stats from the swim start to the post-run finish line without breaking the bank. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, a large face that’s easy to read on the go, one button to simply switch as you move from sport to sport, and a ventilated band to stay comfy and cool on your wrist. ($190, tomtom.com) Top Triathlon Gear: Fitletic Hydra 12-ox Hydration Belt 14. Fitletic Hydra 12-oz hydration belt Attach your race number to the toggles on this belt before the race and leave it in transition; pull it on easily after you finish the swim. This belt boasts a pouch big enough to hold your phone, elastic loops to hold onto mid-race nutrition, and two bottles to keep sports drink or water with you as you go. Staying fueled just got simple. ($42, fitletic.com) RELATED: The 5 Best Hydration Packs for Any Hike or Run

Top Tracker If You’re Willing to Pay Up

Top Triathlon Gear: Garmin Forerunner 935 Watch 15. Garmin Forerunner 935 The Forerunner 935 is one of the sleekest, lightweight triathlon watches out there. It manages to track all your stats, including distance, calories burned and elevation, while allowing for easy toggling on the go, as well as heart rate monitoring. The best part: It analyzes your VO2max (one of the best markers of fitness level) and scores your workouts, telling you whether you’re over- or undertraining or at optimal performance. ($499, garmin.com) Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

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3 Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-mattresses-athletes-recovery/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-mattresses-athletes-recovery/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:15:15 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=59434 Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep Recovery

[caption id="attachment_59461" align="alignnone" width="620"]3 Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

If you're reading this, we assume you like to work out. Maybe you even track your nutrition, meal prep on weekends, and make time for foam rolling, too. But how well do you sleep?

While it’s easy to focus on what goes on in the gym, perhaps the most neglected facet of fitness takes place between the sheets. Catching adequate zzz’s is your best opportunity to recover from your workouts, repair muscle tissue and, believe it or not, make gains. Get a good night’s sleep, and studies show you’ll also improve your reaction time, muscle memory and motor skills (translation: ready to bring your A-game).

Recognizing athletes’ specific recovery needs, companies have hit the lab to develop a mattress that’ll put in the work when it matters most. Below are three of the latest athlete-focused brands, and how they held up against 30 days of tough workouts (CrossFit WODs included).

RELATED: Can the Right Mattress Change Your Life?

3 Mattresses Built Just for Athletes

[caption id="attachment_59457" align="alignnone" width="620"]Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery: PerformaSleep Mattress Photo Courtesy of PerformaSleep[/caption]

1. PerformaSleep Mattress

Best for: Staying cool in your sleep

The better you sleep, the better you recover, so Performasleep’s approach is to give athletes the best chances at both. That begins with comfort, or three layers of increasingly dense memory foam. The top two inches feature a cushy gel foam layer that’s infused with copper (aka CopperCool gel, which is said to have “rejuvenating properties”). It also acts as a conductor, moving heat away from the body while you sleep. (According to research, not only is sleep initiated by lowering body temperature, but cooler conditions can also facilitate entry into deep sleep.) Beneath that: two inches of denser foam support the spine, while seven inches of extra-firm foam forms the base. The result is a mattress that feels more stable than a traditional spring mattress, but with a pillowy soft upper.

The verdict: Comfortably cool, restful sleep. After a month of testing, we couldn’t verify any specific rejuvenating effects other than a good night’s sleep. But one thing that’s certain: No waking up with night sweats! (performasleep.com; $525-$975)

RELATED: 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Muscle Soreness

[caption id="attachment_59458" align="alignnone" width="620"]Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery: Bear Mattress Photo Courtesy of Bear Mattress[/caption]

2. Bear Mattress

Best for: Getting your blood flowing

Like the PerformaSleep mattress, Bear uses a supportive three-layer memory foam that’s soft up top, but dense enough below to keep you supported. (This will also keep you from bugging your partner when you move around). Its top layer is infused with graphite gel for optimal cooling. The upper layer is also made of threads treated with thermoreactive minerals (called Celliant technology) that converts your body heat into infrared light, which is then reflected back to your body. Why should you care? Because some studies (albeit small and short-term) have linked infrared light to better circulation and cell recovery. That theoretically ramps up your body’s ability to recover while you sleep.

The verdict: After 30 days, this tester (with a history of waking mid-sleep) reported sleeping through the night on a regular basis. ("Seriously, I didn't even move – my Kindle was still on my chest when I woke up.”). He also reported a distinct lack of soreness, even during periods of elevated activity. “It took a week or so to realize that I wasn’t waking up sore anymore. I was even walking around normally after leg day; that’s definitely a first.” (bearmattress.com; $500-$950)

RELATED: No Pain, No Gain? 5 Myths About Muscle Soreness

[caption id="attachment_59459" align="alignnone" width="620"]Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery: The ReST Bed Photo Courtesy of ReST Bed[/caption]

3. ReST Bed

Best for: Getting fully customized cushioning

Ready for a legit upgrade? The ReST Bed comes with a Samsung tablet for each sleeper that acts as a remote control for his or her side of the bed. Here’s how it works: Four small, whisper-quiet pumps let users customize how much support they get for five zones: head, shoulder, lumbar, hips and legs. Users can adjust the mattress manually via the tablet (think: softening the hip and leg sections for extra cushioning post-leg day), or they can trust the bed to do all the work via the automatic setting. That means when you move, the mattress adds support where you need it (i.e. adjusting when you turn on your side by softening the shoulder and hip area). Roll back onto your back, and the bed adjusts for that position as well.

Bonus: This smart mattress also tracks how often you move in your sleep, what position you're in, and for how long, so you can review your sleep stats and improve your zzz’s. Plus, ReST will automatically upload the new features to your bed's app, so the bed will constantly upgrade as more features are developed.

The verdict: While we couldn’t get a bed to test, early reviews of the smart features are positive. The price can be prohibitive, but if you take your recovery very seriously, you might want to consider laying your head (and achy muscles) right here. (restperformance.com; $2,799-$5,798)

Tried any of these mattresses? Share your thoughts below!

Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

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Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep Recovery

[caption id="attachment_59461" align="alignnone" width="620"]3 Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery Photo: Twenty20[/caption] If you're reading this, we assume you like to work out. Maybe you even track your nutrition, meal prep on weekends, and make time for foam rolling, too. But how well do you sleep? While it’s easy to focus on what goes on in the gym, perhaps the most neglected facet of fitness takes place between the sheets. Catching adequate zzz’s is your best opportunity to recover from your workouts, repair muscle tissue and, believe it or not, make gains. Get a good night’s sleep, and studies show you’ll also improve your reaction time, muscle memory and motor skills (translation: ready to bring your A-game). Recognizing athletes’ specific recovery needs, companies have hit the lab to develop a mattress that’ll put in the work when it matters most. Below are three of the latest athlete-focused brands, and how they held up against 30 days of tough workouts (CrossFit WODs included). RELATED: Can the Right Mattress Change Your Life?

3 Mattresses Built Just for Athletes

[caption id="attachment_59457" align="alignnone" width="620"]Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery: PerformaSleep Mattress Photo Courtesy of PerformaSleep[/caption]

1. PerformaSleep Mattress

Best for: Staying cool in your sleep The better you sleep, the better you recover, so Performasleep’s approach is to give athletes the best chances at both. That begins with comfort, or three layers of increasingly dense memory foam. The top two inches feature a cushy gel foam layer that’s infused with copper (aka CopperCool gel, which is said to have “rejuvenating properties”). It also acts as a conductor, moving heat away from the body while you sleep. (According to research, not only is sleep initiated by lowering body temperature, but cooler conditions can also facilitate entry into deep sleep.) Beneath that: two inches of denser foam support the spine, while seven inches of extra-firm foam forms the base. The result is a mattress that feels more stable than a traditional spring mattress, but with a pillowy soft upper. The verdict: Comfortably cool, restful sleep. After a month of testing, we couldn’t verify any specific rejuvenating effects other than a good night’s sleep. But one thing that’s certain: No waking up with night sweats! (performasleep.com; $525-$975) RELATED: 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Muscle Soreness [caption id="attachment_59458" align="alignnone" width="620"]Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery: Bear Mattress Photo Courtesy of Bear Mattress[/caption]

2. Bear Mattress

Best for: Getting your blood flowing Like the PerformaSleep mattress, Bear uses a supportive three-layer memory foam that’s soft up top, but dense enough below to keep you supported. (This will also keep you from bugging your partner when you move around). Its top layer is infused with graphite gel for optimal cooling. The upper layer is also made of threads treated with thermoreactive minerals (called Celliant technology) that converts your body heat into infrared light, which is then reflected back to your body. Why should you care? Because some studies (albeit small and short-term) have linked infrared light to better circulation and cell recovery. That theoretically ramps up your body’s ability to recover while you sleep. The verdict: After 30 days, this tester (with a history of waking mid-sleep) reported sleeping through the night on a regular basis. ("Seriously, I didn't even move – my Kindle was still on my chest when I woke up.”). He also reported a distinct lack of soreness, even during periods of elevated activity. “It took a week or so to realize that I wasn’t waking up sore anymore. I was even walking around normally after leg day; that’s definitely a first.” (bearmattress.com; $500-$950) RELATED: No Pain, No Gain? 5 Myths About Muscle Soreness [caption id="attachment_59459" align="alignnone" width="620"]Athlete-Approved Mattresses for Better Sleep and Recovery: The ReST Bed Photo Courtesy of ReST Bed[/caption]

3. ReST Bed

Best for: Getting fully customized cushioning Ready for a legit upgrade? The ReST Bed comes with a Samsung tablet for each sleeper that acts as a remote control for his or her side of the bed. Here’s how it works: Four small, whisper-quiet pumps let users customize how much support they get for five zones: head, shoulder, lumbar, hips and legs. Users can adjust the mattress manually via the tablet (think: softening the hip and leg sections for extra cushioning post-leg day), or they can trust the bed to do all the work via the automatic setting. That means when you move, the mattress adds support where you need it (i.e. adjusting when you turn on your side by softening the shoulder and hip area). Roll back onto your back, and the bed adjusts for that position as well. Bonus: This smart mattress also tracks how often you move in your sleep, what position you're in, and for how long, so you can review your sleep stats and improve your zzz’s. Plus, ReST will automatically upload the new features to your bed's app, so the bed will constantly upgrade as more features are developed. The verdict: While we couldn’t get a bed to test, early reviews of the smart features are positive. The price can be prohibitive, but if you take your recovery very seriously, you might want to consider laying your head (and achy muscles) right here. (restperformance.com; $2,799-$5,798)

Tried any of these mattresses? Share your thoughts below!

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6 Top Wearables for Every Kind of Activity Tracking

All wellness wearables are not created equal. Yes, they typically count your daily steps and often follow the hours you sleep, and many now tap into how quickly your heart beats. But these days, activity trackers specialize in a distinct feature or two within a certain niche. Totally into triathlons? There’s a gadget for that. Care more about a band that looks chic? We’ve got you covered.

Read on for our roundup of the sleekest, tech-iest, smartest new fitness trackers on the market. Then find the perfect fit for your sweat style.

RELATED: The Best New Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game

6 Wellness Wearables to Fit Your Fitness Style

[caption id="attachment_57434" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: FitBit Alta HR Photo courtesy of FitBit[/caption]

1. Fitbit Alta HR

Best for: Getting clues about how you snooze

The chicest accessory in the Fitbit line gets an upgrade with a heart rate monitor and top-notch sleep stats. Built around HR technology, the Alta HR provides more in-depth readings on how many minutes you spend awake, in light sleep, deep sleep and REM. Even if you think you got a solid seven hours of zzz’s, this band will clue you in to every minute you actually spent tossing and turning — explaining why your groggy or wide awake the next day. It also provides tips on getting more shut-eye right in the app.

Updates aside, Fitbit boasts one of the most user-friendly interfaces of all the wearables. That’s thanks to its automatic activity tracking (it’ll recognize your workout after 10 minutes) and full data display right on the home screen of the watch and app. Info includes steps, active minutes, calories burned, current heart rate and distance traveled. ($150; fitbit.com)

[caption id="attachment_57435" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: MisFit Phase Photo courtesy of Misfit[/caption]

2. Misfit Phase

Best for: Wearing a tracker on the sly

The classy new offering from Misfit is the perfect option if you want a tracker that doesn’t look like a clunky band, sporty watch — or anything that reveals you’re watching your numbers. The Phase’s design could pass for a regular watch, but it still subtly nudges you to get moving throughout the day by vibrating and quickly spinning the minute and hour hands. There’s also a dot at the bottom of the face that flashes various colors to let you know which alert its signaling, like an incoming text or time to stand up.

Though this watch doesn’t show stats on the main screen, it continuously keeps tabs on your wellness numbers — just check the app when you want an update. You can also use its Smart Button feature to control your phone for selfies and music play. Perhaps the most important feature for people on the go: no battery charging required. The Phase is ready to go the second you take it out of the box, and it doesn’t need more juice until about six months later, when it’s time for a battery replacement. (Starting at $175; misfit.com)

RELATED: Is It Possible That You’re Tracking Too Much?

[caption id="attachment_57436" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: Garmin Vivoactive HR Photo courtesy of Garmin[/caption]

3. Garmin Vivoactive HR

Best for: Gearing up for a big race

Toe the start line of a 10K, half or full marathon and you’re likely to see tons of Garmin watches on the wrists of your fellow racers. A favorite among athletes with an upcoming event, the Vivoactive HR packs all the route-tracking greatness of the brand’s regular sport watches into a slim band. You can easily swipe up on the screen to see your heart rate, steps taken and floors climbed. Or easily toggle over and you can track workouts ranging from runs and rides to rounds of golf or cross-country ski outings. Its built-in GPS accurately tracks the distance and course of your treks, and the calendar screen on its corresponding app lets you look back at tons of past activities.

Of course, this band isn’t all about recording your hard-core exercise — it’s got great social features, too. You can easily connect with friends on Facebook and Google and compete against one another on the reg by joining daily step or workout challenges. Plus, while the band’s touchscreen is low-profile, it’s large enough to display full text messages and other app and social media alerts. ($250; buy.garmin.com)

[caption id="attachment_57437" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: TomTom Spark 3 Photo courtesy of TomTom[/caption]

4. TomTom Spark 3

Best for: Training for a tri

Swim, run, bike and beyond with the TomTom Spark 3. This watch has a heart rate monitor and GPS, plus constant step tracking. It also has room to upload more than 500 songs, making it a great option for phone-free sweat sessions synced to your fave jams.

Like other trackers on the market, this one boasts lots of workout modes — even treadmill, gym, indoor cycling and intervals. Yet unlike the competition, it lets you select one of your past performances and race against it, so you’re always pushing toward a new PR. (Just be sure to read the user guide for the complete how-to.) Another cool note: The Spark 3 lets you discover new trails with the “route exploration” option, which also helps you find your way back to the start. A key component for anyone looking to get lost in a workout — without literally getting lost. ($129; tomtom.com)

RELATED: The 13 Most Incredible Triathlons in the U.S.

[caption id="attachment_57438" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: Sona Photo courtesy of Caeden[/caption]

5. Sona

Best for: Taking care of your body and mind

While most trackers give you insight into your body’s fitness level, they don’t necessarily tell you about the health of your mind. Enter Sona, an innovative band by Caeden. Sona helps you focus on your total wellness by tracking not only your calories burned, heart rate, and steps, but also your stress levels. How does it know when you’re feeling tense? Sure, most bands have an HRM, but this one keeps tabs on your heart rate variability — a higher HRV means you’re more fit and less stressed, while a lower reading can be a clue that you’re tired or tense.

Sona also offers a tool to help train your brain to combat stress. All you have to do is open the app on your phone and go through a quick guided meditation. The app includes five of these sessions, accessible throughout the day: one for when you rise in the a.m., another for when you need an energy boost, and three for when you need to breathe, relax or rest. While the band has no watch face — it looks like a sleek leather bracelet — it does vibrate to alert you to incoming calls and texts. (Coming this summer; $180; caeden.com)

[caption id="attachment_57439" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: Samsung Gear Fit 2 Photo courtesy of Samsung[/caption]

6. Samsung Gear Fit 2

Best for: Going from heavy lifting to happy hour

Consider this band the wrist version of stylish athleisure. It tracks your running, cycling and elliptical workouts, plus it gauges your intensity level via the heart rate monitor — all while looking sleek enough to blend in with your bangles. (Still, you can read your texts and stats on screen).

In addition to its discreet look, it has built-in GPS, so you don’t have to carry your phone in your pocket (or shove it in your sports bra) to get an accurate mileage reading on your ride or run. And it intuitively measures these activities when you get moving for 10 minutes or more.

This one also stores up to 500 songs, which you can easily change with the swipe of your finger for convenient music motivation on the go. Need more workout inspiration? Pick a swole mate and it’ll let you compete for steps right on the home screen. Because a little friendly competition never hurts to push you toward your goals. ($180; samsung.com)

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6 Top Wearables for Every Kind of Activity Tracking

6 Top Wearables for Every Kind of Activity Tracking All wellness wearables are not created equal. Yes, they typically count your daily steps and often follow the hours you sleep, and many now tap into how quickly your heart beats. But these days, activity trackers specialize in a distinct feature or two within a certain niche. Totally into triathlons? There’s a gadget for that. Care more about a band that looks chic? We’ve got you covered. Read on for our roundup of the sleekest, tech-iest, smartest new fitness trackers on the market. Then find the perfect fit for your sweat style. RELATED: The Best New Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game

6 Wellness Wearables to Fit Your Fitness Style

[caption id="attachment_57434" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: FitBit Alta HR Photo courtesy of FitBit[/caption]

1. Fitbit Alta HR

Best for: Getting clues about how you snooze The chicest accessory in the Fitbit line gets an upgrade with a heart rate monitor and top-notch sleep stats. Built around HR technology, the Alta HR provides more in-depth readings on how many minutes you spend awake, in light sleep, deep sleep and REM. Even if you think you got a solid seven hours of zzz’s, this band will clue you in to every minute you actually spent tossing and turning — explaining why your groggy or wide awake the next day. It also provides tips on getting more shut-eye right in the app. Updates aside, Fitbit boasts one of the most user-friendly interfaces of all the wearables. That’s thanks to its automatic activity tracking (it’ll recognize your workout after 10 minutes) and full data display right on the home screen of the watch and app. Info includes steps, active minutes, calories burned, current heart rate and distance traveled. ($150; fitbit.com) [caption id="attachment_57435" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: MisFit Phase Photo courtesy of Misfit[/caption]

2. Misfit Phase

Best for: Wearing a tracker on the sly The classy new offering from Misfit is the perfect option if you want a tracker that doesn’t look like a clunky band, sporty watch — or anything that reveals you’re watching your numbers. The Phase’s design could pass for a regular watch, but it still subtly nudges you to get moving throughout the day by vibrating and quickly spinning the minute and hour hands. There’s also a dot at the bottom of the face that flashes various colors to let you know which alert its signaling, like an incoming text or time to stand up. Though this watch doesn’t show stats on the main screen, it continuously keeps tabs on your wellness numbers — just check the app when you want an update. You can also use its Smart Button feature to control your phone for selfies and music play. Perhaps the most important feature for people on the go: no battery charging required. The Phase is ready to go the second you take it out of the box, and it doesn’t need more juice until about six months later, when it’s time for a battery replacement. (Starting at $175; misfit.com) RELATED: Is It Possible That You’re Tracking Too Much? [caption id="attachment_57436" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: Garmin Vivoactive HR Photo courtesy of Garmin[/caption]

3. Garmin Vivoactive HR

Best for: Gearing up for a big race Toe the start line of a 10K, half or full marathon and you’re likely to see tons of Garmin watches on the wrists of your fellow racers. A favorite among athletes with an upcoming event, the Vivoactive HR packs all the route-tracking greatness of the brand’s regular sport watches into a slim band. You can easily swipe up on the screen to see your heart rate, steps taken and floors climbed. Or easily toggle over and you can track workouts ranging from runs and rides to rounds of golf or cross-country ski outings. Its built-in GPS accurately tracks the distance and course of your treks, and the calendar screen on its corresponding app lets you look back at tons of past activities. Of course, this band isn’t all about recording your hard-core exercise — it’s got great social features, too. You can easily connect with friends on Facebook and Google and compete against one another on the reg by joining daily step or workout challenges. Plus, while the band’s touchscreen is low-profile, it’s large enough to display full text messages and other app and social media alerts. ($250; buy.garmin.com) [caption id="attachment_57437" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: TomTom Spark 3 Photo courtesy of TomTom[/caption]

4. TomTom Spark 3

Best for: Training for a tri Swim, run, bike and beyond with the TomTom Spark 3. This watch has a heart rate monitor and GPS, plus constant step tracking. It also has room to upload more than 500 songs, making it a great option for phone-free sweat sessions synced to your fave jams. Like other trackers on the market, this one boasts lots of workout modes — even treadmill, gym, indoor cycling and intervals. Yet unlike the competition, it lets you select one of your past performances and race against it, so you’re always pushing toward a new PR. (Just be sure to read the user guide for the complete how-to.) Another cool note: The Spark 3 lets you discover new trails with the “route exploration” option, which also helps you find your way back to the start. A key component for anyone looking to get lost in a workout — without literally getting lost. ($129; tomtom.com) RELATED: The 13 Most Incredible Triathlons in the U.S. [caption id="attachment_57438" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: Sona Photo courtesy of Caeden[/caption]

5. Sona

Best for: Taking care of your body and mind While most trackers give you insight into your body’s fitness level, they don’t necessarily tell you about the health of your mind. Enter Sona, an innovative band by Caeden. Sona helps you focus on your total wellness by tracking not only your calories burned, heart rate, and steps, but also your stress levels. How does it know when you’re feeling tense? Sure, most bands have an HRM, but this one keeps tabs on your heart rate variability — a higher HRV means you’re more fit and less stressed, while a lower reading can be a clue that you’re tired or tense. Sona also offers a tool to help train your brain to combat stress. All you have to do is open the app on your phone and go through a quick guided meditation. The app includes five of these sessions, accessible throughout the day: one for when you rise in the a.m., another for when you need an energy boost, and three for when you need to breathe, relax or rest. While the band has no watch face — it looks like a sleek leather bracelet — it does vibrate to alert you to incoming calls and texts. (Coming this summer; $180; caeden.com) [caption id="attachment_57439" align="alignnone" width="620"]Wearables: Samsung Gear Fit 2 Photo courtesy of Samsung[/caption]

6. Samsung Gear Fit 2

Best for: Going from heavy lifting to happy hour Consider this band the wrist version of stylish athleisure. It tracks your running, cycling and elliptical workouts, plus it gauges your intensity level via the heart rate monitor — all while looking sleek enough to blend in with your bangles. (Still, you can read your texts and stats on screen). In addition to its discreet look, it has built-in GPS, so you don’t have to carry your phone in your pocket (or shove it in your sports bra) to get an accurate mileage reading on your ride or run. And it intuitively measures these activities when you get moving for 10 minutes or more. This one also stores up to 500 songs, which you can easily change with the swipe of your finger for convenient music motivation on the go. Need more workout inspiration? Pick a swole mate and it’ll let you compete for steps right on the home screen. Because a little friendly competition never hurts to push you toward your goals. ($180; samsung.com)

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Is It Possible That You’re Tracking Too Much? https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/fitness-tracking-possible-track-too-much/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/fitness-tracking-possible-track-too-much/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:15:12 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=55904 Are You Tracking Too Much?

[caption id="attachment_55937" align="alignnone" width="620"]Are You Tracking Too Much? Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

If you’re looking to lose weight or boost your endurance, there’s a tool out there that’s begging to help you reach your goals. From phone apps to wearable devices, it’s possible to track every aspect of your existence these days. But all this measuring can be too much of a good thing.

Double-tap if you’ve been here before: You diligently enter every ingredient of your smoothie, salad and stir-fry — only to be kept up at night ruminating whether you correctly entered that heaping tablespoon of almond butter into your calorie count. For some, tracking can bring out the worst in us, including our obsessive-compulsive tendencies and their passive aggressive cousin. (You know, the one that thinks, “My Fitbit has no idea what kind of day I’ve had. I just don’t feel like walking to the other end of the parking lot.”)

RELATED: The Surprising Reason You're Not Losing Weight

What's more: New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that too much tracking might even sabotage long-term weight loss goals. But why? Read on to find out what and how much to keep tracking — and what’s OK to let fall by the wayside.

The Curse of the Nudge

In the study, researchers followed 471 adults ages 18 to 35 over 24 months and found that those assigned a “wearable technology device” lost less weight than those who didn’t. “We were surprised because we thought it would make a difference,” says co-author Renee J. Rogers, Ph.D., director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. “Having an electronic tool that would give you real-time feedback seems like a good idea.”

Trackers are indeed helpful to understand how many calories you’re burning so you can tinker with your diet or adjust your fitness routine. The problem, says Rogers, is that all those gentle reminders designed to be motivating can quickly become discouraging. “What happens when you get a notification at 8:30 p.m. that you’re only halfway to your exercise goal for the day? When are you going to get those extra steps?” says Rogers. “When is this prompting going to help you?”

RELATED: How to Make Better Use of Your Tracking Data

In other words, if you’re being constantly reminded of what you’re not doing, it’s tempting to want to tune out such notifications — or chuck your tracker completely.

Trackers also don’t take into account the ups and downs of real life. “The technology is limited,” says Rogers. “All it knows is to tell you how many steps you need each day.”

But not all hope is lost. Check out our tips on how to reap the benefits of self-monitoring — without going insane.

5 Tips to Make Tracking Work for You

1. Use trackers as teaching tools.

"At the end of the day, we’re not machines. We’re people."

Want to know what a serving of quinoa looks like? Or how long it takes to cycle 20 miles outside of a spinning studio? Trackers are incredibly useful to gain a quick learning curve. But they shouldn’t be electronic leashes. “I encourage my clients to use them for a couple of weeks,” says Jennifer Gibson, head of nutrition for the personalized coaching app Vida Health. “That’s long enough to give people a sense of what they need to do. If you need to cut back on calories, these trackers can help you understand what 250 calories looks like.”

2. Mix in other kinds of low-tech tracking.

Remember food diaries, like the kind you wrote down on actual paper? Such tried-and-true tools can help you stay accountable when keeping up with your fancy electronic tracker becomes too tedious. (We're also loving the Bullet Journal trend, if getting crafty is your thing.) Or, take photos of your meals to give you a visual snapshot of what you’re eating. “It helps people see their portion sizes,” Gibson says. By integrating other kinds of information, you’ll realize how trackers offer just one snapshot of your health.

RELATED: 15 Genius Meal Prep Ideas from Top Trainers

3. Focus on enjoying exercise rather than meeting quotas.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the details of your device that you forget to have fun. “The motivation to stick to your fitness routine has to come from the inside out,” explains David Zulberg, fitness coach and author of The Mind Body Synergy “Diet.” “We get so focused thinking ‘I need to do this amount of exercise’ that we’re concentrating on external things. At the end of the day, we’re not machines. We’re people.” The bottom line: When you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to make it a habit.

4. Don’t get stuck on steps.

If you’re wearing a device that calculates steps, you might forget there are other kinds of exercise out there. Gibson’s husband became so focused on meeting his daily step quota that he gave up his high-intensity workouts in favor of lower-intensity routines in which he could log more steps. “He would skip his spin classes to fit in more steps because he was in a competition with his friends, and his cholesterol crept up,” she says. As soon as he incorporated aerobic exercise back into his routine, his cholesterol came back down. Moral of the story: Don’t lose sight of what you need to do for your big-picture health.

RELATED: Is 10,000 Steps a Day Really the Secret to Better Health?

5. Trust your gut.

When it comes to food, there’s something to be said for cultivating an awareness of your body’s internal cues. Promise, you won’t (and shouldn’t have to) measure out every serving of quinoa for the rest of your life. Eventually, you’ll just know how much you should eat by how it feels in your body. That means logging off your tracker every once in a while so you don’t become too dependent on it, says Zulberg. And if you feel full, don’t keep eating because you already accounted for the calories. “The key to weight loss is getting back in touch with your natural instincts and re-programming your habits,” he says. “You want to change your approach to food and not just calculate numbers.”

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Are You Tracking Too Much?

[caption id="attachment_55937" align="alignnone" width="620"]Are You Tracking Too Much? Photo: Twenty20[/caption] If you’re looking to lose weight or boost your endurance, there’s a tool out there that’s begging to help you reach your goals. From phone apps to wearable devices, it’s possible to track every aspect of your existence these days. But all this measuring can be too much of a good thing. Double-tap if you’ve been here before: You diligently enter every ingredient of your smoothie, salad and stir-fry — only to be kept up at night ruminating whether you correctly entered that heaping tablespoon of almond butter into your calorie count. For some, tracking can bring out the worst in us, including our obsessive-compulsive tendencies and their passive aggressive cousin. (You know, the one that thinks, “My Fitbit has no idea what kind of day I’ve had. I just don’t feel like walking to the other end of the parking lot.”) RELATED: The Surprising Reason You're Not Losing Weight What's more: New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that too much tracking might even sabotage long-term weight loss goals. But why? Read on to find out what and how much to keep tracking — and what’s OK to let fall by the wayside.

The Curse of the Nudge

In the study, researchers followed 471 adults ages 18 to 35 over 24 months and found that those assigned a “wearable technology device” lost less weight than those who didn’t. “We were surprised because we thought it would make a difference,” says co-author Renee J. Rogers, Ph.D., director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. “Having an electronic tool that would give you real-time feedback seems like a good idea.” Trackers are indeed helpful to understand how many calories you’re burning so you can tinker with your diet or adjust your fitness routine. The problem, says Rogers, is that all those gentle reminders designed to be motivating can quickly become discouraging. “What happens when you get a notification at 8:30 p.m. that you’re only halfway to your exercise goal for the day? When are you going to get those extra steps?” says Rogers. “When is this prompting going to help you?” RELATED: How to Make Better Use of Your Tracking Data In other words, if you’re being constantly reminded of what you’re not doing, it’s tempting to want to tune out such notifications — or chuck your tracker completely. Trackers also don’t take into account the ups and downs of real life. “The technology is limited,” says Rogers. “All it knows is to tell you how many steps you need each day.” But not all hope is lost. Check out our tips on how to reap the benefits of self-monitoring — without going insane.

5 Tips to Make Tracking Work for You

1. Use trackers as teaching tools.

"At the end of the day, we’re not machines. We’re people."
Want to know what a serving of quinoa looks like? Or how long it takes to cycle 20 miles outside of a spinning studio? Trackers are incredibly useful to gain a quick learning curve. But they shouldn’t be electronic leashes. “I encourage my clients to use them for a couple of weeks,” says Jennifer Gibson, head of nutrition for the personalized coaching app Vida Health. “That’s long enough to give people a sense of what they need to do. If you need to cut back on calories, these trackers can help you understand what 250 calories looks like.”

2. Mix in other kinds of low-tech tracking.

Remember food diaries, like the kind you wrote down on actual paper? Such tried-and-true tools can help you stay accountable when keeping up with your fancy electronic tracker becomes too tedious. (We're also loving the Bullet Journal trend, if getting crafty is your thing.) Or, take photos of your meals to give you a visual snapshot of what you’re eating. “It helps people see their portion sizes,” Gibson says. By integrating other kinds of information, you’ll realize how trackers offer just one snapshot of your health. RELATED: 15 Genius Meal Prep Ideas from Top Trainers

3. Focus on enjoying exercise rather than meeting quotas.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the details of your device that you forget to have fun. “The motivation to stick to your fitness routine has to come from the inside out,” explains David Zulberg, fitness coach and author of The Mind Body Synergy “Diet.” “We get so focused thinking ‘I need to do this amount of exercise’ that we’re concentrating on external things. At the end of the day, we’re not machines. We’re people.” The bottom line: When you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to make it a habit.

4. Don’t get stuck on steps.

If you’re wearing a device that calculates steps, you might forget there are other kinds of exercise out there. Gibson’s husband became so focused on meeting his daily step quota that he gave up his high-intensity workouts in favor of lower-intensity routines in which he could log more steps. “He would skip his spin classes to fit in more steps because he was in a competition with his friends, and his cholesterol crept up,” she says. As soon as he incorporated aerobic exercise back into his routine, his cholesterol came back down. Moral of the story: Don’t lose sight of what you need to do for your big-picture health. RELATED: Is 10,000 Steps a Day Really the Secret to Better Health?

5. Trust your gut.

When it comes to food, there’s something to be said for cultivating an awareness of your body’s internal cues. Promise, you won’t (and shouldn’t have to) measure out every serving of quinoa for the rest of your life. Eventually, you’ll just know how much you should eat by how it feels in your body. That means logging off your tracker every once in a while so you don’t become too dependent on it, says Zulberg. And if you feel full, don’t keep eating because you already accounted for the calories. “The key to weight loss is getting back in touch with your natural instincts and re-programming your habits,” he says. “You want to change your approach to food and not just calculate numbers.”

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[caption id="attachment_54688" align="alignnone" width="620"]The 5-Minute Meditation App that Makes Mindfulness Easy Photo: Twenty20[/caption]

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed just how much my mind wanders. Maybe you’ve been here, too: When a comment or question requires your response mid convo, and you have to resort to the lame (and obviously distracted) nod and smile. Naturally, I’d like to blame social media for this lack of attention span. I’ve caught myself thinking more about what my Instagram caption will be than actually experiencing the intensity of my workout or savoring every sip of my Bloody Mary. The first step is realizing you have a problem though, right?

So when my editor asked if anyone wanted to try a new five-minute meditation app, Simple Habit, I quickly raised my hand. (Because I was listening closely that time!)

RELATED: 40 Resources for Practicing Mindfulness Every Day

This wouldn’t be my first attempt at powering up my mindfulness skills. I occasionally listen to a Buddhify meditation before I go to sleep. I try to eat my dinner at least a few nights a week sans Gilmore Girls — that way I can taste my food without distraction. I’ve also signed up for more yoga classes than ever. But I was ready for some extra tech-spiration.

RELATED: Meditation Meets HIIT in New Mindful Fitness Approach

Simple Habit: A Meditation App for People on the Move 

The idea behind Simple Habit (free on iOS and Android) is, well, pretty simple: Listen to the short, guided meditations throughout the day to gain a calmer, more in-the-moment mindset — aka exactly what I needed to get focused. Founded by an entrepreneur who started meditating to deal with her own work-related stress, Yunha Kim had discovered that a few quick bouts of mindfulness each day tipped her mental scale toward zen.

“At Simple Habit, we believe that starting with just five minutes of daily meditation is the easiest entry point into a lifelong meditation practice,” she says. “One common mistake beginner meditators make is setting the bar too high — like committing to 30 minutes of meditation every morning.” While an admirable goal, she says, it’s easy to miss a day and get discouraged.

I was in that same boat, only able to get through a lengthy meditation when fully submerged in a studio setting. But a five-minute solo session? Totally doable, I thought. Here’s what I learned after trying the app for a little over a week.

RELATED: 9 Mantras to Find Zen from Gabrielle Bernstein’s New Book

[caption id="attachment_54689" align="alignnone" width="620"]The 5-Minute Meditation App that Makes Mindfulness Easy Photo courtesy for Simple Habit[/caption]

5 Things I Learned from Using a Meditation App

1. Scheduling a meditation really helps you stick to it.

I knew I wanted to try to meditate for at least a few consecutive days to feel the effects. But with a busy day at work, followed by events and sleepiness, I made it to whopping Day Three before messing up my plan. And that’s mostly because it just slipped my mind. (Have you sensed the distracted theme yet?) The next day I decided that I’d add “meditate!” to my calendar every morning for the next seven days, and I could adjust on the fly if I wanted to listen to the app on the way to work or after leaving the office. Lesson learned: Actually having a wellness-boosting task on the schedule — complete with reminders — will get you to do it.

2. A midday mindfulness sesh can boost productivity.

In Simple Habit’s “on the go” feature, a wheel of meditations lets you choose based on the activity you’re doing — commuting, walking, etc. I chose “at work,” which opened up a few more options from which I selected “improve focus.” (Within the work category, you can also opt for “lunch break,” “stressed,” “frustrated” or “work break.”) I sat in a small conference room to listen. While it took me a minute to get over my fear that someone would see my eyes closed and think I was sleeping, I quickly pressed play and settled into my five minutes of peacefulness. A voice with an Australian accent told me to roll my shoulders down, relax and tune into how my hands felt. Concentrating on just one sensation certainly helped bring me into the moment.

Without the distraction of emails, Slacks or chats gone wild, I did manage to walk out of the room ready to take on the next task. (Hint: writing this story.) While I don’t think that calm and concentrated vibe lasted through the remainder of the day, it was definitely a welcomed break. And confessional side note, I didn’t really get over the fear of a co-worker thinking I was sleeping. So I did this one with my eyes open. Picture the possibilities if I had them closed.

RELATED: Single-Tasking: The Secret to Less Stress, More Productivity

3. You can meditate anywhere, even on your morning commute.

I can’t even imagine just how lovely the New York City subway would be if everyone listened to a meditation while on it. Just think of the benefits of stepping onto the train to de-stress!

That's precisely what I did on day two of testing this app — as soon as I got on the subway, I popped in my earplugs to meditate. While most people read or play music to pass the time, the app forced me to stay in the moment. I listened as the voice in my ear instructed me to observe the sounds, sights and smells around me. It’s certainly tough to tune into everyone and everything you encounter on your morning commute, but it’s probably one of the most effective ways to learn to focus on the present. I plan to practice en route to work more often, even if that opens my eyes to more subway shenanigans.

4. Not all guided meditations are the same.

As mentioned, this app offers different categories for various meditations. Besides work and commute, you can choose one for sleep, the morning, a tough day, a big event, walking and more. For each of those categories, comes more subcategories that practically called my name: Mallory, are you restless? Want to improve your mood? Feeling under the weather? We have the magic formula, just click here.

I wanted to hear what all of these meditations sounded like. So I ended up listening to two of the audios on some days. For example, I'd tune in while walking to the subway in the morning, when I'd pay attention to how my body was moving and observe the environment around me. Then I'd listen again before I went to bed, when I concentrated more on my breath. With so many options, it’s easy to find a meditation you like or one that better fits your schedule.

RELATED: 7 Ways to Carve Out Time to Meditate

5. Meditation is the best way to get out of bed.

…especially for non-morning people, like me. Even if I go to sleep at 10 p.m. and only need to get up around 7 a.m., I still have a tough time crawling out of the covers. A quick post-snooze mindfulness session changed the game, though. Taking five minutes to listen to Simple Habit before jumping to my feet basically put me on cloud nine and let me float through the morning. In other words, stay in bed for a few extra minutes tomorrow and try it. Day, made!

Want to try Simple Habit? Download it for free on iOS and Android devices. It also has additional in-app purchases for more guided meditations.

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The 5-Minute Meditation App that Makes Mindfulness Easy

[caption id="attachment_54688" align="alignnone" width="620"]The 5-Minute Meditation App that Makes Mindfulness Easy Photo: Twenty20[/caption] Over the last few months, I’ve noticed just how much my mind wanders. Maybe you’ve been here, too: When a comment or question requires your response mid convo, and you have to resort to the lame (and obviously distracted) nod and smile. Naturally, I’d like to blame social media for this lack of attention span. I’ve caught myself thinking more about what my Instagram caption will be than actually experiencing the intensity of my workout or savoring every sip of my Bloody Mary. The first step is realizing you have a problem though, right? So when my editor asked if anyone wanted to try a new five-minute meditation app, Simple Habit, I quickly raised my hand. (Because I was listening closely that time!) RELATED: 40 Resources for Practicing Mindfulness Every Day This wouldn’t be my first attempt at powering up my mindfulness skills. I occasionally listen to a Buddhify meditation before I go to sleep. I try to eat my dinner at least a few nights a week sans Gilmore Girls — that way I can taste my food without distraction. I’ve also signed up for more yoga classes than ever. But I was ready for some extra tech-spiration. RELATED: Meditation Meets HIIT in New Mindful Fitness Approach

Simple Habit: A Meditation App for People on the Move 

The idea behind Simple Habit (free on iOS and Android) is, well, pretty simple: Listen to the short, guided meditations throughout the day to gain a calmer, more in-the-moment mindset — aka exactly what I needed to get focused. Founded by an entrepreneur who started meditating to deal with her own work-related stress, Yunha Kim had discovered that a few quick bouts of mindfulness each day tipped her mental scale toward zen. “At Simple Habit, we believe that starting with just five minutes of daily meditation is the easiest entry point into a lifelong meditation practice,” she says. “One common mistake beginner meditators make is setting the bar too high — like committing to 30 minutes of meditation every morning.” While an admirable goal, she says, it’s easy to miss a day and get discouraged. I was in that same boat, only able to get through a lengthy meditation when fully submerged in a studio setting. But a five-minute solo session? Totally doable, I thought. Here’s what I learned after trying the app for a little over a week. RELATED: 9 Mantras to Find Zen from Gabrielle Bernstein’s New Book [caption id="attachment_54689" align="alignnone" width="620"]The 5-Minute Meditation App that Makes Mindfulness Easy Photo courtesy for Simple Habit[/caption]

5 Things I Learned from Using a Meditation App

1. Scheduling a meditation really helps you stick to it.

I knew I wanted to try to meditate for at least a few consecutive days to feel the effects. But with a busy day at work, followed by events and sleepiness, I made it to whopping Day Three before messing up my plan. And that’s mostly because it just slipped my mind. (Have you sensed the distracted theme yet?) The next day I decided that I’d add “meditate!” to my calendar every morning for the next seven days, and I could adjust on the fly if I wanted to listen to the app on the way to work or after leaving the office. Lesson learned: Actually having a wellness-boosting task on the schedule — complete with reminders — will get you to do it.

2. A midday mindfulness sesh can boost productivity.

In Simple Habit’s “on the go” feature, a wheel of meditations lets you choose based on the activity you’re doing — commuting, walking, etc. I chose “at work,” which opened up a few more options from which I selected “improve focus.” (Within the work category, you can also opt for “lunch break,” “stressed,” “frustrated” or “work break.”) I sat in a small conference room to listen. While it took me a minute to get over my fear that someone would see my eyes closed and think I was sleeping, I quickly pressed play and settled into my five minutes of peacefulness. A voice with an Australian accent told me to roll my shoulders down, relax and tune into how my hands felt. Concentrating on just one sensation certainly helped bring me into the moment. Without the distraction of emails, Slacks or chats gone wild, I did manage to walk out of the room ready to take on the next task. (Hint: writing this story.) While I don’t think that calm and concentrated vibe lasted through the remainder of the day, it was definitely a welcomed break. And confessional side note, I didn’t really get over the fear of a co-worker thinking I was sleeping. So I did this one with my eyes open. Picture the possibilities if I had them closed. RELATED: Single-Tasking: The Secret to Less Stress, More Productivity

3. You can meditate anywhere, even on your morning commute.

I can’t even imagine just how lovely the New York City subway would be if everyone listened to a meditation while on it. Just think of the benefits of stepping onto the train to de-stress! That's precisely what I did on day two of testing this app — as soon as I got on the subway, I popped in my earplugs to meditate. While most people read or play music to pass the time, the app forced me to stay in the moment. I listened as the voice in my ear instructed me to observe the sounds, sights and smells around me. It’s certainly tough to tune into everyone and everything you encounter on your morning commute, but it’s probably one of the most effective ways to learn to focus on the present. I plan to practice en route to work more often, even if that opens my eyes to more subway shenanigans.

4. Not all guided meditations are the same.

As mentioned, this app offers different categories for various meditations. Besides work and commute, you can choose one for sleep, the morning, a tough day, a big event, walking and more. For each of those categories, comes more subcategories that practically called my name: Mallory, are you restless? Want to improve your mood? Feeling under the weather? We have the magic formula, just click here. I wanted to hear what all of these meditations sounded like. So I ended up listening to two of the audios on some days. For example, I'd tune in while walking to the subway in the morning, when I'd pay attention to how my body was moving and observe the environment around me. Then I'd listen again before I went to bed, when I concentrated more on my breath. With so many options, it’s easy to find a meditation you like or one that better fits your schedule. RELATED: 7 Ways to Carve Out Time to Meditate

5. Meditation is the best way to get out of bed.

…especially for non-morning people, like me. Even if I go to sleep at 10 p.m. and only need to get up around 7 a.m., I still have a tough time crawling out of the covers. A quick post-snooze mindfulness session changed the game, though. Taking five minutes to listen to Simple Habit before jumping to my feet basically put me on cloud nine and let me float through the morning. In other words, stay in bed for a few extra minutes tomorrow and try it. Day, made! Want to try Simple Habit? Download it for free on iOS and Android devices. It also has additional in-app purchases for more guided meditations.

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The Best New Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-new-fitness-trackers/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-new-fitness-trackers/#respond Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:15:56 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=54714 The 8 Best Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game

The Best New Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game

You’ve tracked countless steps and picked apart numerous hours of sleep (or lack thereof). Now it’s time to take your exercise data to the next level. These eight fitness trackers motivate you to go way beyond logging 10,000 steps or snagging eight hours of shut-eye. They provide coaching and feedback on strength exercises, boxing basics and triathlon training — heck, they might even help you get to a finish line faster.

Welcome the new age of sports watches! We bet they’ll be your best workout buds in no time.

RELATED: 9 Top Wireless Headphones for Fitness Fanatics

8 Tricked Out Fitness Trackers

Mood Now Fitness Tracker

1. Moov Now

Best for: Training day
Anyone who’s tried Wii Fit knows how fun it can be to turn a workout into a video game, complete with a little competition (at least against yourself). That’s what the Moov wristband and app does for exercise on the go. Choose a workout routine in the app, and the wristband’s 3D motion sensor analyzes your movements. As you exercise, a coach will count reps, encourage you to keep pushing and even provide tips on form, like keeping your upper body stable in a plank.

Moov’s real-time feedback goes beyond strength training, too. If you’re running, it might tell you to land softer or lengthen your stride. And while cycling, it’ll offer advice on when to switch gears on your bike, so you can power up a steep incline. The best part about the band, though, is the cardio boxing feature. You’ll see a sequence on screen (think different pop-up combos similar to Guitar Hero) that’ll lead you to jab, uppercut and hook your way to a high calorie burn. Start at “basic training” and work your way to “champion” level. Gigi Hadid and the model gang will have nothing on you. ($60, moov.cc)

Apple Watch Nike+ Fitness Tracker

2. Apple Watch Nike+

Best for: Running this town
Consider the Apple Watch Nike+ an all-in-one smartwatch built specifically for athletes. It’s also one you’ll want to wear all day long. With the same trusted features as the Apple Watch Series 2, the Nike+ iteration also boasts built-in GPS (no iPhone required on runs), but with a brighter display, sportier strap and water resistance up to 50 meters.

Nike doesn’t just bring the cool factor, either. Ease of use and community are baked right in. Start a run with one click to the home screen or schedule one for later in the day. See real-time stats big and bold. Get audio updates from NRC coaches as you pick up the pace. And when you're done with your run, challenge Nike+ friends to match it. When your watch asks, “Are we running today?” we think we know the answer… ($369 for 38 mm, $399 for 42 mm; nike.com and apple.com) —Jordan Shakeshaft

RELATED: Hate Running? 25 Ways to Learn to Love It

Strenx by GymWatch Fitness Tracker

3. Strenx by GymWatch

Best for: Heavy lifting
Let’s be real: Most of us could use a little help when it comes to mastering proper form during strength sessions. Enter, Strenx by GymWatch. The wearable band wraps around your arm or leg and (with the help of an app) gives audio and visual cues on how to make your lifting routine more efficient.

Thanks to a sensor that includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, the band analyzes your movements around all axis and tells just how long your muscles tense up during an exercise. That means it can read your range of motion, starting and max strength, power, force, volume, the number of partial and full reps and more. Choose an entire workout sequence from the app or put together your own line-up by pulling from the library of 900 moves. Then prepare for some serious strength gains. ($149, store.gymwatch.com)

TomTom Adventurer Fitness Tracker

4. Tom Tom Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch

Best for: Hitting the slopes
If winter sports are your thing, then you'll want the TomTom Adventurer on your wrist. In one rugged wearable, you’ll get built-in GPS, a compass and heart-rate monitor, plus 3GB of music storage. But what really sets this arm candy apart is the addition of a newly minted barometer to enable fresh new sports modes: skiing, snowboarding, hiking and trail running. Even fancier: Lift detection mode, so you can kick back on the ride up the mountain to check out some quick real-time stats. Apres-ski, connect to the MySports app to pour over the day’s runs in more detail, including distance, elevation, ascent, descent, max speed and max hill gradient.

Hiking more your scene? Expect up to 24 hours of continuous use (GPS is sampled every two seconds, favoring battery life over pin-point accuracy). Still, hikers will come away with a pretty detailed report card, including ascent, descent, splits and a topographical map of your route — all via the MySports app. ($349, tomtom.com) —J.S.

RELATED: The 10 Most Incredible Hiking Trails in the World

Garmin Forerunner 35 Fitness Tracker

5. Garmin Forerunner 35

Best for: Scoring that PR
Got your eye on the finish line of your first half-marathon or a new race day record? This Garmin Forerunner will help get you there. Besides providing pace, distance, total time, heart rate, training zones and calories burned, you can also set your goal pace, opt to follow intervals or choose the run/walk function and it’ll notify you when to speed up or slow down. You control your hype-me-up playlist right from your wrist for an extra boost, too. And by signing up on GarminConnect.com, you can also choose a training plan, see your monthly progress, find a new route or join challenges.

It won’t let you just sit back and relax after pounding the pavement, either. The watch will buzz if you’ve been sitting too long. Even better, it’ll tell you if you’ve hit the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (or 75 minutes in the vigorous range), guidelines set by the American Heart Association. In other words, you can’t just phone in your workouts — how hard you work really matters. ($200, shop.garmin.com)

LVL Fitness Tracker

6. LVL

Best for: Nutrition tracking
One thing most trackers neglect to keep tabs on: your H2O levels... until LVL came along. In addition to the typical steps, sleep and heart rate monitor, this wristband uses medical-grade infrared light to tell you how hydrated you are (or aren’t). It also tells you exactly how much more liquid you need to improve physical performance levels, and how that’ll enhance your sleep and your mood. Created by an MD who suffered a stroke due to dehydration and based on more than four years’ worth of research, it’s the first consumer product to provide info on hydration in real-time. Anyone else reaching for their water bottle already? ($150, available for pre-order now at onelvl.com, ships August 2017)

RELATED: 10 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)

Huawei Fit Fitness Tracker

7. Huawei Fit

Best for: Triathlon training
The sleek Huawei Fit watch is so lightweight you’ll hardly notice it’s on your wrist — an attribute you’ll hold high if you’re trying to swim, bike and run your way to the finish line. Within the Huawei Wear app, you’ll find how much time you spent walking, running, biking, swimming and climbing stairs throughout the day. Plus, for each workout you complete, it breaks down each minute you spent in the various heart rate training zones, from fat burn to aerobic to anaerobic.

It’ll also give live updates on your heart rate while you work out. (Just tap for data when you’re at rest.) You have the option of choosing a training plan within the app, which syncs with your watch to coach you through each exercise session. And you can opt to get text notifications as soon as someone pings you, too, so you don’t miss a beat while working out. ($129, huawei.com)

Polar M600 Fitness Tracker

8. Polar M600

Best for: Goal getting
Sure, most trackers tell you how many minutes you’ve been active, but not many point out how much time you spent in your seat in a day — and that can yield some surprising stats. If that doesn’t inspire you to get moving more, the Polar M600 also allows you to set a goal (like running for 30 minutes or burning 500 calories during a bike ride) and will give you updates on your progress or whether you need to push harder along the way. When you’re done, it’ll provide instant feedback on the benefits of your workout, including the zones you reached (for example, fat burning) or how you improved your aerobic capacity.

The coolest feature of the M600 comes from its Siri-like assistance. Don’t want to forget your sneakers for your morning workout or need to add a run to tomorrow’s schedule? Simply say, “OK, Google,” and give it the command. It’ll remind you at the time you requested, so you’re set for success. ($330, polar.com)

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The 8 Best Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game

The Best New Fitness Trackers to Step Up Your Game You’ve tracked countless steps and picked apart numerous hours of sleep (or lack thereof). Now it’s time to take your exercise data to the next level. These eight fitness trackers motivate you to go way beyond logging 10,000 steps or snagging eight hours of shut-eye. They provide coaching and feedback on strength exercises, boxing basics and triathlon training — heck, they might even help you get to a finish line faster. Welcome the new age of sports watches! We bet they’ll be your best workout buds in no time. RELATED: 9 Top Wireless Headphones for Fitness Fanatics

8 Tricked Out Fitness Trackers

Mood Now Fitness Tracker

1. Moov Now

Best for: Training day Anyone who’s tried Wii Fit knows how fun it can be to turn a workout into a video game, complete with a little competition (at least against yourself). That’s what the Moov wristband and app does for exercise on the go. Choose a workout routine in the app, and the wristband’s 3D motion sensor analyzes your movements. As you exercise, a coach will count reps, encourage you to keep pushing and even provide tips on form, like keeping your upper body stable in a plank. Moov’s real-time feedback goes beyond strength training, too. If you’re running, it might tell you to land softer or lengthen your stride. And while cycling, it’ll offer advice on when to switch gears on your bike, so you can power up a steep incline. The best part about the band, though, is the cardio boxing feature. You’ll see a sequence on screen (think different pop-up combos similar to Guitar Hero) that’ll lead you to jab, uppercut and hook your way to a high calorie burn. Start at “basic training” and work your way to “champion” level. Gigi Hadid and the model gang will have nothing on you. ($60, moov.cc)
Apple Watch Nike+ Fitness Tracker

2. Apple Watch Nike+

Best for: Running this town Consider the Apple Watch Nike+ an all-in-one smartwatch built specifically for athletes. It’s also one you’ll want to wear all day long. With the same trusted features as the Apple Watch Series 2, the Nike+ iteration also boasts built-in GPS (no iPhone required on runs), but with a brighter display, sportier strap and water resistance up to 50 meters. Nike doesn’t just bring the cool factor, either. Ease of use and community are baked right in. Start a run with one click to the home screen or schedule one for later in the day. See real-time stats big and bold. Get audio updates from NRC coaches as you pick up the pace. And when you're done with your run, challenge Nike+ friends to match it. When your watch asks, “Are we running today?” we think we know the answer… ($369 for 38 mm, $399 for 42 mm; nike.com and apple.com) —Jordan Shakeshaft RELATED: Hate Running? 25 Ways to Learn to Love It
Strenx by GymWatch Fitness Tracker

3. Strenx by GymWatch

Best for: Heavy lifting Let’s be real: Most of us could use a little help when it comes to mastering proper form during strength sessions. Enter, Strenx by GymWatch. The wearable band wraps around your arm or leg and (with the help of an app) gives audio and visual cues on how to make your lifting routine more efficient. Thanks to a sensor that includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, the band analyzes your movements around all axis and tells just how long your muscles tense up during an exercise. That means it can read your range of motion, starting and max strength, power, force, volume, the number of partial and full reps and more. Choose an entire workout sequence from the app or put together your own line-up by pulling from the library of 900 moves. Then prepare for some serious strength gains. ($149, store.gymwatch.com)
TomTom Adventurer Fitness Tracker

4. Tom Tom Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch

Best for: Hitting the slopes If winter sports are your thing, then you'll want the TomTom Adventurer on your wrist. In one rugged wearable, you’ll get built-in GPS, a compass and heart-rate monitor, plus 3GB of music storage. But what really sets this arm candy apart is the addition of a newly minted barometer to enable fresh new sports modes: skiing, snowboarding, hiking and trail running. Even fancier: Lift detection mode, so you can kick back on the ride up the mountain to check out some quick real-time stats. Apres-ski, connect to the MySports app to pour over the day’s runs in more detail, including distance, elevation, ascent, descent, max speed and max hill gradient. Hiking more your scene? Expect up to 24 hours of continuous use (GPS is sampled every two seconds, favoring battery life over pin-point accuracy). Still, hikers will come away with a pretty detailed report card, including ascent, descent, splits and a topographical map of your route — all via the MySports app. ($349, tomtom.com) —J.S. RELATED: The 10 Most Incredible Hiking Trails in the World
Garmin Forerunner 35 Fitness Tracker

5. Garmin Forerunner 35

Best for: Scoring that PR Got your eye on the finish line of your first half-marathon or a new race day record? This Garmin Forerunner will help get you there. Besides providing pace, distance, total time, heart rate, training zones and calories burned, you can also set your goal pace, opt to follow intervals or choose the run/walk function and it’ll notify you when to speed up or slow down. You control your hype-me-up playlist right from your wrist for an extra boost, too. And by signing up on GarminConnect.com, you can also choose a training plan, see your monthly progress, find a new route or join challenges. It won’t let you just sit back and relax after pounding the pavement, either. The watch will buzz if you’ve been sitting too long. Even better, it’ll tell you if you’ve hit the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (or 75 minutes in the vigorous range), guidelines set by the American Heart Association. In other words, you can’t just phone in your workouts — how hard you work really matters. ($200, shop.garmin.com)
LVL Fitness Tracker

6. LVL

Best for: Nutrition tracking One thing most trackers neglect to keep tabs on: your H2O levels... until LVL came along. In addition to the typical steps, sleep and heart rate monitor, this wristband uses medical-grade infrared light to tell you how hydrated you are (or aren’t). It also tells you exactly how much more liquid you need to improve physical performance levels, and how that’ll enhance your sleep and your mood. Created by an MD who suffered a stroke due to dehydration and based on more than four years’ worth of research, it’s the first consumer product to provide info on hydration in real-time. Anyone else reaching for their water bottle already? ($150, available for pre-order now at onelvl.com, ships August 2017) RELATED: 10 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)
Huawei Fit Fitness Tracker

7. Huawei Fit

Best for: Triathlon training The sleek Huawei Fit watch is so lightweight you’ll hardly notice it’s on your wrist — an attribute you’ll hold high if you’re trying to swim, bike and run your way to the finish line. Within the Huawei Wear app, you’ll find how much time you spent walking, running, biking, swimming and climbing stairs throughout the day. Plus, for each workout you complete, it breaks down each minute you spent in the various heart rate training zones, from fat burn to aerobic to anaerobic. It’ll also give live updates on your heart rate while you work out. (Just tap for data when you’re at rest.) You have the option of choosing a training plan within the app, which syncs with your watch to coach you through each exercise session. And you can opt to get text notifications as soon as someone pings you, too, so you don’t miss a beat while working out. ($129, huawei.com)
Polar M600 Fitness Tracker

8. Polar M600

Best for: Goal getting Sure, most trackers tell you how many minutes you’ve been active, but not many point out how much time you spent in your seat in a day — and that can yield some surprising stats. If that doesn’t inspire you to get moving more, the Polar M600 also allows you to set a goal (like running for 30 minutes or burning 500 calories during a bike ride) and will give you updates on your progress or whether you need to push harder along the way. When you’re done, it’ll provide instant feedback on the benefits of your workout, including the zones you reached (for example, fat burning) or how you improved your aerobic capacity. The coolest feature of the M600 comes from its Siri-like assistance. Don’t want to forget your sneakers for your morning workout or need to add a run to tomorrow’s schedule? Simply say, “OK, Google,” and give it the command. It’ll remind you at the time you requested, so you’re set for success. ($330, polar.com) Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

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9 Top Wireless Headphones for Fitness Fanatics https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-wireless-headphones-workout/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/best-wireless-headphones-workout/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:15:14 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=53927

The 9 Best Wireless Headphones for Every Workout

No one wants to worry about getting tangled up in wires while trying to get a sweat on. Or constantly fidgeting with too-loose earphones. Enter: These nine wireless headphones that solve both problems, while still providing that pump-you-up playlist. Whether you’re an avid runner or a casual gym goer, we found your new best (ear)buds.

RELATED: The 14 Best Sneakers for Every Workout

9 Wireless Headphones for Every Workout Warrior 

iClever BoostRun Wireless Headphones

1. No-Slip Saviors
Best for: Sticking to a budget
With a waterproof frame and a silicone clip that goes around your ear, the iClever BoostRun BTH07 Sweatproof Bluetooth Sport Headphones won’t slide around — even if you’re super sweaty or running in the rain. The best part, though: They’re only $20. A definite plus for those who want the tech, without the big price tag. (iclever.com.)

UA Heart Rate Sport Wireless Headphones

2. Cardio Commander
Best for: Tracking stats
You’ve probably heard that heart rate training can help you reach your fitness goals, especially if you’re training for an endurance race (like one of these 10Ks). Well, thanks to the technology built into these buds, the UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate headphones give you on-demand updates on what zone you’re working out in. All you have to do is touch the right earbud. ($200, underarmour.com)

RELATED: Get in the Zone with Heart Rate Training

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Headphones

3. 24/7 Coach
Best for: Strength training newbies
Here’s your chance to have a personal trainer’s encouragement and updates right in your ear. Connect the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Bluetooth earbuds to the Jabra Sport Life app, choose your circuit workout and you’ll get guidance on the moves and rep counts. Want to hop on the treadmill after? It’ll also update you on pace, cadence, distance and calories burned — all while blocking out a noisy gym. ($120, jabra.com)

Optoma NuForce BeSport 3

4. Functional Fashion
Best for: Everyday wear
The Optoma NuForce BE Sport3 headphones look stylish enough to wear around town (they come in multiple colors), yet functional enough to remain in place during any workout, even HIIT. The double-tip earbud helps them stay secure — just pick the size that best fits you (you’ll get a few in your pack). When fully charged, they also have a 10-hour battery life, which is longer than the typical six to eight. ($80, optomausa.com)

RELATED: 3 Fat-Blasting HIIT Workouts to Try Now

Phiaton Wireless Headphones

5. Staying Power
Best for: A fast-paced lifestyle
If you’re constantly running from workouts to meetings to happy hours, the Phiaton BT 110 wireless headphones will move right along with you. The ergonomic, super lightweight design stays put, whether you’re working hard at the gym or relaxing on the train. They also have a built-in microphone to make phone calls more convenient. ($98, phiaton.com)

Sol Republic Amps Air Wireless Headphones

6. Next-Level Hardware
Best for: The tech obsessed
The only headphones on this list with zero wires (not even between the two earbuds): Sol Republic’s Amps Air. Their sleek, water-resistant design offers awesome sound quality and four sizes of ear tips for a better fit. While the headphones only provide three hours of music at a time, they come with a chic, portable case that can charge them up to 15 times (before the case needs a charge, too) — and the cord doubles as a phone charger. Win, win! ($180, solrepublic.com)

RELATED: 7 Killer Workout Playlists to Get You Through Any Workout

SU2C Roam Wireless Headphones

7. Charity Case
Best for: Gear that gives back
Listen to your favorite songs on the go, while supporting cancer research! The SU2C & Roams Ropes Headphones give 18% to the Stand Up to Cancer foundation, so you can feel good about your purchase. Featuring sound technology by the co-creator of Beats By Dre, the music comes out super smooth thanks to a built-in amplifier. While they do have wires that go around your neck, their lightweight design and comfy earbuds make up for the extra equipment. ($199, shopsu2c.org)

ZipBuds Catalyst Wireless Headphones

8. All-Purpose Pair
Best for: The casual gym-goer
The Zipbuds Catalyst Wireless Sport Earbuds look fashionable, courtesy of the white-and-gold and black-and-silver color combos. But you’ll also hardly notice them in your ear (that’s how snug they are!). These headphones have an adjustable strap that goes around your neck, a portable charger, as well as a remote talk button and noise-isolating microphone. Perfect for every busy fitness fan. ($160, available for pre-order on indiegogo.com)

Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones

9. Sound Machine
Best for: Music mavens
Three stand-out qualities you’ll get from the Powerbeats3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: a secure fit, 12-hour battery life and superior sound quality. (Seriously, you’ll want to crank your jams allthewayup! Just remember, safety first.) There’s also a “fast fuel” feature that gives you an hour of music on a five-minute charge. Super clutch for on-the-fly workouts. ($200, beatsbydre.com)

Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

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The 9 Best Wireless Headphones for Every Workout No one wants to worry about getting tangled up in wires while trying to get a sweat on. Or constantly fidgeting with too-loose earphones. Enter: These nine wireless headphones that solve both problems, while still providing that pump-you-up playlist. Whether you’re an avid runner or a casual gym goer, we found your new best (ear)buds. RELATED: The 14 Best Sneakers for Every Workout

9 Wireless Headphones for Every Workout Warrior 

iClever BoostRun Wireless Headphones
1. No-Slip Saviors Best for: Sticking to a budget With a waterproof frame and a silicone clip that goes around your ear, the iClever BoostRun BTH07 Sweatproof Bluetooth Sport Headphones won’t slide around — even if you’re super sweaty or running in the rain. The best part, though: They’re only $20. A definite plus for those who want the tech, without the big price tag. (iclever.com.)
UA Heart Rate Sport Wireless Headphones
2. Cardio Commander Best for: Tracking stats You’ve probably heard that heart rate training can help you reach your fitness goals, especially if you’re training for an endurance race (like one of these 10Ks). Well, thanks to the technology built into these buds, the UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate headphones give you on-demand updates on what zone you’re working out in. All you have to do is touch the right earbud. ($200, underarmour.com) RELATED: Get in the Zone with Heart Rate Training
Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Headphones
3. 24/7 Coach Best for: Strength training newbies Here’s your chance to have a personal trainer’s encouragement and updates right in your ear. Connect the Jabra Sport Coach Wireless Bluetooth earbuds to the Jabra Sport Life app, choose your circuit workout and you’ll get guidance on the moves and rep counts. Want to hop on the treadmill after? It’ll also update you on pace, cadence, distance and calories burned — all while blocking out a noisy gym. ($120, jabra.com)
Optoma NuForce BeSport 3
4. Functional Fashion Best for: Everyday wear The Optoma NuForce BE Sport3 headphones look stylish enough to wear around town (they come in multiple colors), yet functional enough to remain in place during any workout, even HIIT. The double-tip earbud helps them stay secure — just pick the size that best fits you (you’ll get a few in your pack). When fully charged, they also have a 10-hour battery life, which is longer than the typical six to eight. ($80, optomausa.com) RELATED: 3 Fat-Blasting HIIT Workouts to Try Now
Phiaton Wireless Headphones
5. Staying Power Best for: A fast-paced lifestyle If you’re constantly running from workouts to meetings to happy hours, the Phiaton BT 110 wireless headphones will move right along with you. The ergonomic, super lightweight design stays put, whether you’re working hard at the gym or relaxing on the train. They also have a built-in microphone to make phone calls more convenient. ($98, phiaton.com)
Sol Republic Amps Air Wireless Headphones
6. Next-Level Hardware Best for: The tech obsessed The only headphones on this list with zero wires (not even between the two earbuds): Sol Republic’s Amps Air. Their sleek, water-resistant design offers awesome sound quality and four sizes of ear tips for a better fit. While the headphones only provide three hours of music at a time, they come with a chic, portable case that can charge them up to 15 times (before the case needs a charge, too) — and the cord doubles as a phone charger. Win, win! ($180, solrepublic.com) RELATED: 7 Killer Workout Playlists to Get You Through Any Workout
SU2C Roam Wireless Headphones
7. Charity Case Best for: Gear that gives back Listen to your favorite songs on the go, while supporting cancer research! The SU2C & Roams Ropes Headphones give 18% to the Stand Up to Cancer foundation, so you can feel good about your purchase. Featuring sound technology by the co-creator of Beats By Dre, the music comes out super smooth thanks to a built-in amplifier. While they do have wires that go around your neck, their lightweight design and comfy earbuds make up for the extra equipment. ($199, shopsu2c.org)
ZipBuds Catalyst Wireless Headphones
8. All-Purpose Pair Best for: The casual gym-goer The Zipbuds Catalyst Wireless Sport Earbuds look fashionable, courtesy of the white-and-gold and black-and-silver color combos. But you’ll also hardly notice them in your ear (that’s how snug they are!). These headphones have an adjustable strap that goes around your neck, a portable charger, as well as a remote talk button and noise-isolating microphone. Perfect for every busy fitness fan. ($160, available for pre-order on indiegogo.com)
Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones
9. Sound Machine Best for: Music mavens Three stand-out qualities you’ll get from the Powerbeats3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones: a secure fit, 12-hour battery life and superior sound quality. (Seriously, you’ll want to crank your jams allthewayup! Just remember, safety first.) There’s also a “fast fuel” feature that gives you an hour of music on a five-minute charge. Super clutch for on-the-fly workouts. ($200, beatsbydre.com) Disclosure: All products featured on our site are hand-picked by our editorial team in the hopes of getting you closer to your health and fitness goals. We only recommend products we love and believe that you will, too. If you come across an affiliate link on our site, that means we receive a small commission should you decide to make a purchase.

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Move Over, Pokemon Go: 6 Gamer Apps to Get Active https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/pokemon-go-best-gamer-apps-fitness/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/pokemon-go-best-gamer-apps-fitness/#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:15:25 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=52321 Move Over, Pokemon Go: 6 Gamer Apps to Get Active

[caption id="attachment_52329" align="alignnone" width="620"]Move Over, Pokemon Go: 6 Gamer Apps to Get Active Photo: Zombies Run![/caption]

Gaming and sedentary often fall in the same sentence. Until you mention Pokemon Go. The app has gotten more than 20 million daily users up and moving in hopes of catching the elusive digital monsters that appear on their smartphones.

Some experts think the fact that the app isn’t designed specifically for fitness (but rather, for fun) is why it’s working so well to get gamers on their feet. David A. Dzewaltowski, a professor in the department of kinesiology at Kansas State University, believes the distraction of the game is what might make it so successful.

RELATED: 275 Exercises to Shake Up Your Workout Routine

“If we start to think of ways technology can foster activity, even when the goal may not be the activity itself, we’re going to have people of all ages involved,” he says. “That’s very different than the stressful thought, ‘I’ve got to watch and count my steps.’ It’s essentially providing a way to get active, without that being the main goal.”

Want to find a way to rack up your step count, without even thinking about it? These five alternative apps to Pokemon Go will get both the avid user and the new gamer going.

RELATED: 7 Insider Tips to Level Up Your FitBit

6 Fun, Fit Apps (Better Than Pokemon Go)

1. Zombies, Run!
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, this app is for you! It turns any cardio session into a scene from your favorite horror flick or show. As you move around, you’ll listen to a mission to save the world from zombies and the closer they get to you, the quicker you need to run. (Hello, interval training!) The story lines are so good, you won’t even realize you’re putting in way more work than a casual stroll or jog. (Free or $3/month for all-access; iOS, Android)

[caption id="attachment_52323" align="alignnone" width="620"]Geocaching Photo: Geocaching[/caption]

2. Geocaching
Consider this a real-life treasure hunt that takes you around the world. Unlike other apps that involve virtual reality, this one involves people hiding actual containers for you to find all over the globe. When you find a box — whether in your backyard or many miles away — trade the geocaching game pieces inside, then sign and date the logbook and move on to the next one. Reaching that 10,000-a-day step count just got a lot easier (and way more exciting!). (Free or $6/month for premium; iOS and Android)

RELATED: Why Apps Might be Just as Good as Wearables for Tracking Steps

[caption id="attachment_52324" align="alignnone" width="620"]Goose Chase Screen Shots Photo: Goose Chase[/caption]

3. Goose Chase
When was the last time you did a scavenger hunt with your friends or family? Well, now you can have even more fun with it. Choose from pre-set tasks, like showing off your parkour skills on everyday terrain or racing a stranger on foot. Then post your craziest photos to the entertaining feed. You can also take over the designer’s seat and create your own hunt. Reward your participating crew with something special at the end. We suggest a post-20-burpee cashout to really raise the stakes — and the sweat. (Free to play; iOS, Android)

4. The Walk
From the same creators as Zombies, Run!, this app is best for beginners who aren’t quite ready to increase their speed. It also includes a spoken narrative that guides you on different missions, with every step helping you save the world. The game features 65 episodes containing intricate, fully-illustrated maps, 800 minutes of audio and hundreds of collectible items to explore the world. In other words, you’ll never get bored. ($3; iOS, Android)

RELATED: The Easiest 5K and 10K Training Plans Ever

[caption id="attachment_52325" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ninja Fitness Photo: Ninja Fitness[/caption]

5. Ninja Fitness
Learn from Grandmaster Old Beard what it takes to become a fit ninja. Pick your 3D character and follow along through bodyweight exercises to earn outfits, armor, weapons and some more pumped-up workouts. (Trainers show you how to do each move.) You can also earn new ninja belts by upping your skills in strength, agility, endurance and Zen. ($1; iOS)

[caption id="attachment_52326" align="alignnone" width="620"]SpecTrek Photo: Google Play[/caption]

6. SpecTrek
Similar to Pokemon Go, prepare to move around outdoors as you zap the ghouls invading your space. The app uses GPS and your camera to superimpose the creepy characters in your area. Pick the length of the session you want to participate in (anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours), look for the ghosts and other surprise creatures, and knock ‘em down. Just keep in mind it’s best to play in an open field so you have more room to roam. ($2.50; Android)

Pro Tip: You can use any game on your phone as an excuse to squeeze in some fitness. When you lose a round of Candy Crush or your friend schools you on Words with Friends, do 10 burpees or 20 lunges. Day, won.

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Move Over, Pokemon Go: 6 Gamer Apps to Get Active

[caption id="attachment_52329" align="alignnone" width="620"]Move Over, Pokemon Go: 6 Gamer Apps to Get Active Photo: Zombies Run![/caption] Gaming and sedentary often fall in the same sentence. Until you mention Pokemon Go. The app has gotten more than 20 million daily users up and moving in hopes of catching the elusive digital monsters that appear on their smartphones. Some experts think the fact that the app isn’t designed specifically for fitness (but rather, for fun) is why it’s working so well to get gamers on their feet. David A. Dzewaltowski, a professor in the department of kinesiology at Kansas State University, believes the distraction of the game is what might make it so successful. RELATED: 275 Exercises to Shake Up Your Workout Routine “If we start to think of ways technology can foster activity, even when the goal may not be the activity itself, we’re going to have people of all ages involved,” he says. “That’s very different than the stressful thought, ‘I’ve got to watch and count my steps.’ It’s essentially providing a way to get active, without that being the main goal.” Want to find a way to rack up your step count, without even thinking about it? These five alternative apps to Pokemon Go will get both the avid user and the new gamer going. RELATED: 7 Insider Tips to Level Up Your FitBit

6 Fun, Fit Apps (Better Than Pokemon Go)

1. Zombies, Run! If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, this app is for you! It turns any cardio session into a scene from your favorite horror flick or show. As you move around, you’ll listen to a mission to save the world from zombies and the closer they get to you, the quicker you need to run. (Hello, interval training!) The story lines are so good, you won’t even realize you’re putting in way more work than a casual stroll or jog. (Free or $3/month for all-access; iOS, Android) [caption id="attachment_52323" align="alignnone" width="620"]Geocaching Photo: Geocaching[/caption] 2. Geocaching Consider this a real-life treasure hunt that takes you around the world. Unlike other apps that involve virtual reality, this one involves people hiding actual containers for you to find all over the globe. When you find a box — whether in your backyard or many miles away — trade the geocaching game pieces inside, then sign and date the logbook and move on to the next one. Reaching that 10,000-a-day step count just got a lot easier (and way more exciting!). (Free or $6/month for premium; iOS and Android) RELATED: Why Apps Might be Just as Good as Wearables for Tracking Steps [caption id="attachment_52324" align="alignnone" width="620"]Goose Chase Screen Shots Photo: Goose Chase[/caption] 3. Goose Chase When was the last time you did a scavenger hunt with your friends or family? Well, now you can have even more fun with it. Choose from pre-set tasks, like showing off your parkour skills on everyday terrain or racing a stranger on foot. Then post your craziest photos to the entertaining feed. You can also take over the designer’s seat and create your own hunt. Reward your participating crew with something special at the end. We suggest a post-20-burpee cashout to really raise the stakes — and the sweat. (Free to play; iOS, Android) 4. The Walk From the same creators as Zombies, Run!, this app is best for beginners who aren’t quite ready to increase their speed. It also includes a spoken narrative that guides you on different missions, with every step helping you save the world. The game features 65 episodes containing intricate, fully-illustrated maps, 800 minutes of audio and hundreds of collectible items to explore the world. In other words, you’ll never get bored. ($3; iOS, Android) RELATED: The Easiest 5K and 10K Training Plans Ever [caption id="attachment_52325" align="alignnone" width="620"]Ninja Fitness Photo: Ninja Fitness[/caption] 5. Ninja Fitness Learn from Grandmaster Old Beard what it takes to become a fit ninja. Pick your 3D character and follow along through bodyweight exercises to earn outfits, armor, weapons and some more pumped-up workouts. (Trainers show you how to do each move.) You can also earn new ninja belts by upping your skills in strength, agility, endurance and Zen. ($1; iOS) [caption id="attachment_52326" align="alignnone" width="620"]SpecTrek Photo: Google Play[/caption] 6. SpecTrek Similar to Pokemon Go, prepare to move around outdoors as you zap the ghouls invading your space. The app uses GPS and your camera to superimpose the creepy characters in your area. Pick the length of the session you want to participate in (anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours), look for the ghosts and other surprise creatures, and knock ‘em down. Just keep in mind it’s best to play in an open field so you have more room to roam. ($2.50; Android) Pro Tip: You can use any game on your phone as an excuse to squeeze in some fitness. When you lose a round of Candy Crush or your friend schools you on Words with Friends, do 10 burpees or 20 lunges. Day, won.

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Sport Watches: Do You Really Need One? https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/sports-watch-tracking-pros-cons/ https://dailyburn.com/life/tech/sports-watch-tracking-pros-cons/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:15:52 +0000 http://dailyburn.com/life/?p=51800

[caption id="attachment_51802" align="alignnone" width="620"]Sports Watches: Do You Really Need One? Photo: Pond5[/caption]

Wearable fitness trackers can drop serious knowledge. From how many minutes you’re pushing it and the number of miles you’ve slayed, to your intensity (thanks, heart rate monitors!) and average pace. For many sweat seekers, sports watches have become an accessory staple. But, like many tools of the wellness world, they’re not for everybody or for every workout

RELATED: How to Make Better Use of Your Tracking Data

Tech Talk: Sports Watches

One person who should probably keep a sports watch around at all times, though: Someone looking to score a PR at their next race. “As a running coach, I am big on monitoring training pace,” says Matt Wilpers, RRCA Certified Running Coach and founder of CoachCasts. “Looking at performance data, I learn what my clients’ pace should be so they reach a certain desired intensity. Then, by monitoring their pace during a workout, I know if they’re under or overtraining.”

You can gain that same knowledge with your own fitness tracker, but it’s not always necessary. Here’s when to keep an eye on your stats and when you should get sweaty, sans technology.

RELATED: 5 Tweaks That Took an Hour Off My Marathon Time

When to Sport Your Fitness Tracker  

A sports watch does provide some serious pay-offs, even if you’re a beginner exerciser. Check these reasons, explained by Wilpers, why you might want to wear one:

1. It replaces a manual training log. Of course, wearable devices take the work out of recording your runs. So if you want to assess your progress, including the speed you’ve gained and how many miles you’ve tackled, an electronic log is the way to go. No pen, paper or calculator required.

2. It helps you stick to a training plan. Many plans provide pace targets, like running 20 seconds slower than your goal race pace or going at your average 10K race pace. A GPS watch will make sure you hit that mark. Plus, the closer you stick to your training plan, the closer you get to meeting your goal, which leads us too...

3. It may get you to the finish line faster. Leading up to race day, you’ll have a constant reminder of how far you’ve gone and how speedy you’ve gotten. This often gives users the confidence to keep pushing forward, getting stronger and increasing speed during training runs. Also, if you track your stats during the actual race, you can easily check that you’re on target to snag a PR. 

RELATED: The Easiest 5K and 10K Training Plan Ever

A GPS watch will guide you through both distance-based intervals and time-based bursts. This lets you take your stride anywhere.

4. It allows you to focus on distance. A GPS watch will guide you through both distance-based intervals and time-based bursts. This lets you take your stride anywhere — track, road, trail, mud pit, you name it — without having to do some math on mileage. Even better, you can think less about numbers and concentrate more on running efficiently through every type of training, whether you’re doing strides or tempo runs.

5. You can join a community. Sync your run (or ride) results to cool apps like Strava, RunKeeper or MapMyRun or FitBit and befriend other users so they can see your activity feed. This way, you’re likely to get encouragement and praise from your peers — along with some solid bragging rights — which often helps users stay the course. 

RELATED: Hey Runner, Are You Doing Strides?

When to Stash Your Fitness Tracker

Sometimes a constant reminder of your progress can be more of a distraction than a motivator. Here’s when to avoid watching your watch, according to Wilpers:

1. You just want to get up and go. You may prefer to exercise based on how your body feels — pushing harder on days when you feel you could go forever or cutting a run short when you’re super tired or sore. If that’s the case, leave the arm candy at home.

2. You have a recovery run. You killed a 10K or 13-miler and a day or two later, you’re ready to get back out there — without worrying about how fast your feet are moving. This is the time to embrace a casual run, without a tech buddy.

RELATED: The 50 Best Half Marathons in the U.S.

3. Seeing the data makes you tense. For some people, data reminders can get overwhelming. If you check your watch at every step, get super frustrated when you slow down, stress out about the time or think about how little you’ve traveled, perhaps it’s time to step away from the tracker. Notifications aren’t for you if they make you want to give up.

4. It’s Keeping You from a Good Workout. Every now and then technology fails us and a tracker dies or stops recording info. That doesn’t mean your run isn’t worth it or you should skip a few exercises in a group class while you try to fix it. If it becomes your excuse for not moving, toss it to the side.

RELATED: 9 Trainer Tips to Get More from Your Fitness Classes

Just like choosing a certain type of exercise, different people have different preferences when it comes to fitness trackers, so test what’s best for you. Typically, “Type A” personalities like to know all of their info to make sure they’re training efficiently, says Wilpers. On the other hand, some runners like to use the open road as a time to disconnect.

“I coached an athlete that ran 10 to 15 miles a day, mostly alone,” Wilpers says. “He liked to run based how he felt. That said, he still used a GPS watch because when he finished, he wanted to know how far he went and his pace during the run.” Sound like something you’d be into? Look for an option in your app to turn off updates. That way, you won’t receive constant reminders of your mileage and pace, but you can still check when you get home.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to record your workouts (if you do at all!). A tracking tool can certainly help improve your performance, says Wilpers, but it’s not a requirement for a successful workout. The most important thing: Listen to how your body feels, then get out there and enjoy the movement.

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[caption id="attachment_51802" align="alignnone" width="620"]Sports Watches: Do You Really Need One? Photo: Pond5[/caption] Wearable fitness trackers can drop serious knowledge. From how many minutes you’re pushing it and the number of miles you’ve slayed, to your intensity (thanks, heart rate monitors!) and average pace. For many sweat seekers, sports watches have become an accessory staple. But, like many tools of the wellness world, they’re not for everybody or for every workout RELATED: How to Make Better Use of Your Tracking Data

Tech Talk: Sports Watches

One person who should probably keep a sports watch around at all times, though: Someone looking to score a PR at their next race. “As a running coach, I am big on monitoring training pace,” says Matt Wilpers, RRCA Certified Running Coach and founder of CoachCasts. “Looking at performance data, I learn what my clients’ pace should be so they reach a certain desired intensity. Then, by monitoring their pace during a workout, I know if they’re under or overtraining.” You can gain that same knowledge with your own fitness tracker, but it’s not always necessary. Here’s when to keep an eye on your stats and when you should get sweaty, sans technology. RELATED: 5 Tweaks That Took an Hour Off My Marathon Time

When to Sport Your Fitness Tracker  

A sports watch does provide some serious pay-offs, even if you’re a beginner exerciser. Check these reasons, explained by Wilpers, why you might want to wear one: 1. It replaces a manual training log. Of course, wearable devices take the work out of recording your runs. So if you want to assess your progress, including the speed you’ve gained and how many miles you’ve tackled, an electronic log is the way to go. No pen, paper or calculator required. 2. It helps you stick to a training plan. Many plans provide pace targets, like running 20 seconds slower than your goal race pace or going at your average 10K race pace. A GPS watch will make sure you hit that mark. Plus, the closer you stick to your training plan, the closer you get to meeting your goal, which leads us too... 3. It may get you to the finish line faster. Leading up to race day, you’ll have a constant reminder of how far you’ve gone and how speedy you’ve gotten. This often gives users the confidence to keep pushing forward, getting stronger and increasing speed during training runs. Also, if you track your stats during the actual race, you can easily check that you’re on target to snag a PR.  RELATED: The Easiest 5K and 10K Training Plan Ever
A GPS watch will guide you through both distance-based intervals and time-based bursts. This lets you take your stride anywhere.
4. It allows you to focus on distance. A GPS watch will guide you through both distance-based intervals and time-based bursts. This lets you take your stride anywhere — track, road, trail, mud pit, you name it — without having to do some math on mileage. Even better, you can think less about numbers and concentrate more on running efficiently through every type of training, whether you’re doing strides or tempo runs. 5. You can join a community. Sync your run (or ride) results to cool apps like Strava, RunKeeper or MapMyRun or FitBit and befriend other users so they can see your activity feed. This way, you’re likely to get encouragement and praise from your peers — along with some solid bragging rights — which often helps users stay the course.  RELATED: Hey Runner, Are You Doing Strides?

When to Stash Your Fitness Tracker

Sometimes a constant reminder of your progress can be more of a distraction than a motivator. Here’s when to avoid watching your watch, according to Wilpers: 1. You just want to get up and go. You may prefer to exercise based on how your body feels — pushing harder on days when you feel you could go forever or cutting a run short when you’re super tired or sore. If that’s the case, leave the arm candy at home. 2. You have a recovery run. You killed a 10K or 13-miler and a day or two later, you’re ready to get back out there — without worrying about how fast your feet are moving. This is the time to embrace a casual run, without a tech buddy. RELATED: The 50 Best Half Marathons in the U.S. 3. Seeing the data makes you tense. For some people, data reminders can get overwhelming. If you check your watch at every step, get super frustrated when you slow down, stress out about the time or think about how little you’ve traveled, perhaps it’s time to step away from the tracker. Notifications aren’t for you if they make you want to give up. 4. It’s Keeping You from a Good Workout. Every now and then technology fails us and a tracker dies or stops recording info. That doesn’t mean your run isn’t worth it or you should skip a few exercises in a group class while you try to fix it. If it becomes your excuse for not moving, toss it to the side. RELATED: 9 Trainer Tips to Get More from Your Fitness Classes Just like choosing a certain type of exercise, different people have different preferences when it comes to fitness trackers, so test what’s best for you. Typically, “Type A” personalities like to know all of their info to make sure they’re training efficiently, says Wilpers. On the other hand, some runners like to use the open road as a time to disconnect. “I coached an athlete that ran 10 to 15 miles a day, mostly alone,” Wilpers says. “He liked to run based how he felt. That said, he still used a GPS watch because when he finished, he wanted to know how far he went and his pace during the run.” Sound like something you’d be into? Look for an option in your app to turn off updates. That way, you won’t receive constant reminders of your mileage and pace, but you can still check when you get home. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to record your workouts (if you do at all!). A tracking tool can certainly help improve your performance, says Wilpers, but it’s not a requirement for a successful workout. The most important thing: Listen to how your body feels, then get out there and enjoy the movement.

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[caption id="attachment_49212" align="alignnone" width="620"]How to Hack Your Google Calendar to Reach Your Goals Photo: Google[/caption]

Getting started on a new goal can be hard. But whether it’s exercising more, learning a new language, connecting with your family or carving out time for meditation, a new feature for Google Calendar claims it can support your pursuit of all those seemingly lofty hope and dreams. But can the new Goals feature really help you follow through with your half-marathon training or get your butt to morning yoga three times a week? Here’s what you need to know about this potentially game-changing tool.

RELATED: 15 Tricks to Actually Stick to Your Workouts

Google Calendar Goals: Set ‘Em So You Don’t Forget ‘Em

To start using the Goals feature, you’ll have to download the Google Calendar app if you’re not already using it. From the app, you can choose to set as many goals as you’d like, from five categories, including “Exercise,” “Build a Skill,” “Friends & Family,” “Me Time” and “Organize My Life.”

Next, select the time of day that’s best for you, or just have Google automatically pencil in time for the activity wherever you have room in your calendar that week. The app will eventually learn your schedule preferences, and every time you scroll through your calendar, you’ll be reminded with popups that it’s time to meditate (or read, run, study Spanish, you name it…).

RELATED: 19 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming a Morning Person

And if you miss an appointment because a meeting runs long or you woke up late, the app can assist with rescheduling. (It’s smart like that.) Prefer to keep track of your calendar from your desktop? The function might still be helpful for you: Scheduled “goal activities” will appear on your standard desktop browser calendar marked with a flag.

[caption id="attachment_49207" align="aligncenter" width="315"]How to Hack Your Google Calendar to Reach Your Goals GIF: Google[/caption]

Get Even Smarter About Goal Setting

If this all sounds simple enough, you’re not wrong. But before you embark on a new goal, just make sure it’s realistic and specific, and give yourself a little wiggle room, says Daily Burn Senior Fitness/Nutrition Coach Nora Minno, RD, CDN. Instead of saying you’ll work out seven days this week, pick the workouts you’ll do and give yourself a range, like four to five days. That way, if something comes up, you can still feel good about hitting the lower end of your goal.

RELATED: 15 Tricks to Actually Stick to Your Workouts

Planning mini “goal” appointments in advance could help by taking some of the thought out of holding yourself accountable, Minno says. “I talk to my clients a lot about scheduling workouts ahead of time, the same way you would schedule lunch with a friend or a meeting with a coworker.”

Plus, having visual cues within your calendar takes you back to your original motivation, says Minno. Maybe you were feeling a little sluggish on Sunday night and decided you’d definitely plan to exercise four times this week, for example. Every time you see your goal activities in your schedule, you’re more likely to recall the feeling that motivated you to set it in the first place, she says.

It can also help you reflect on how you’ll feel once you’ve reached your goal, says Minno. The colorful blocks peppered throughout your week can be a visual reminder of how important connecting with your family or committing to your health really is to you. They may be small chunks of time, but these mini reminders might be just the motivation you need to get on track to nail your every ambition.

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How to Hack Your Google Calendar to Reach Your Goals

[caption id="attachment_49212" align="alignnone" width="620"]How to Hack Your Google Calendar to Reach Your Goals Photo: Google[/caption] Getting started on a new goal can be hard. But whether it’s exercising more, learning a new language, connecting with your family or carving out time for meditation, a new feature for Google Calendar claims it can support your pursuit of all those seemingly lofty hope and dreams. But can the new Goals feature really help you follow through with your half-marathon training or get your butt to morning yoga three times a week? Here’s what you need to know about this potentially game-changing tool. RELATED: 15 Tricks to Actually Stick to Your Workouts

Google Calendar Goals: Set ‘Em So You Don’t Forget ‘Em

To start using the Goals feature, you’ll have to download the Google Calendar app if you’re not already using it. From the app, you can choose to set as many goals as you’d like, from five categories, including “Exercise,” “Build a Skill,” “Friends & Family,” “Me Time” and “Organize My Life.” Next, select the time of day that’s best for you, or just have Google automatically pencil in time for the activity wherever you have room in your calendar that week. The app will eventually learn your schedule preferences, and every time you scroll through your calendar, you’ll be reminded with popups that it’s time to meditate (or read, run, study Spanish, you name it…). RELATED: 19 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming a Morning Person And if you miss an appointment because a meeting runs long or you woke up late, the app can assist with rescheduling. (It’s smart like that.) Prefer to keep track of your calendar from your desktop? The function might still be helpful for you: Scheduled “goal activities” will appear on your standard desktop browser calendar marked with a flag. [caption id="attachment_49207" align="aligncenter" width="315"]How to Hack Your Google Calendar to Reach Your Goals GIF: Google[/caption]

Get Even Smarter About Goal Setting

If this all sounds simple enough, you’re not wrong. But before you embark on a new goal, just make sure it’s realistic and specific, and give yourself a little wiggle room, says Daily Burn Senior Fitness/Nutrition Coach Nora Minno, RD, CDN. Instead of saying you’ll work out seven days this week, pick the workouts you’ll do and give yourself a range, like four to five days. That way, if something comes up, you can still feel good about hitting the lower end of your goal. RELATED: 15 Tricks to Actually Stick to Your Workouts Planning mini “goal” appointments in advance could help by taking some of the thought out of holding yourself accountable, Minno says. “I talk to my clients a lot about scheduling workouts ahead of time, the same way you would schedule lunch with a friend or a meeting with a coworker.” Plus, having visual cues within your calendar takes you back to your original motivation, says Minno. Maybe you were feeling a little sluggish on Sunday night and decided you’d definitely plan to exercise four times this week, for example. Every time you see your goal activities in your schedule, you’re more likely to recall the feeling that motivated you to set it in the first place, she says. It can also help you reflect on how you’ll feel once you’ve reached your goal, says Minno. The colorful blocks peppered throughout your week can be a visual reminder of how important connecting with your family or committing to your health really is to you. They may be small chunks of time, but these mini reminders might be just the motivation you need to get on track to nail your every ambition.

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