Getting off your butt to exercise is hard. Doing it regularly is even harder. However, working out not only keeps us healthy but also looking good, so it’s important to stay on top of your fitness and keep to an exercise routine.
If you don’t know where to begin, here are five things that will help you stay on the grind.
1. Track your workouts
Diligently tracking your workouts will let you appreciate just how fitter and stronger you’re becoming from workout to workout, and also challenge you to continuously break personal records.
While you could always do it manually, it’s much easier with the Fitbit Flex 2, a fitness wristband that has a SmartTrack system to auto-detect continuous, high-movement activities such as walking, running, tennis, swimming and a host of other sports. The duration and calories burned are all logged into the Fitbit app, so you can effortlessly find out which type of exercise is giving you the most efficient results.
Speaking of swimming, the Flex 2 is water-resistant up to 50 metres, so you can wear it to the shower or keep count of your laps in the pool.
2. Rest and recover
Including breaks between training sessions is essential as you need to let the body repair, rebuild and strengthen itself. Doing so not only improves overall performance in the long run, but also ensures you spend time on other activities outside of the gym or studio so you don’t suffer from workout burn out.
Getting adequate sleep is a key part of the recovery process, and the Flex 2 has an auto-sleep tracking function that takes note of how long and well you sleep. Learning more about your sleeping pattern will let you make the necessary tweaks for higher quality rest.
3. Stay confident
Feeling good about your body will make you want to continuously do more for it. It doesn’t matter if the results from your hard work have yet to show (it can take four to six weeks for there to be a visible difference), being proud of the consistency you’ve been building up will make you want to keep pounding the pavement or treadmill.
Dressing well can make us look as good as we feel, and accessories are as important as your clothes when it comes to putting together a look. Going from workout to wedding? No problem – the Flex 2 has interchangeable accessory designs for every occasion. Simply remove the tracker and tuck it inside a beautiful Fitbit-designed pendant (available in silver and gold) or bangle (available in silver, rose gold and gold). Super luxe.
4. Eat well
Heard of the 80/20 diet? It’s where you consume nutritious food 80 percent of the time, and indulge in the yummy-but-not-so-healthy stuff the other 20. Don’t overthink it – if you eat three square meals a day, it’s basically allowing yourself a cheat meal three times a week.
Figuring out what’s nutritious can be tricky, but for starters, go with lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. For best results, take note of the calories you’re taking in for each meal and make sure the daily total doesn’t exceed the calories burned. Sounds like too much work? The Flex 2 keeps track of your calories burned, while the companion Fitbit app can record your daily calorie intake – easy peasy!
5. Make the little things count
Even when you’re not exercising, it’s good to keep moving, especially when you’ve been seated at your desk for hours. The Flex 2’s Reminders to Move urge you to get up and take a walk every hour to ensure you stay active and hit your hourly and daily step goals.
Plus, the ultra-slim wearable device lets you share your stats and compete with friends in Fitbit challenges, motivating you to stay fit in a fun way. It’s not hard to take charge of your fitness – especially if you’ve got a fitness buddy like the Fitbit Flex 2.
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