I always wear my FitBit to track my daily steps, nutrition, and sleep. It can be tricky to understand all of FitBit’s features, but I’ve learned a few simple tips I’m sharing with you to help you maximize the use of your fitness tracker.
1. Try out the FitBit Coach feature
Your FitBit is more than just a step tracker. The FitBit dashboard includes a feature called ‘FitBit Coach‘ that features over 100 guided workouts and complete fitness programs. This program is customizable to suit your fitness goals, weight-loss plan, or current exercise routine.
2. Scan your barcodes
Tracking your daily nutrition is easy with FitBit’s Food Tracking feature. It is often tedious to enter the macros and micros for every food you eat throughout the day, so my favourite way to track my nutrition is by scanning the barcode of my food packages before eating. This feature includes a camera function that allows you to scan/photograph the barcode.
3. Increase your battery life
To increase the time between charges, it’s a good idea to turn off the ‘All Day Sync’ feature on the FitBit app. Another option to preserve battery life is to disable the amount of reminders and alarms you have set on your device.
Do you have any tips to get the most out of your FitBit device?
This is a different post from what I normally write, but I’m always inspired by ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos and blog posts. I’ve recently started to incorporate more water, healthier meals, and less refined foods into my diet. Here is what a typical day looks like on my plate:
I start each day with two essentials: a cup of coffee and a glass of water. I like to drink a tall glass of water after waking up to hydrate. I then brew a coffee with my Keurig. Currently, my flavour of choice is Starbucks Caramel-Flavoured Coffee. My breakfast usually consists of a homemade breakfast sandwich – made with an English muffin, egg whites, turkey bacon and mozzarella cheese.
My lunch varies from day-to-day. Sometimes I’ll favour a salad, or other days I’ll make my favourite pasta dish. One meal that I’ve eaten often in the past two weeks is naan bread packed with veggies. After toasting a naan bread, I add a heap of lettuce, red pepper, cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. The veggies keep me full and satisfied for the afternoon so I don’t snack throughout the day.
I have an eternal love for pasta. Fettuccine alfredo is one of my favourite comfort foods, and I recently began making it with fresh pasta. (Fresh pasta tastes much better!) On the day I photographed these meals, I knew pasta would be my final dish of the day. I crafted this one with alfredo, fresh pasta, and a lot of mozzarella cheese (you’ll see a trend in each of these meals…)
What does your daily plate look like? If there are specific recipes or foods you eat on a typical day, let me know in the comments below!
Do you ever feel perpetually tired, no matter how long you slept the night before? Trying to fall asleep at night can feel dreadful. If you find yourself hitting the ‘Snooze’ button after a full night of rest, here are some tips for you! (I like to use these tips myself after Daylight Savings Time to compensate for the lost hour of sleep.)
1. Don’t hit the ‘Snooze’ button
I know, it’s tempting! Each time you hit the snooze button, you never know how your body will react – you may fall asleep, but not always. Instead of reaching for the ‘Snooze’ button when your alarm sounds try getting out of bed immediately and reach for a glass of water to refresh yourself.
2. Let the sunshine in
Inviting sunlight into your window, or getting outside, can help you feel more awake. Bright light helps your brain stay more awake in the morning. A brisk walk in the morning is usually enough to wake you, but if that is not an option, a bright light is a great substitute.
3. Try a cup of coffee
This is my favourite method of waking in the morning. Coffee contains caffeine, which acts to block sleep-inducing chemicals in your brain. A moderate amount of coffee is usually enough to increase your alertness throughout the day. I often start my day with an 8-ounce cup of coffee.
What activities do you engage in to increase your energy in the morning?
Stress is a normal part of everyday life. As much as we’d like to just drop everything and start a vacation, we usually just have to power through it and keep working. It is not easy to relive all the stressors in your life, so here are three quick ways to de-stress:
1. Find a short, relaxing exercise routine
A short exercise routine like stretching or a brief jog is ideal when you don’t have a lot of extra time. If you devote just 10-15 minutes to exercising each day (even if it just involves taking the stairs instead of an elevator) you accomplish three things: (1) You get your blood flowing, (2) You relax, and (3) You stretch any tight muscles.
2. Set a daily routine for yourself
Any joyful tasks that you enjoy doing on a daily basis have therapeutic benefits. For me, drinking my daily cup of coffee and applying makeup are calming activities. Maintaining a daily routine is an effective personal development practice. By engaging in a daily activity, you devote time to you.
3. Just breathe
Practicing deep breathing exercises can dramatically reduce stress and tension. Take a few slow, deep breaths each day to relieve stress. Mindfulness apps that include breathing techniques (my personal favorite is Calm – it features meditation and deep-breathing techniques for stress reduction.
What techniques do you use on a daily basis to de-stress?
Are you an avid coffee drinker? I often stay true to one type of brew, but enjoy changing how I take my morning coffee. Here are three ways you can upgrade your standard cup of coffee:
1. Heat your milk
If you enjoy milk and sugar in your coffee, heating the milk will kick it up a notch. Heat your milk before adding it to your cup to keep the coffee cold and add froth.
2. Reduce bitterness with a pinch of salt
Sprinkle a pinch of salt into your coffee to reduce the bitter taste. The sodium in the salt counteracts with the coffee and levels out the taste.
3. Create coffee ice cubes for the perfect iced brew
Adding coffee ice cubes to your iced coffee prevents the flavour from becoming watered-down. Freeze coffee into ice cube trays then add it into a cup when ready to enjoy.
What tips do you use to upgrade your coffee?
Coffee is one of my favourite things. I drink it daily and it gives me the perfect energy boost. I am a frequent Starbucks customer, and enjoy trying new drinks and food items. Starbucks can carry a heavy price tag, so today I’m sharing my favourite tips to save money on your daily cup!
1. Join the MyStarbucksRewards Program
This program involves earning Stars for every purchase. With each Tier of the program, you earn can earn free food and drinks after every 12 purchases. If you buy coffee daily, you’ll earn a free food/drink every two weeks! The program also has special promotions and Double Star Days to help you earn rewards quicker.
2. Create your own latte for the price of an espresso
Order 2-3 shots of espresso hot or over ice. Add your own milk afterwards to create your own latte for less.
3. Bring your own cup
I often bring my travel mug to Starbucks when I have a long study session ahead. Starbucks gives you a 10-cent discount when you bring your own reusable cup.
4. Brew your Starbucks coffee or tea at home
I recently discovered the variety of Starbucks K-Cups that exist for my Keurig. I buy a 12-pack of K-Cups for $11.99. My at-home coffee is still Starbucks brand, but it only costs about $1 per cup.
Do you visit Starbucks? What is your favourite tip to save money on your daily coffee?
I bought a FitBit last week, and I instantly fell in love with it. What exactly is a FitBit? It is a wearable fitness tracker that monitors everything from steps taken, heartbeat, hours slept, and food eaten.
A FitBit is a valuable piece of wearable technology. Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in one:
1. The sleep tracker function
We all know it’s important to get enough sleep each night. FitBit tracks your sleeping habits, which can help you improve them. You can view how long you slept for, how many minutes you were ‘restless’ for, and how long you were awake.
2. It is also a watch
I love this feature. The LED sceeen displays the time and date. I enjoy the convenience of having both the time and date right on my wrist.
3. It encourages you to workout
After a certain period of inactivity, FitBit prompts you to move. You are also able to input workout challenges as motivation. Challenges such as “Workweek Hustle” can be completed with friends to motivate you to get more steps.
I drink a lot of water each day, but I have never tracked the amount. Most experts reccommend 1-2 litres a day. I decided to challenge myself to drink at least one litre. I scoured the Apple App Store for an app to help me with the challenge. That is where I found My Water.
I opened the App on the first day, eager to begin the challenge. I input my height, weight and activity level. The App reccommended I drink 28 oz each day. (Or approximately 1 litre)
The first day of the challenge was Day 1 of my summer job. I knew I’d be moving more throughout the day and assumed I would drink more water as a result. I spent the day moving about the office and sipped on water between appointments. I hit my target of 28 oz without difficulty. At this point, I felt energized.
By midweek my energy continued. I felt less tired during the day. My skin looked brighter and clearer, though I kept my skincare routine the same. I did not notice many other changes but knew I kept my body hydrated. The only other big difference was my hunger levels. I did not snack as much throughout the day. I stuck to three main meals, sometimes two. I also found myself reaching for my water bottle more, knowing I had a quota to meet.
The challenge did provide subtle differences in my water consumption. I am more conscious of the amount of water I drink. I also reaped the benefit of clearer skin.
How much water do you drink per day?
University is stressful. Between paper due dates, social activities, and coursework it is not always possible to avoid sickness. I often face one major cold/flu each semester. Today I share some of the methods I use to avoid sickness, and improve my health.
Start a routine early
Once classes begin, it’s difficult to focus on what to cook for each meal, or which exercises classes to attend. Try creating a healthy-eating regime and exercise routine early in the semester. After you engage in these activities for a few weeks, it will become a routine.
Ditch those all-nighters
I find it difficult to stay awake past my normal bedtime. I typically complete my coursework in the morning or early afternoon. A lack of sleep is not healthy for physical, mental or emotional health. Getting adequate sleep will help you function better, as opposed to staying awake all night cramming or completing work. This also applies to a night of partying.
Self care is important
Take time to do activities you enjoy. Regular breaks in between coursework is healthy for both your body and mind. Practice self-care during these breaks to relax and recuperate after long periods of studying. Your brain can become fatigued, and it’s important to listen to these signals.
If you are, or have attended, university: What pieces of advice do you rely on to stay healthy?