This post is sponsored by Koss and Fitfluential. All opinions are my own.
Kicking off 2014 the top goal or resolution for the New Year is to get fit and lose weight. It’s a goal I share as well. I’ve been striving to reach better health balance for the last few years. It’s a challenge to balance busy schedules, work, and kids and still make time to eat right and exercise. I think it also has something to do with the fact that I’m no longer chasing around toddlers all day long. 😉
There have been a few things that have helped me achieve a better balance in the last few weeks, so I thought I would share a roundup of products, apps, and more that I’m using to stay on track. I find that having tech and apps to lean on and a good plan in place helps me stick to my goals. (see money, meal planning, etc.)
Whether you’re like me and pushing yourself to make new habits or you’re able to juggle it all I’d love to hear what you’re doing, and what works for you in the comments or via email.
I’ve been wanting to try some sort of tracker for awhile, and my husband got me the FitBit Flex for Christmas. I’ve been using it ever since to track my daily steps and activity level and love how simple it is to use. I find I’m more active because of it, and that’s helping me slowly lose weight and get in shape.
One aspect I don’t use is the sleep tracker. I happen to be a really light sleeper and I’m not big on wearing jewelry (the sensation bothers me) so after a few nights of waking up because of it I decided to take it off before bedtime.
I bought my husband one too and we’re using them to track each other and challenging each other to win the daily step total for favors (like sleeping in on the weekend). You can connect your FitBit to your social media accounts and find friends as well, so there are lots of ways to stay motivated.
In addition you can use the FitBit dashboard to count calories, set up a weightloss plan, and track exercise and sleep.
Where to purchase: Find the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband at Amazon or other retailers. It costs $99.95.
As part of my work with Fitfluential I was sent two pairs of Koss headphones to try out. These headphones are unique because they are designed by women, for women. Not only are the headphones affordably priced but they are designed for you to wear when you work with sweat resistant materials.
The FitBuds come with three sizes of cushions to help you get the best fit, but the overall design is 33% smaller to fit women’s ears better. When it comes to earbuds there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all rule that works. After wearing the FitBuds for the past few days I found them to be more comfortable so I was able to wear them longer than typical earbuds.
The FitClips are another great style of headphones for women from Koss. They wrap around your ear so they won’t fall out. Like the FitBuds they are sweat resistant and ear cushions are included to find the size that fits you best.
Where to purchase: You can find the FitBuds and FitClips at retailers like Walmart, Sears, Best Buy, Walgreens, and Kmart. They retail for $29.99.
My favorite workout gear are yoga pants from Gap that I bought a year or so ago, and a form-fitted and supportive top from Target’s Champion collection (that’s similar to the one I linked to). Whether I’m doing downward facing dog in the family room or out for a walk these are my go-to clothes for getting fit. I find that putting on workout clothes motivates me to actually work out, and since you can find options at all kinds of prices figure out what works for you and dedicate some clothes to working out.
Where to purchase: Big box stores, department stores, clothing stores, and outlets all carry great options at affordable prices.
Couch to 5k
Want to learn to run? This is the app to teach you how to run with a program that starts with walking and ramps up to interval running and eventually longer and longer intervals until you’re ready to run a full 30 minutes. Signing up for a 5k can be a great way to get motivated to learn to run, and this app will get you there in no time.
Where to purchase: Use the app store on your smartphone. $1.99.
Pocket Yoga and Pocket Yoga Practice Builder
While I love yoga we don’t currently have a gym membership and finding time to attend a yoga class is tough for me. I make do with these apps. The practice builder app allows me to create a yoga workout that suits my needs and time constraints.
You can also get a class experience with Pocket Yoga. With a touch of your screen you’ll enter a ‘class’ with an instructor and soothing music to guide you. If you have AirPlay or cables you can connect your iPad or iPhone to your TV for playback on a bigger screen.
Where to purchase: Use the app store on your iPhone or iPad. $2.99.
I’ve sung the praises of LoseIt before, and I’ll do so again now! It’s a great app that allows you to track your food intake and activity level as well as tracks your weight. All of this combined helps you see the bigger picture, identify problem areas for yourself (hello, chips), and keep you motivated to lose weight or maintain a healthier diet.
Where to purchase: Download the app for free from your app store (available on a variety of devices), you only pay for premium membership.
These are just a few of the tools I’m using to help me get in shape in 2014. I’d love to hear what you’re using or what you find helpful to keep you on track.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fitfluential and Koss. Some products highlighted were provided for review purposes, affiliate links have been added to some product links. All opinions are my own.