Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sears FitStudio.com through my association with Influence Central. Opinions are my own.
New Year Resolutions: Are You Staying On Task #Achieve15
Every year I make New Year’s Resolutions only to fail weeks or months later. Actually in 2010 I made a resolution that has lasted to this day – to quit smoking. That was such a huge thing for me but now I have another serious issue I need to address, my health. However, I did not make it my official 2015 resolution because two major resolutions every year are to be healthier and more active and since I generally fail at resolutions I made my goals commitments instead. I am committed to live a healthier lifestyle. I am committed to make better decisions about what goes into my mouth. I committed to get out of my office chair and do something. I am committed to move. So, I was given a fitbit from my friends over at Lumia and an opportunity from Influence Central and Sears to try FitStudio.com.
One of the reasons I seem to fail is because I literally forget to stop working and do something, but with FitStudio and the #Achieve15 Program I tend to stay on task more with daily reminders and short, doable 10 minutes worth of exercises I can fit into my busy schedule. Each morning I get an email from FitStudio like the one in the picture giving me a routine that requires a few minutes out of my day. Today, when I opened the email it said, “rest” and since I’ve only been doing this for 10 days it was a bit disappointing to get the day “off”. I love feeling like I’m doing something good for my body and keeping my commitment to be healthier.
Earn While You Burn
FitStudio is more than just exercise routines. The site features great product reviews to help you find the best fitness equipment to meet your needs. It also offers videos, great instruction on various workouts and great tracking by simply linking your device such as a fitbit. They also feature a Points for Progress to offer incentives to members to keep moving! Once you register in the newly relaunched FitStudio.com (for free) you automatically become a Shop Your Way member. Then, simply connect a fitness app or device, and track activity to earn Shop Your Way points that can be redeemed for merchandise in stores and online at Sears and Kmart.
As part of the #Achieve15 Points for Progress initiative, members can earn $5 in Shop Your Way points (5,000 points) by burning 1,500 calories or walking or running 15 miles in 2015. It’s amazing how easy it is to achieve this too. Almost all activities on FitStudio earn you points such as connecting your device and setting up your profile, being active, and sharing your fitness progress via social media! Essentially you are getting paid to be active!!!
15 Ways to Achieve 15
Try our 15 fitness tips to achieve 15 miles or burn 1,500 calories, and earn $5 in Shop Your Way(r) points (5,000 points). Cha-ching!
- Track your activity
Numbers don’t lie: Use a fitness tracker, like FitBit, to monitor your distance and active calories honestly.
- Walk on air
If you could walk on air, it’d probably feel something like riding on an elliptical machine. The angels told us so.
Break out of the steady-state rut, and change your running pace to boost your metabolism. And leave calories in the dust.
- Go plyo
A jump rope isn’t a toy. It’s a plyometric training weapon that blast calories fast. Use it liberally.
- Make pressure-free promises
The trick is to commit to an exercise that’s still doable when life doesn’t go perfectly, which happens daily.
- Follow Fartlek
A Swedish word meaning speed play, Fartlek training lets you randomly add sprints to your workout when you’re ready.
- Rock a vest
You gain some, you lose some. Wear a weighted vest to boost your calorie burn.
- Change your scenery
Do a running tour through a swanky neighborhood, or virtually hike through Hawaii with Google Maps on iFit.
- Escape your cubicle
Swap your sugar break for fresh air. Breeze past the vending machine at work, and head straight outdoors.
- Watch your heart rate
Heart rate measures intensity. Know where you stand and make adjustments to train smarter.
Back away from the cardio briefly, and build some lean muscle, why don’t you? It’ll help you burn more calories.
- Get competitive
Share workout stats with everyone you know and love. A little trash talk won’t hurt—everyone wins!
- Add incline
Sky’s the limit of your calorie burning. Up the ante of your walk or run. We’ll reward you at the top.
- Walk on water
Unless you can solicit divine intervention, we suggest you take an active seat on a rowing machine.
- Reward yourself
We shouldn’t be the only one rewarding you for staying fit. You should also treat yourself, and don’t hold back.