Fitbit One: The Advanced Pedometer

Fitbit One: Syncs with IPhone

Want to know how many steps your taking without the old school beeper look?  Fitbit One is a product that tracks the amount stairs you climb, steps you take, calories burned, hours of sleep, quality of sleep and it syncs with your IPhone!  Buy yours at Brookstone, Amazon and of course Fitbit’s official website for just shy of $100.00 (Target, REI and Sears also sell it!).  One of the new features on this model is the silent alarm that vibrates to wake you up, making it easy for your loved one to stay asleep!

I will be picking up my own asap!

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8 Minutes Before Bed

8 Minute Yoga for Better Sleep
Fitness Magazine

Sleep is so important and when I came across this article, I thought I have to share this!  So many of us have a difficult time sleeping or staying asleep, and Fitness Magazine had a great article with the steps (listed below) to a better night sleep. Give it a try, it can’t hurt.

Click on the name if each for the exact description of the step from Fitness Magazine.  

Upside down relaxation (0-2 min.)

Put your butt to the wall or headboard with your legs against the wall.

Winding down twist (2-3 min.)

Sit with legs crossed twist body to right with left hand on knee, repeat on left side.

Goddess stretch (3-5 min.)

Lie flat, put soles of feet together with knees bent and flat to the ground.

Child’s pose (5-7 min.)

Traditional kneeling position, sit on feet, nose to floor and stretch arms out as far as you can.

Rock-a-by roll (7-8 min.)

Sit with legs into chest, ankles crossed, roll onto back, in hale as you roll your see up and exhale as you roll onto your back.

Yoga Flow: Poses that Burn Fat

Yoga Poses that Burn Fat
Women’s Health Magazine

I came across this article in Women’s Health Magazine that gave specific yoga poses that will sculpt your body and burn fat.  Well, I don’t know about you, but that is exactly what I want to know.  I love yoga and how it calms you and centers you, but I also don’t love aggressive workouts.  So if I can burn fat with a few yoga poses combined with fat burning foods, I’m going to try that first.  Here’s my synopsis….

In the article owner of Strala Yoga in NYC, Tara Stiles recommends:

  • Hold each for 10 breaths, one set on each side (always right side first).
  • Hold for one breath, six sets on each side.
  • Repeat step 1 for 3 sets.
  • Do four times a week.

#1 Down Dog Split:

Downward dog with one let fully extended creating a perfect line from your arms to your toe of the extended leg

#2 Half Crowlift

Looks like you are at a track meet and are ready to start, but the bent leg is raised to your chest

#3 Knee to Forehead

Same as #2 but this time the head is down toward your chest and your knee is touching your chin

#4 Warrior III

Basically a traditional flat back pose with your arms full extended out, palms facing in and one leg fully extended creating a straight line from fingers to toes of extended leg

Click here for the article.

Getting Centered and Looking Sexy

Yoga with Mandy Ingber (Jennifer Aniston’s Yogi)

I was a dancer for 15 years when I was younger and I never seemed to get into the gym mindset.  I tried the Balance Bar which was a $250 free standing collapsible ballet bar that was designed by MIT engineers.  That didn’t really work for me either.

Yogalosophy is a DVD that I absolutely LOVE!  It’s the only thing that I have enjoyed doing and that gets me centered. The results are great, I feel sexy with just enough definition.  Mandy is Yogalosophy… she has a good attitude and the setting for most of the DVD is where I would like to be (right on the ocean with blue skies).  She is Jennifer Aniston’s (among various other celebs with amazing bodies) trainer.  I picked mine DVD up at Best Buy for under $15.  It’s a great way to unwind after work and I also really enjoy starting my morning on the weekends with the 45 minute routine.  I have some back issues so the 20  minute stretch video on the DVD is really good to elongate the muscles and open up you r shoulders and get centered.

Click here to check out Mandy Ingber’s website