Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

It isn’t that difficult to make a New Year’s Resolution. Just close your eyes and think about what you want to change about yourself and your habits in the coming year, and BOOM resolution made. But, as most people know all too well, setting a resolution is not the hard part.

Starting a resolution is not the hard part either. That is why come January 1st the gyms are packed to the brim with the optimistic masses, everyone eager to make this year different from the last.

The real difficulty comes with keeping a resolution throughout the entirety of the year. This kind of steadfast devotion to a resolution is basically unheard of. However, with the help of some Fitdigits features and functionality, make 2017 the year you stick to your guns and make real change. With that in mind, here are 4 Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Keep Your Resolution Realistic
    The first step to any successful resolution is to keep it realistic. If you pick a goal that you are unlikely to even come close to achieving, it will make it that much easier to quit. This is where your Fitdigits app and my.fitdigits.com come in handy. Look through your health and fitness history to see what you could feasibly accomplish in 1 year. If your previous longest run is 3 miles, taking on a marathon maybe isn’t the best choice. Better to make it a 5k. If you averaged 1 workout a week in 2016, it probably isn’t wise to plan to workout 5 times a week. It is all about baby steps to make real change!
  2. Create a Fitdigits Goal
    If you have a Fitdigits Star Membership or Pro Plus, you unlock the ability to set yearly goals in one of five categories: duration, distance, steps, caloric burn, and weight. Set yourself a goal for 2017, and Fitdigits will keep track of your progress throughout the entirety of the year. That way you can see in real time positive progress towards achieving your resolution.
  3. Get a Resolution Support System
    The human mind can always find an excuse not to do something. Is it raining outside? I’ll wait until the weather clears up. Sunny out? I don’t want to get a sunburn. Cloudy out? This feels like a movie day. Perfect out? Uhh… my workout clothes are dirty. Don’t allow this to happen by developing a resolution support system. Find a person or group of people who has a resolution that is similar to yours, and have them be your taskmaster. Check in with each other regularly, share your workouts to their Facebook page, create a Fitdigits group, and basically make sure your partner stays on top of their resolution (and vice versa).
  4. Track More Then Just Workouts
    Most Resolutions are more complex then they may appear on the surface. Whether you are trying to lose weight, increase productivity, get fit, or any other health and fitness related goal, it is important to record more than just workouts. Think of your body as an ecosystem, with each and every individual part working together in constant harmony. Tracking sleep, nutrition, blood pressure, steps and weight can offer hints into what you need to change in order to make your resolution a reality. All of these options can be found under the Health tab in the app, either as a metric you can manually enter in or under “Health Partners”.

Link Fitdigits With Your Jawbone UP Activity Trackers

You can link any of the Jawbone UP line of activity trackers with Fitdigits either on the web or within the apps. This will post your Fitdigits activities to Jawbone UP, and seamlessly integrate data from their tracker, including steps, calories and sleep, directly into your my.fitdigits dashboard. Currently the data is not held in the app itself but combined online in the cloud. See your integrated data on my.fitdigits.com.

From the Apps: 

  1. Open your Fitdigits app and go to Menu > Partners > Jawbone UP
  2. Tap “Link Account”
  3. Enter your Jawbone UP email and password

 

From the Website: 

  1. Go to My.Fitdigits and login with your Fitdigits username and password.
  2. On the top right, directly below your profile icon, you will see “Partners”. Click here to get to the Fitdigits Partners Page.
  3. Go to “UP” for the Jawbone UP and click “Link Account”.
  4. On the login page, enter in your username and password associated with your Jawbone UP account and activity monitor. (NOT your Fitdigits username).

You are linked! Now your Jawbone UP data will seamlessly integrate on My Fitdigits. To view your Jawbone UP and Fitdigits steps and calories graphed over time in the app, go to Menu > Daily Activity.

If you have more than one partner linked, you also need specify which one is your preferred Daily Activity data provider.

Compare Workouts and Activities

Workout Compare is now up and running on . See up to four workouts side by side in order to see trends or differences over time. If you did a neighborhood loop a month ago, compare your pace and route side by side so you can see how all of your workouts are paying off. Also, compare heart rate charts and more to have a complete and holistic view of your progress. To use:

  1. Upgrade to Fitdigits Star Membership.
  2. Login to my.fitdigits.com
  3. Click on “Activities”, and scroll down to “Activities List”,
  4. If you have a Star Membership, you should see checkboxes next to each workout. Select up to 4 activities you want to compare, then click “Compare Activities” in the header.

    Choose up to 4 workouts to compare

    Choose up to 4 workouts to compare

You now can view all of the activities stats side by side to compare. Click and drag any of the workouts to change the order they appear, and click the “x” to remove the activity.Compare your workouts side by side

Fitbit Sleep Data Syncs to Your Fitdigits App

One of the cool things about Fitbit Activity Trackers, is they also track lack of activity, otherwise known as sleep. If you have a Fitbit One (or other Fitbit tracker that can record sleep), it is pretty easy to track your ZZZ’s:

  1. Place the tracker into the slot on your wristband and wrap the wristband around your non-dominant wrist.
  2. Click to purchase the Fitbit One

  3. Once you are in bed and ready to fall asleep, press and hold the tracker’s button for 2+ seconds. You will see a stopwatch and the other icons blink, indicating that you are in sleep mode.
  4. When you wake up, hold the button down for 2+ seconds to stop the sleep recording. Your tracker’s icons will stop blinking to indicate you’ve exited sleep mode.
  5. Once you exit sleep mode, your Fitbit One will resume displaying your daily totals.
  6. Sleep records will show up on your Fitbit Dashboard the next time you sync your tracker. Last night’s sleep will appear on today’s page. Graphs on your Dashboard will reveal how long you slept and the number of times you woke up. Over time, you can apply what you learn to help you sleep more soundly.

For quite some time Fitdigits has synced Fitbit sleep data to My.Fitdigits, but now the sleep data will sync right into your Fitdigits app! Just link your Fitbit account with Fitdigits, and then perform a sync. Once you have done so, you will be able to view your Fitbit sleep data in the app under Health -> Sleep Tracker.

Start recording and tracking your sleep with Fitbit and Fitdigits today!

Fitdigits Personal Records, Achievement and Activity Summary Emails

With the Pro Plus membership, you get Summary and Achievement emails and notifications! What’s an accomplishment without notoriety? As if the crazy antics of Dancing Andy were not enough, now you’ll have emails to offer you the recognition you deserve or the encouragement you need to get moving!

Achievement Emails

Achievement emails are triggered with new Personal Records (PRs). You must have at least 3 workouts in any workout type to begin getting Personal Records. Your PRs can be found at my.fitdigits.com > Activities > My Best, or in the apps under Menu > Activities > My Best. Achievements will include longest duration and distance, highest calorie burn, highest cal/min burn, and more. Check out this achievement below for heart rate recovery for a Bike workout.

Celebrate your bests of all kinds!

Summary Emails

Summary emails will contain either your weekly or monthly workout stats (see below). If you are linked to Fitbit, Apple Health or other daily activity provider, your steps information will also display here.

See your activity summaries weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly

Advanced Heart Rate Analysis

Fitdigits advanced heart rate analysis is now included with the Star Membership. Heart rate analysis helps you monitor how your fitness is changing through time, making sure that your efforts over multiple workouts are balanced to your goals and helping you reach those goals. It can also help you dial in your personal heart rate zones, allowing you to see how the distribution goes at different intensities.

To access new heart rate analysis charts, log into my.fitdigits.com. Go to Activities. Click the arrows on either side of the dashboard display to switch dashboards. Remember, you can adjust your time in the top left corner to view your stats by week, month, year, or custom. By dropping down the options menu, you can also change the grouping of your activities (to select Runs only, Cycle only, etc) and adjust which activity type is displayed.

BPM (Beats per Minute) Histogram

BPM histograms show your heart rate distribution for the given time frame. Below is the heart rate distribution for all workouts in 2013. Zones can be determined by dropping the Options section and selecting the heart rate zone set of your choice. Check out how Fitdigits determines heart rate zones and how accurately determine zones with fitness assessments. If you have had a fitness assessment elsewhere and know your zones, you can also manually enter them.

Zone Histogram

Zone histograms show the time spent in each heart rate zone as well as a percent breakdown for each zone. In the image below, 12% or 7:22 hours of total workout time with heart rate was spent in zone 2. The zone histogram and pie chart will show just how your time in zones adds up.

 

New advanced graphs allow you to see your time in zones over multiple workouts. Select to view workouts by month to see how your fitness is changing through time. If you choose, you may also view these changes over all workouts or over a specific workout type.

 

This can be great when you are going through different training stages or have different goals in mind. Are you looking to build your base in the off-season? If so, maybe you want to make sure you are mostly in those lower zones for longer periods of time. Are you looking to improve your stamina at race pace? Or perhaps your power for shorter distances?

Each goal has, at its core, a mix of time in the zones; if you are always pushing too hard, it may be time to give your body a break! Can you identify where you are cutting yourself short by not pushing hard enough, or if you aren’t taking enough base building time?

Fitdigits 4 Keys to Cardio Fitness

Set and Crush Goals with Fitdigits

Set different goalsSet Goals for Fitdigits AppsFitdigits now offers the ability to create health and fitness goals over a variety of metrics.  Whether you want to lose 25 pounds in the course of a year or be able to walk 1,000 extra steps each week, Fitdigits has got you covered.

To create a goal, tap Menu > Goals from within the app, or go to my.fitdigits.com and select Goals from the main navigation.

You can set weekly, monthly or annual goals based on distance, duration, steps, calorie burn, or weight.

Distance Goal

To set a distance goal based on a workout type, select the Distance option on the set goal menu. Enter in the number of miles (or KM if you are set in Metric units) you would like to travel over the given time frame. Next, select the workout type with which you would like to track distance and the source you would like to use. Click/tap Create.

Duration Goal

To set up a Duration goal, select the Duration option on the set goal menu. Enter in the total time in minutes that you want to workout. Next, select the workout type you would like to apply for tracking duration. If you want to set a goal for all activity types, select Any Activity. Select the source you would like to use for the goal, and click/tap Create.

Set a steps goalSteps Goal

To set a Steps based goal, select Steps from the set goal menu. Enter in the number of steps you would like to complete in the given period. Next, select “measure with” options. If you are linked with Fitbit or other daily activity provider like Apple Health or Google Fit, you should be able to track this goal with that device.

Weight Goal

To set a Weight based goal, select Weight on the set goal menu. Enter in your current weight (lbs in U.S. and kg in Metric units) and the weight you would like to reach. You can then opt to lose a number of pounds in the given period based on goal time frame. For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds, you can create a monthly goal to lose 5 pounds. Your goal is set once you click/tap Create!

Calorie Goal

To set a Calorie based goal based on a workout type, select Caloric Burn on the set goal menu. Enter in the amount of calories you would like to burn in the given time period; for instance, if this is a monthly goal, enter in the amount of calories you would want to burn for the month. Next, select the workout type for which you would like to see calories apply. Click/tap Create to begin!
Steps Goal Detail

Seeing Your Progress & Results

You can see your goal progression on either the online portal or your app. You can see the current time period progress as well as a historical view showing how you did in past weeks/months/years.

Setting a Favorite Goal

To set a single selected goal as your “Favorite” goal, which will then show up on the top of the main goals listing and in banners and different display areas throughout, on the desktop web, tap into the specific goal then tap the star icon (see below).

 

 

Deleting / Removing a Goal

To delete a goal from your goals section, tap into the goal details and at the bottom tap “Remove”.

Multi-Route Mapping

We Fitdigits users are a loyal bunch. No matter where in the world we go, Fitdigits and their workouts come along with them. Now all Star members can view the different locations we’ve worked out in the world on one easy to navigate map. Login to my.fitdigits.com, click Activities > Routes.

Choose the appropriate date range in the upper right, and you will see your beautiful map below, showing all the different activities mapped out. From there you can zoom in, zoom out, check out the details. Fun stuff!

See your tracks all over the world!

See your tracks all over the world!

Zoom in to see the detail

Zoom in to see the detail

Sync Fitdigits with the Fitbit Aria Scale

You can either link with your Fitbit Aria Scale on My Fitdigits or in the iOS version of Fitdigits vwithin the app so you can see your weight entries on My Fitdigits.

My Fitdigits

1. Login to My.Fitdigits.com with your Fitdigits username and password.
2. Tap Health -> Activity -> Link Accounts.
3. Enter your Fitbit login/email and password to authorize the link.

In App

1. Tap Health -> Health Partners
2. Tap Fitbit -> Link Account
3. Enter in your email address and password, and tap allow

Enter in your Fitbit login and password, and tap Allow

Tap Link Account


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Tap Done in the upper right. Your account is now linked!

You now will see your Fitbit Aria weights on My Fitdigits!