8 Fit Tips for Travelers

Along with dusting off the cobwebs on your favorite pair of shorts, Memorial Day weekend acts as the official harbinger of summer. Now that the weather has turned the corner, it is time to pack the bags and go for a vacation, because you deserve it!

However, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of swimsuit season, so how do you keep the tummy tight during vacation nights? With that in mind, here are 8 Fit Tips for Travelers.

  1. Workout at the Airport
    More and more airports around the world now have gyms for travelers. Before you travel, see if the airport you have a layover at has an accessible gym. Instead of hitting the bar for a cocktail, hit the treadmill to burn some calories. If your airport does not have a gym, use the airport as your own personal track and walk laps around the terminal.
  2. Pack an Easy To Travel With Workout Kit
    Find some space in your luggage for some exercise tools to allow you to workout under any condition. An example of some items are bands that you can use for strength moves, DVD for that motivational boost, the Fitdigits Saddle iPhone mount and a jump rope so you can do cardio right in your hotel room. Of course, don’t forget your sneakers!
  3. Book a Hotel That Offers a Way to Workout
    Book a hotel that offers a fitness center or a free pass to a local gym. Many hotels these days offer fitness gear to use in your hotel room as well, so check the website or call the front desk to inquire. You can also stream free workout videos using apps such as DailyBurn or on YouTube so you can workout right in your room.
  4. Get Your Workout Out of the Way
    Set your alarm clock for an hour earlier than you planned to wake up and get the workout in before the day gets going. Otherwise, you will run out of time and energy, while finding plenty of excuses to ditch the workout all together.
  5. Consider the 10/10/10 Workout.
    Whether you exercise for a full 30 minutes or split it up into three separate 10-minute bursts, you reap the same benefits, if not more, according to this article in the New York Times. So if you don’t have a full 30 minutes to an hour to workout, remember something is always better than nothing. Aim to squeeze in 3 ten-minute intervals of activities. Some examples are speed walking to pick up breakfast for the family, lunges and pushups before taking a shower, or jumping jacks or mountain climber intervals when you return from the day’s adventures.
  6. Plan an Active Activity
    Being a tourist can give you a workout as long as you plan it right. Choose activities that get you moving like a hike, bike ride and swim or just explore the city by foot. You never truly know a place until you get lost there, so go out for an aimless walk and enjoy the new scenery. Make sure to check with the front desk first about safe streets and areas to explore. Otherwise, opt to walk to destinations over driving or taking a taxi to fit in a workout when time is limited.
  7. Track Your Calories
    Fitdigits’s iCardio app will help you track calories burned during each activity like window shopping or a trail hike, this way you can plan your meals accordingly and not overindulge if you happened to be sedentary one day. Fitdigits syncs with the app MyFitnessPal, which allow you to track your caloric intake accurately.
  8. Scope Out a Fun Fitness Class at Your Destination
    For those who enjoy yoga, you may find a fun new twist on the class structure depending on your destination. Heading to the mountains means you may enjoy a mountainside morning flow class, while those headed to a lake cabin may get a chance to try yoga on a stand up paddleboard. Trying out these new types of workout classes gives you that sense of adventure you seek during your travels while still getting in a good sweat session. Groupon and LivingSocial are great sites to check for discounts on such classes.

7 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Your mom watched you grow from a bald headed baby to the mature adult you are today, so the least you can do is give her a magically magnificent Mother’s Day. However health is the most important gift to deliver, allowing you to spend future holidays together.

On May 11 stay away from a blubbery brunch. Instead punch up your yearly ovation to Mother with a healthy celebration like no other! Here are 7 fit ways to celebrate Mother’s Day.

  1. Take a Spa Day
    Stress is the hidden monster in all of us, wrecking havoc on our body and mind. In fact, studies have linked stress to obesity, headaches, heart disease and several other health maladies, not to mention skin issues! Share a day with your ma at the spa and look in awe that if you take the time to relax your mind and you may find that health problems decline.
  2. Go for a Healthy Hike or Wonderful Walk
    Get some quality time to catch up and chat with mom, all the while throwing a pack of matches on a cluster of calories and watching them burn! Track your walk with a fitness app such as Fitdigits’s iCardio app, mounting your iPhone with The Saddle, a comfortable and convenient way to bring your iPhone with you on every walk, jog, run or hike. The Saddle is available for $29.99 from Fitdigits.com.
  3. Picnic at the Park
    One of the best parts about Mother’s Day being in May is the sun should be shining and you can go out and play. Ditch the traditional Mother’s Day brunch, and instead head to a local park and pack a healthy picnic. Bring a Frisbee, soak up some sun, and enjoy what should be a beautiful day.
  4. Replicate an Amazing Race
    Set up a scavenger hunt around town and challenge family teams to complete the search, including fun clues and inside jokes. This guarentess a Mother’s Day you will never forget! Read here for tips on How to Plan a Family Scavenger Hunt.
  5. Play Ball
    Recruit a couple of families from your neighborhood together for a mini softball tournament. Don’t forget to get the t-ball out for the little ones and pack light and healthy snacks to munch on throughout the game. If softball isn’t your thing, consider flag football, backyard volleyball or soccer. Even badminton would be a fun game that will get the family active while having fun!
  6. Focus on Family, Not Food
    Often people make Mother’s Day plans around eating, be it going out to brunch, eating cake or making a big meal. Instead, emphasize activities that take advantage of the time you get to spend with the people you love. Try out some fun games such as Loaded Questions or Apples to Apples, or stretch out the vocal cords with some Karaoke!
  7. Go Window Shopping
    Mother’s day is all about mom and you should consider asking your favorite woman what she prefers to do most. If she isn’t an outdoor enthusiast, she may enjoy walking around downtown and browsing shop sales or find a local flea market where you can scope out cheap treasures.

8 Gift Ideas for Moms Who Love to Run

If your mother enjoys running, show your support for her favorite sport by giving gifts that will take her next run from so-so to WHOA this Mother’s Day.

Here’s a list of eight must-have running accessories that every mom who runs will love.

  1. RunPhones, $39.95
    There’s nothing more irritating that earbuds that pop out of place while running. That’s why mom will appreciate the new RunPhones, a sporty and snug, moisture-wicking headband that features built-in, high-performance headphones that stay in place while absorbing sweat dripping down the face. Available in blue, black, orange and green.
  2. The Saddle Forearm Mount, $29.99
    Running with a smartphone offers many benefits, from tracking routes and distance to playing music. However, the current bicep armbands do not offer a convenient placement for accessing or viewing the device while moving. That’s why the new forearm mount for the iPhone, The Saddle from Fitdigits, is the perfect accessory for mom. The Saddle contours to the user’s lower arm for the best position to view, access, and interact with apps, music, text messages and more. Available for $29.99 from Fitdigits.com.
  3. Give Mom a Fitdigits Saddle

  4. Runner’s High Cuff from LUCY, $14.00
    These stylish wrist cuffs feature a small pocket with a Velcro closure so mom can stash her cash, keys or other little essentials next time she hits the trail or streets. Save her from having to shove those items in her sports bra!
  5. Storebelight by Nathan, $10
    Busy moms may clock in a few miles before the day starts and the sun comes up in order to fit a run into their jam-packed schedules. Keep her safe with this slim and lightweight blinking light that provides hours of high-visibility illumination and securely clips to any garment.
  6. Nike Elite OTC Socks, $40
    The latest trend among runners and other athletic circles are compression garments that promise an increase in oxygen delivery, a decrease in lactic acid, cramp prevention and minimizes muscle fatigue. For women who run regularly or are training for a long distance race, compressions socks are a great gift to help boost recovery between workouts.
  7. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews, $27 (Box of 12 Packets)
    After a long day, mom may need a boost of energy to get through her next run. Offered in cherry, berry and orange, these sweet-tasting energy chews are certified organic, gluten free and fortified with 100 percent RDA Vitamin C so mom can fuel up the all-natural way.
  8. Viiiiva Heart Rate Strap, $79.99
    Forget awkward adapters! This new Viiiiva Heart-Rate Monitor turns a Bluetooth Smart enabled phone into a running monitor, sending data seamlessly and in real-time to any of the popular fitness apps. Sync with Fitdigits’s iCardio app to track and monitor heart rate, caloric burn, pace, distance, duration, map routes and more with voice and visual feedback. Now mom can evaluate progress and continue improving each run session.
  9. Engraved RUN Necklace from Etsy, $36.50
    For the mom who has the latest gadgets and gear, your mom can be an inspiration to other women with a beautiful, sterling silver pendant necklace that features the word RUN engraved on a pendant disc.

7 Foolish Fitness Follies

7 Foolish Fitness Follies

April Fool’s Day is a chance to celebrate our foolishness with silly pranks and hoaxes on family and friends. However, we often play practical jokes on ourselves that do more harm than we intend, especially when it comes to our health and fitness.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, over two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. These startling statics tell us the importance of health and fitness education and that it is not something we should fool around with. There are so many misconceptions about working out that we hear often, so we decided to roundup some of the most common.

  1. I need to get in shape to go to the gym.
  2. The gym is not a beauty pageant. It is a place to do the dirty work needed in order to live a long, happy and healthy life. Who are you trying to impress? Like anything else, working out takes practice to master and just getting there is half the battle. If you keep waiting for the right time to start working out, that time will never appear.

  3. Cardio is the best way to lose weight.
  4. While Cardio is “a” way to lose weight, it is not the only way or the best way. Try to vary your workouts, mixing in plyometrics and stretching along with Cardio. Weight lifting is a great way to target fat loss in particular, as weight lifting will keep your metabolism pumping even after you finish working out.

  5. No pain, no gain.
  6. If something hurts beyond a typical muscle burn, stop what you’re doing. If you don’t receive the proper guidance on form or how to execute a tricky workout move, it can be dangerous and lead to serious injury. Always check with your instructor or consult with a personal trainer on how to execute certain exercise movements if you haven’t been taught before. Peruse this list of common workout mistakes to make sure you are using proper form.

  7. I have to push myself to max effort to see results.
  8. It is better to workout smart then just give max effort until you self-combust. Depending on your health and fitness goals, you should plan and execute workouts that have you transitioning between multiple heart rate zones. The notion that you have to give continuous max effort to get a good workout is one of many heart rate training myths that have sprung up over the years.

  9. Weights will bulk me up
  10. This one is mostly for the ladies who fear lifting weights will lead to bulky muscles. Unless you’re eating more calories than you burn, then you won’t bulk up. Since woman lose muscle mass with age, it’s important to add weight and strength training into your fitness routine. Lifting weights also helps build bone density which is very important for females as well. Always lift a weight that’s heavy enough that you find it challenging.

  11. I worked out so hard today, so I deserve to treat myself.
  12. Don’t reward yourself with fattening food–it will just derail all the hard work you did. No matter how hard you workout, you can out eat any fitness program. Maintaining a healthy and well-balance diet is essential to supplementing your workouts.

    On a related note, just because you completed a hard workout does not permit you to be a couch potato. Daily activity is important, and you should try to reach 10,000 steps everyday. Stumped on how to reach that benchmark? Check out our 10 Tips to Walk 10,000 Steps Every Day.

  13. Cardio machines give me a very accurate read on the number of calories I burned
  14. Purchase the Saddle Today!

    These machines use a very generalized formula to compile your caloric burn. The best way to track calories is with a Heart Rate Monitor such as the Polar H7 and a heart rate tracking app such as Fitdigits. Scoffing at the notion of bringing your iPhone with you to the gym or out on a run? Try The Saddle, the new and innovative way to take your iPhone with you while you exercise. It mounts right on your wrist for easy access and viewing and features a lightweight design that makes you barely notice it is there.