Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Top 5 Healthy Living Tools

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with Nicole and Jessica Joy for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday. 
The Fit Pepper
This week's topic is "What are your Top Healthy Living Tools?".

Here are my top 5 tools in no particular order that help me stay healthy and fit:


1. My Fitbit- I have already written a couple of times about my Fitbit here and here. It definitely helps motivate me to move and I really like seeing the numbers at the end of the day. My daily goal is 10,000 steps a day which is equivalent to about 4-5 miles. It can be a challenge when it is a day that I don't run but I've found that I don't mind parking further now, just to get those extra steps in. Or when I take the kiddos outside, I try to get them to go for a fun walk or play tag to get the steps in. I've also noticed that I miss it when I forget it. Or even worse when, my Fitbit stopped syncing and I had to wait for a new one to ship to me (thanks to Fitbit's great customer service they sent me a replacement free of charge) but I still felt like something was missing while waiting for the replacement. I am that attached to this device. :p


2. My Garmin GPS watch & Runkeeper - Running is my go to sport. I love it! I really like having my Garmin watch when I run. I like seeing my pace and knowing how far I have run. My Garmin is a lot more accurate than my Fitbit. You can call me crazy, but I also use RunKeeper at the same time when I run. I use it mainly because I like to hear the pace I am going while running and it even interrupts your music to tell you your pace and distance. It is really nice to not have to look down at your watch all the time.

3. The Seven App - I have also talked about the Seven app here. I really like this app because you can do this workout anywhere and it is only 7 minutes. The workout is a High Intensive Interval Training (HIIT) type of workout that consists of 12 exercises. It's great for days when you didn't fit a workout in. Also, I like how if you do the App consecutively as in every second month you stay in the 7 month challenge you unlock a new random workout. I have yet to do this but I think it would be great to keep at it and unlock the next workout.
4. Myfitnesspal app - This is a great app for when you want to watch what you eat. It's great for seeing all the calories you have consumed in a day. What is awesome about this App is it is real easy to track what you eat because it has the largest food database. Any food you type in, is most likely in their system. If it isn't, you can just scan the bar code of the food item and the info will pop up. It's an awesome App if you are counting calories and wanting to lose weight. I haven't been using it as much lately when training for my half marathons, but I will most likely use it once I take a little break from running in December. This is a great App for keeping you on target if you are looking to eat a certain number of calories a day.

5. Workout DVDs - I love my home workout DVDs T25 and PiYO! They are awesome workouts that you can do at the comfort of your own home. They leave me in a good sweat and are great cross training to go with running! I especially love T25 because the workouts are only 25 minutes.

Those are my top tools for healthy living. What are some of your top healthy living tools?

25 comments:

  1. My fav tools are my heart rate monitor, gymboss and sandbag! Plus my running shoes if they count :)

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  2. I love my fitbit! It has made a big difference and kept me motivated on those days when I don't feel like moving! My hubby has caught me a time or two marching and brushing my teeth at the same time to get those last 25 steps in!

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  3. I love my 7 minute workout app too - it's so perfect when you're short on time.

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  4. Great list! I still haven't tried the Seven App. Shameful, I know. And, I got my garmin 2 years ago, and will never go back. I love it, so much. It changed my running life, and now I'm using it for my son's runs. Thanks for linking up. It's great to get to know you better! @theFitSwitch

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  5. Hm... I've never heard of that app! I will have to check it out!! Thanks for sharing! I love fitness apps!

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  6. Definitely check it out! Thanks for visiting! :)

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  7. Thanks Jessica!! Thanks also for putting together the link up! I will definitely be linking up more! :)

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  8. It is awesome! Thanks for visiting! :)

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  9. Ha Ha, I know exactly what you're talking about! Hubby thinks it's funny how I march while watching tv to get those steps in, or he'll find me pacing around the house. ;)

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  10. Awesome! I haven't tried TurboFire or Insanity. Yes, I did hear about the new Shaun T coming out in December, sounds like one I'll have to try too! :)

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  11. What's sandbag? Haven't heard of it. Yes, running shoes, can't forget those (they should be on my list too)!! :)

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  12. I think the 7 App sounds pretty cool I think i will look into it!

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  13. The Ultimate Sandbag is an amazing tool and super portable. The idea is that you are forced to engage your core and work on stability while moving the shifting weight of the sand. It is AWESOME for conditioning work!

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  14. Thanks! Sounds great! I will check it out!

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  15. Great info here Sharon! I have the same exact Garmin and I love it! My daughter just bought me something similar to the Fitbit (I think) Nike Fuel Band and it is fun! It's harder to earn points than I thought so that's good...keeps me going! I've never heard of the 7 App either - thanks!!

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  16. Hadn't heard of the 7 app before. Thanks for sharing. i'm going with my running shoes and my kick boxing heavy bag.

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  17. Definitely check it out! Thanks for visiting! :)

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  18. Garmin is awesome! :) Definitely check out the App if you can, it's great especially if you couldn't fit a workout in your day.

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  19. Check it out if you can. Running shoes should be on my list too! :)

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  20. I love my Fitbit I have that exact one! Before my knee injury and my physical therapist took my activities away, I was using RunKeeper regularly to track my runs. It really is great knowing your pace of without having to look down and check every few minutes. Hey, we should be Fitbit buddies! Here's my link: https://www.fitbit.com/user/2CF2GC

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  21. Hey there! Awesome you love your Fitbit too! I just added you on Fitbit! :)

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  22. Nice post! I would say my Garmin, fitbit and running shoes are my top 3.

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  23. Nice! I use the Livestrong app as my food tracking tool.

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  24. Thanks! Yeah, I forgot to add running shoes to my list! :)

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  25. Cool, I'll have to check that out and see how that compares to MyfitnessPal.

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