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Time to go from Couch Potato to Hot Potato - Step 1: Get a Fitbit

14 August 2017 | MJ Mendoza

If you plan to change your lifestyle, the first thing you need to do is find the motivation, and that is where a Fitbit fitness tracker would come in handy. Getting a fitness band from Fitbit HK could do wonders, especially if you are lazy. By having it on your wrists at all times, you remind yourself to get out there and finish your daily goals. It is a great way to motivate yourself everyday to work out.

It's already August; you might think it's a little too late to fulfill this year's new year's resolution to get fit. Don't wait for 2018 to set another goal and to bail on it halfway through the year. You still have four months until December, that's plenty of time to get your stuff together and start being fit. After all, you don't need a new year's resolution to start thinking about your health and well-being.

The best thing about Fitbit is that there are tons of fitness bands to choose from depending on your needs. Below is a comprehensive guide on different Fitbit models and their features.

Fitbit Zip

Fitbit One

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Fitbit Charge

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Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Surge

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Sleep tracking

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For beginners, the features that you would need is the step counter, sleep tracking, and active minutes. However, if you want to upgrade, there will always be other options from Fitbit to choose from. Take a look at some Fitbit models below that you might like.

Step 2: Diet like you're Broke AF

The next thing that you need to set yourself straight is your diet. Without it, you wouldn't achieve your goal weight or those washboard abs that you want so much. In your diet lies most of the effort, mainly because that cheesecake or ice cream looks so delectable. No matter how much you exercise, without a proper diet, your effort will go to waste.

There are a lot of factors that should affect your diet. Food restrictions and pre-existing illness should always be considered when choosing foods you need. The exercise or sports that you are doing should also be a factor. For example, if you're a runner, you need to eat carbs, otherwise, you wouldn't have energy. If you want to be leaner, you need to avoid it as much as possible and stick to protein-rich foods. Fibers, vitamins, and minerals from fruits and vegetables should never be an exception to your diet.

In terms of portions, eating in moderation is the key - just enough to fill your tummy; never skip a meal...ever. To do this, a meal plan for the week is always recommended. Meal plans are pre-cooked food that you store in your fridge until it's ready to be reheated and eaten. You can think of it as your lunchbox for the week with meals pre-portioned according to your diet. Instead of eating out because you're lazy to cook at home, you can simply cook all of it in one day and eat it for the rest of the week. There are tons of meal plan recipes that you can look up online, plus it is also more affordable than take outs.

Step 3: Hit the Gym or Pick up a Sport

Once you're getting the hang of your diet, it's time to be active and actually do something. The best way to do it is to take up a sport whether it's something you did back during primary or high school or something new. It doesn't even have to be a sport, you can go hiking, trekking or any sort of physical activity that you have always wanted to do.

Another option is to hit the gym. If you're lucky enough to have a facility in your area, then all the more reason to use it. But if you can afford a gym membership then sign up for one, most gyms have complimentary sessions with a fitness instructor so use that to your advantage. However, if you're broke like the rest of us, there are always parks where you can run or you can even scour the internet for free Zumba or Yoga classes in your area.

Step 4: Track your Progress

Now that you have a weekly routine to cook meal plans on Sunday night, and several trips to the gym several times a week, it's time to keep track of your progress. Thanks to your Fitbit with the Fitbit app, you can record your daily progress, track your sleep, and provide input on weight.

By tracking how far you've come, you are making sure that there is progress, and if there aren't, then you would be more motivated to change that. With a Fitbit fitness band, a balanced diet, and the right exercise, your dream body will no longer be a dream, but rather, a reality.

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