3 Great Health & Fitness Apps for Staying Fit

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Over the past few years, health and fitness apps have skyrocketed in popularity. According to a recent report from Flurry, health and fitness apps rose 62 percent in daily usage, compared to all apps that only grew 33 percent.  The huge growth of fitness apps can be partly attributed to the rise of wearable fitness trackers, such as Fitbit and Jawbone. Nonetheless, these apps are an easy and convenient way for people to track their workouts and meals, monitor their progress, and push themselves to accomplish their goals.

If you’re new to the fitness app craze, try out one of these leading apps:

FitClick Talk-to-Track

Count calories with ease with the Fit-Click Talk-to-Track calorie counting app. With this app, you can count calories simply by talking into your phone. It eliminates the hassle of typing in food names, searching for foods, reading through long lists of food choices and entering quantities eaten. All you have to do is push your keyboard microphone and say what you ate for each meal, and then the app will count your calories, as well as your daily intake of carbs, fat, protein and fiber. The app is free and available for Android and iOS.

Hot5 Fitness

With the Hot5 Fitness app, you can use your phone to do a quick, intense, 5-minute workout wherever you are. The app offers tons of 5-minute workout videos led by the industry’s leading trainers. Whether you want to get in a quick yoga session before work or need a short and intense core workout after a run, the app has something for everyone. It has all kinds of workout videos for every difficulty level.  The app is available for iOS and free for limited use and $2.99/month for unlimited access.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a helpful app for those who are trying to lose weight and need an extra push to meet their goals. This app tracks your fitness and nutrition intake and acts as a virtual workout buddy.  The app will remind you to run an extra 10 minutes or snack on an apple rather than a bag of chips. The app is free for iOS and Android users and can sync with other fitness apps.

To get the most out of your workouts, utilize these great apps and shop for fitness clothes online at ShoppingBlitz.com.

 

Five Common Yoga Myths Debunked

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Yoga is here to stay. The $27 billion industry is practiced by over 21 million U.S. adults, according to a survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Despite its ever growing following, several myths still hold water, even amongst devoted yogis. Let’s debunk some common myths and get you on (or back to) the mat.


1. Yoga is not a workout
When most people think of yoga they think of calming, seated poses and forget that there are many types of yoga designed to offer a full body practice. Take one power, Ashtanga or heated class and you will become a convert. These disciplines increase your heart rate while improving respiration, help balance metabolism, build full body strength and burn calories.

2. Yoga is too expensive

A lot of people get turned off from yoga because they believe the financial commitment will be more than they can handle. Many studios offer introductory packages for new students. Plus, anyone with a computer can find either free classes via YouTube or affordable online yoga services. Better yet, once a yogi develops their skills they can design a practice curated to their specific needs.

3. Yoga is too much of a time commitment

Completing a 60-90 minute class can feel like an accomplishment but for those that are short on time this is not always an option. Even a short, 20 minute yoga practice can provide results. Research shows that just 20 minutes of yoga can improve memory and brain function related to focus and new information retention.

4. Men don’t practice yoga

In ancient times yoga was only practiced by men. It is only in this country that we think of it is a female-only activity. The truth is more men are showing up in classes and realizing the benefits of increased muscle strength, improved performance in other sports and less injury.

5. Pregnant women should refrain from practicing yoga

The opposite is true, yoga during pregnancy can significantly reduce stress and contribute to a healthier pregnancy. Prenatal yoga can decrease the risk of depression, back pain and nausea. A 2012 study found that when pregnant women practiced yoga for one hour, three times a week, the risks of low birth weight babies, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure were decreased.

To get the most out of your yoga experience, shop for yoga gear online and make yoga apart of your daily routine.

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way

Summer is a hop, skip and a jump away – are you all set for the bikini season or still scrambling to beach-proof your body in less than thirty days like the rest of us? If the latter refers to you, don’t despair! We have all you need to get moving and grooving!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Check With Your MD
Well, we don’t exactly carry doctors on our website, but we highly recommend that you see one anyways – you wouldn’t believe how many people end up in emergency rooms with avoidable injuries. Get the OK from your physician and make sure there aren’t any pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or high-blood pressure, that need to be addressed before you begin any exercise program.

Get In Gear
Workout gear, that is. Brands like Under Armour – with their Signature Moisture Transport System – keeps you comfortable and dry by wicking away sweat as you perspire during workouts. Make sure to get an ample amount of  tees and shorts as well as comfortable sneakers –  you want to avoid the “I don’t have anything to wear” excuse at all costs! If you plan on exercising in the daytime, don’t forget the sunscreen and some shades to protect your eyes as well. For those working out at night, we carry reflective apparel and footwear  to keep you safe and visible after hours.

Monitor Your Heart Rate
I wasn’t too fond of doing this myself at first, but it is important. According to medical professionals, closely tracking your heart rate during exercise can help you derive more from your workouts.  You heart rate tells you how fast you should be moving, when it’s time to slow down, and how in (or out) of shape you truly are. Luckily, brands like Soleus make water resistant HRM watches that can do the leg work for you.

Get Lost
No, please come back! I mean get lost in whatever it is you are doing to fine tune your bod.  Find an exercise routine that you love (or at least don’t hate) and make it fun! Blast your favorite tunes while doing workout videos at home or load up the iPod for gym sessions. Grab a buddy if you don’t want to do it alone, or join an online support group with like-minded individuals to track your progress and get encouragement. Stay at your own pace, keep a smile on your face and make this your best summer yet!