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4 Tips to Get Active & Move Towards Health

Girl before her run. Tips to get active!

Tips to Get Active

I think it has been many years since I’ve made a resolution at the beginning of a new year. I think goals should be made regularly. Then when you accomplish those, keep moving forward towards maintaining them or embarking on new ones.

For those who do make yearly resolutions, it’s that time of year when we can get into ruts or the enthusiasm is starting to fade.

In fact, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 64 percent of people continue their New Year’s workouts into February.

But, this is normal!

I think I’ve failed more than I’ve succeeded and from those failures, I’ve learned something and used it to grow.

When I saw that TELUS shared the story of Ben, I was moved.

A Torontonian who worked at an agency and realized that he wasn’t as healthy as everyone else. He decided to change that. He worked towards moving more. By the time he knew it, he had walked over 5, 800 km and lost 100 pounds.

His proudest achievement?

Giving out 1, 000 sandwiches to those in need while he was out on his walks.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have put myself on the back burner for many years and have focused on everyone else being healthy. All this, without realizing that I need to take care of myself before I can efficiently take care of others.

I am changing this in 2016.

I am going to move more, get control of a healthy diet and lifestyle and ask for help when I need it.

Read on for tips to get active and moving.

4 Tips to Get Active text.

1. Get Mobile

Get some wearable tech! Why not pair it with a tool that you are using already? Your device can be connected to wearable tech and ultimately help you towards your health and fitness goals.

TELUS cares about the health of Canadians and believes in the power of tech to help them. Especially when it comes to taking the leap to become healthier and happier in their lives.

By getting fitness gear and wearables, you’ll have the ability to motivate yourself and others.

Did you know?

  • The majority (57 per cent) of consumers said the ability to self-monitor was a major factor in their purchase of a fitness wearable. (Nielsen)
  • Fifty-two per cent of wearable owners primarily use their devices to stay motivated to exercise and stay healthy. (MaRS)
  • Nearly three-quarters of current exercise app users are more active than those who stopped or never used their apps. (Journal of Medical Research)

2. Get Help

When it comes to your health, it should be your biggest investment. I am guilty of not investing in me. The first thing to do is head to your doctor’s and get a check-up.

Get the tests needed and make sure everything checks out. If not, you can make a plan to work towards it. While you are there, let your doctor know you are planning to start a new health regimen.

Need diet help?

One of the biggest tips to get active is to talk to a nutritionist. They can help you come up with a meal plan that works for you.

TELUS Learning Centre Experts are trained to set you up with the right fitness tech gear so that it’s easy to get started on your health goals for the year.

They can help set up your new device and show you how it works. Also, how to make use of the data your device collects and get the most out of your investment.

Book your session with a Learning Centre Expert, visit www.telus.com/betteryou and do it online!

3. Start to Move

No matter what your fitness level is, the goal is to move more. Start walking every day and push yourself to walk further. Dust off your runners and hit the pavement.

Whatever it may be, the goal is to get moving.

With wearable tech, there is often a community behind them. With FitBit, you can join communities or follow your friends and have healthy competitions to keep you all motivated. You are not alone!

The goal: MOVE.

4. Stay Hydrated & Get Those Zzzzz’s

Going on a diet is relative. It means different things to different people. I think if you make the best choices you can, you are on a good track.

Most importantly, getting enough water will keep your body healthy. Just like getting enough rest allows your body to recover. Both will give you more energy to get out there and rock it out!


At TELUS, they practice what they preach. They promote health from within with employee initiatives including team discounts on Fitbits and smartwatches. Fun employee fitness challenges, and online personal training, fitness and yoga classes. Cool, huh?

How Am I Working Towards my Goals?

I’ve been moving more and have taken inspiration by Ben to get out there and walk more. We’ve had a mild winter so far (knock on wood) so it has helped.

Plus, I’ve been using my FitBit and FitBit Aria Scale to monitor my progress.

Not to mention, I’ve created wicked playlists that I listen to with my wireless Beats. I’ve also motivated Darasak and the girls to get out there with me.

Though Darasak is far more dedicated, he keeps me in check.

There are lots of options out there for you when it comes to technology that helps you towards fitness. The Fitbit Charge HR monitors your steps and workouts and can be connected to various other health apps.

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You can try getting better sleep with a product like the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System. Not to mention, you can listen to music that gets you going with the Jaybird X-2 Sport Wireless BUDS.

Make sure you head over to the TELUS store to see the latest gadgets and tech they have to offer. They have a team keeping a pulse on the latest and greatest wearable accessories out there.

If you already have a piece of wearable tech or a new device, make sure you make an appointment at your leisure with TELUS Learning Centre Experts.

That way, you can make the most of your investments.

Follow #MoveToHealthy for more updates!

Do you have any tips to get active?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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  1. the fitbit charge would make me more active. I love that it is not just a pedometer but it also tracks calories burned, stairs climbed, and heart rate.

  2. I would use the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. I have high blood pressure and this would be awesome to keep track of it.

  3. I think probably the FiBit Charge HR – it looks amazing and very useful (plus – purple? Can't go wrong!)

  4. I think the Jawbone UP24 would help me most because it ties all your information together to show a really cohesive picture of how you're doing.


  5. I also like the Withings Pulse Ox Activity Tracke because it could help me be more active and improve your health

  6. I think a Withings Aura Smart Sleep System would help me get fit because I can sometimes be a restless sleeper, and end up feeling so tired.

  7. The fitbit charge small would help me get and keep active . It would be a great reminder tool to keep me motivated at beating my goals

  8. Definitely one of the FItBit Charges. I have one on my list, I need something to help get me motivate and seeing my progress might help.

  9. I would like the Fitbit scale as I currently don't have one and that would certainly help me know where I am and where I need to go.

  10. The Beats Powerbeats wireless headphone would be awesome to have as music really motivates me when I am walking.

  11. The fitbit scale would help me the most – I love seeing my progress and keeping track of when I don't do so well helps me want to get back on track!

  12. Any of the fitbits would be a huge help to get me back on track. I love the fitbit, but I lost the tracker piece 🙁

  13. I would also like the Jawbone UP24 because it helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices.

  14. Wow thank you for this awesome giveaway. I would love to have a fitbit from Telus from my husband. He really wants to take control of his health this year and increase his cardio and i think this would be the perfect accessory to help his tracking.

  15. My first choice would be anyone of the Fitbits but I also think that the Beats Powerbeats wireless headphones would help to keep me motivated

  16. The ZEPP Tennis would be an awesome, fun approach to getting fit! I think Telus has been quite innovative with this new product!

  17. Probably the FitBit Scale – I love that tracks BMI and Body fat, along with weight. Weight can really be counterproductive at so many points, that having the other more detailed information is what you need.

  18. I would also like the Fitbit Charge – SmallProgress,because you put it right on your wrist and it
    Tracks steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned and active minutes in addition to sleep.I think will all the info i could be more active

  19. Fitbit Surge Large would help me get fit by letting me know the steps, distance, calories burned and heart rate all day !

  20. The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor would make tracking of my blood pressure & heart rateI like that it has a free Health Mate app,perfect for taking to the doctor.

  21. I love that the FitBit Charge HR comes in purple- so fun! 🙂 I've been getting more into walking and trying to exercise more- I'd love to try a FitBit to monitor how I'm doing! My Husband & I were wishing we had FitBits when we spent a 14 hour day at Disney world a couple of days ago- we must've taken a LOT of steps! 😉

  22. I need the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System to get me up and moving in the morning! I am the worst for sleeping in! Because I don't work in the morning I will stay in bed forever. Even multiple, noisy alarms won't get me to move.

  23. The Fitbit Surge would be perfect to help me keep active as I’m starting to do running and cycling it would keep track of heart rate and activities. Not bulky phone to fight with when answering a call. It has everything needed.

  24. I was just reading about the ox tracker & how you can wear it with a clip instead of as a bracelet- that's a cool feature!

  25. I like the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. Each home should have one handy to monitor one's vital signs

  26. The fitness tech that would help me get more active is a Withings Aura Smart Sleep System which would hopefully keep my sleeping in a better track. More sleep = more energy!


  27. The Withings Aura Smart Sleep System looks very interesting ! I have always had problems sleeping well so this would be great to try !

  28. Fitbit Flex is another i am interested in because it could help me choose my goal – by steps, calories, or distance – and helps track my daily progress towards achieving those goals.

  29. Fitbit Surge Small would help because it would keep track steps, distance, calories burned and heart rate all day !

  30. Wireless Blood Pressure cuff, my husband uses many times a day and when he uses exercise equipment he must be monitored so this wireless set up would be perfect.

  31. The Withings Aura Smart Sleep System would help me sleep better which would give me more energy to exercise.

  32. Anyone of the fitbits would help me track and be aware of my activities and how mobile I've been so that I can make positive changes

  33. The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor would be perfect for keeping me on track and making sure my numbers were in a healthy range!

  34. The Beat Powerbeats Wireless Would be great to have, working in the yard, or going for a walk. They would keep me going.

  35. I would just love to get one of the Fitbits, I think it would be great for motivation. It has been on the want list but I haven't had the extra money to get one.

  36. The Withings Aura Smart Sleep System is really cool – I struggle with sleep and it'd be really interesting to see how I'm sleeping at night!

  37. I think the Beats Powerbeats wireless would be helpful in keeping me on track as music powers me through my work outs!

  38. Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor would help me get more active by daily tracking of your systolic, diastolic blood pressure and heart rate during activities.

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