Tips to Get Active!
I think it has been many years since I’ve made a resolution in the beginning of a new year. I think goals should be made regularly and when you accomplish those, keep moving forward towards maintaining them or embarking on new ones.
But, 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 per cent 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 and by the time he knew it, he had walked over 5, 800 kms 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. I have already talked to a fitness instructor at the gym who gave me a good pre workout meal plan and some exercises to start with. I’m ready!!!
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 take the leap and 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 need 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? Talk to a nutritionist that can help you come up with a meal plan that works for you.
Geared up and confused on how to use your wearable tech? TELUS has you covered. Not only does TELUS offer one of the most comprehensive selections of fitness and health-oriented gear, they also have trained experts to help you understand how to get the most out of your fitness and health trackers.
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, show you how it works, how to make use of the data they collect and how to 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. Whether you start walking everyday and each day push yourself to walk further or if you 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 and 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 and promote health from within with employee initiatives including team discounts on Fitbits and smart watches, 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 play lists that I listen to with my wireless Beats. I’ve also motivated Dara and the girls to get out there with me. Though Dara 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. You can try getting better sleep with a product like the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System or listen to music that gets you going with the Jaybird X-2 Sport Wireless BUDS, TELUS has curated the most sought-after accessories to suit your needs. Visit www.telus.com/betteryou to see them all.
Ready to WIN?
To help you on your journey, whatever it may be, TELUS and I are giving away a FitBit Charge HR! A value of $199! That way you can start tracking your fitness and moving towards healthy. This contest opens on February 3rd, 2016 and closes on February 18th, 2016. Open to Canada only!
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 to make the most of your investments!
How are you getting active this year?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.