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Growing up, Halloween was the best holiday ever. It arguably still is. One thing it is not is the healthiest holiday ever.

Now, you could just treat Halloween like it was any other day. If that in any way sounds like a good idea to you, I’m sorry, but you are not a fun person.

So how do you keep Halloween awesome and (kind of) healthy? Let’ s break it down.

The Candy Issue

Let's face it, Halloween is centered aound costumes and candy. Costumes are amazing and have no downside. Candy, while delicious, isn't really on the diet food list.

1. Choose healthier Halloween candy

Chances are, you’re going to have some candy. The good news is all candy is not created equal. Some of it’s not even that bad for you. Pop a Hershey’s dark chocolate bar in the name of heart-healthiness. Eat a roll of Smarties for a mere 25 calories.

Beat the Blahs

Friday, October 17, 2014
by Bonnie Fishel

 

Your Guide to Getting Better: Motivation

Ah, fall (for those of us north of the equator). The weather’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and you’re getting...less inspired, maybe? All you know is that come 5pm, your usual post-work run no longer seems like the way to go. A nap, a TV marathon, and entire pizza to yourself -- now those seem like viable options. Just today, you tell yourself.  Just this once. But today turns into tomorrow which turns into the next day; suddenly you have yourself a new routine.

Once you’ve entered the rabbit hole, it seems impossible to get out. Granted, it’s not easy. It is, however, very much doable. Here’s how to get started.

Millions of athletes using Garmin devices now have access to robust data analysis from SportTracks

DURHAM, N.C. – SportTracks, a fitness application company that helps elite athletes achieve their training goals through data analysis and metric­driven training, today announced a partnership that will allow millions of Garmin Connect users to seamlessly view their data in SportTracks applications.

Garmin Connect is a free online fitness community that allows users to analyze training progress, set and track goals, and share activities with other Garmin Connect users or on social media sites.

“We are thrilled with this partnership,” said Aaron Averill, CEO of SportTracks. “Now athletes can spend less time transferring data and more time incorporating immediate, actionable insights into their training plan. You can walk in from your run, hit the stop button on your Garmin, open SportTracks on your tablet, and have the most robust analysis available, right at your fingertips.”

Uploading workout data from your Garmin watch just got a lot easier. Today we introduce direct sync to Garmin Connect.

Once you've set up the sync connection there is nothing else you need to do. Workouts from your watch will be automatically uploaded to SportTracks.mobi without any manual steps. It's that easy.

Configuration

1. Click the My Account link in the upper right corner of the app and navigate to the Sharing page.

2. Click the Connect button.

3. Select the Garmin Connect option.

4. Click Allow on the Garmin Connect website to authorize SportTracks to access your account.

5. Almost done! To finish the connection click the Finish button on your Sharing page.

This week’s #FeatureFriday is all about the Health tab. We released three changes to the page this week and have one more on the way! Read on for details.

1. Chart Hovertips

Go to the Health tab and mouse over the Training Load chart. You can now see the individual values for Fitness and Fatigue listed with the corresponding workout date. These hovertips are visible for each of the charts on your Health tab.

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post detailing the three ways you can enter your workouts into SportTracks. Now that you’ve added a few workouts, let’s go back to the dashboard for your workout summary.

Once you log few workouts, your dashboard will be rife with stats and information. On the left you will see your most recent workouts listed individually; on the right you will find your workout overview, including total workout time and distance and also those numbers broken down by workout type. These statistics will  be shown up top by week, and below by month.

You can toggle between the time or distance numbers within each section to change out information on the bar graphs below to reflect your selection. Do this by clicking the respective time or distance buttons shown under the week or month headers.


Post author Anna Cleaver 

The kick in swimming – is it necessary for triathlon? What is its function? How much focus should we put on it in training and how can we improve it?

Many triathletes assume the kick is not an important part of their swim stroke. Common reasons given are: a wetsuit makes the kick less important, we are not sprinters, and we want to save our legs for the bike and run.

These are in part valid points, however the kick is still a crucial part to the athlete's stroke and should be incorporated into training. Below I address each of these concerns, and also elaborate on how to improve your kick for triathlon swimming.

1. Does a wetsuit make the kick unnecessary?

A wetsuit absolutely assists in body position. However, a poor kick (or no kick) will bring down the hip position and may cause the body to sway from side to side unnecessarily. A smooth continuous kick will actually assist in elevating the body in the water, wetsuit or no wetsuit. To highlight an extreme example, strapping your feet together would cause your legs to sink, making the swim stroke that much harder.

For today’s post, we’re going back to basics and addressing one of the key components of using SportTracks: adding a workout. This post will hopefully lend some direction to those of you starting out with us and provide refresher to our longtime users. Read on and get tracking.

First Up: Bulk Device Import

Completing a bulk device import will be quicker and easier than adding workouts one by one. Note that this only works with a Garmin watch. For other devices you will need to use the File Import option described further down.

  1. Log in to your SportTracks.mobi account.
     
  2.  Connect your device. 
     
  3. Mouse over the Add workout tab in the top right corner and click the second option, Device import. 

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