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If you are one of those of us who are fed up with setting up training plans because it's a pain in the rear, well, there's only one thing I can say: "Happy Friday!"

 

We are happy to announce two new tools to conquer procrastination: repeating workouts and calendar drag-and-drop.  First, planned workouts can have a schedule, including automatic goal adjustment. Second, you can make a new planned workout by simply dragging an existing workout on the calendar.  

 

Nifty, eh?  Take a look below for demos and detailed explanation.

Energy in 3...2...1

Thursday, November 6, 2014
by Bonnie Fishel

Your Guide to Getting Better: Energy

The other week, we addressed strategies to help you get motivated. Now that your mind is in the game, let’s get your body on board.

Your limbs are aching. You're tired and don’t want to move. Seasonal sicknesses abound: coughing, headaches, runny noses. You've convinced yourself that you want to be healthy and you planned out how to do it, but sometimes it seems like our bodies can’t keep up with our good intentions.

Here’s where you have to push through the reluctance. Of course there are instances where you really do need to give yourself a rest, but more often than not all you need is a little boost to get started.


Editor's Note: This is the second entry in our Beat the Blahs: Your Guide to 
Getting 
Better series. Last time we covered motivation. Up next: Get Going.

 

Cheers To This Champ

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
by Bonnie Fishel

Chris Kimbrough: 44 year-old mother of six, beer mile record holder, Boss.

Physically-fit alcohol enthusiasts everywhere rejoiced this past weekend upon discovering their new hero: 44 year-old Chris Kimbrough who crushed the women’s beer mile world record. Kimbrough completed the track run, which involves drinking a beer before each lap, in 6:28.6.

What catapults Kimbrough to the highly sought-after “Boss Status"? Here’s a rundown:

  • Kimbrough, a mother of 6, last gave birth 17 months ago.

  • She broke the previous record, set in 1997, by 13.4 seconds.

  • Though Kimbrough is an accomplished runner, she has done relatively little track racing and did not start running competitively until her 30s. She is unsure of her non-beer mile PR, but guesses it to be around 5:00.

  • Her record-breaking run was done as a practice attempt when she found out the Beer Mile World Championships would be held next month in her hometown of Austin, Texas.

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.

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.

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