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2016’s New Technology You Won’t Want To Miss Out On

2016 is a new year, with new goals and passions! It’s also a new year of technology and cool gadgets to get on board with to help make our everyday lives that much easier! Below is a list of four new gadgets to come in 2016 from CES 2016, the world’s biggest electronics and technology trade show:


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The latest from the undisputed boss of wearable trackers? A fitness smartwatch. The hexagonal device’s high-resolution color screen clicks into a frame that’s attached to easily interchangeable bands (think: leather for evening, elastomer for the gym). In addition to tracking steps, sleep, and vitals, Blaze can ID your workout (so you don’t have to tell it if you’re biking or running), and comes with three on-screen workouts from personal-training app FitStar. The battery lasts an impressive five days between charges. Available in May for $200.




Chunky wrist wearables do a great job collecting data, but most look a bit garish with your LBD. The sleek, minimalist Ray puts function on equal footing with fashion. The 1.5-inch-long tubular body can be worn as a bracelet or necklace, and comes in ultra-hip rose gold and classic black. Wear it as much as you like—the battery of the $100 tracker lasts up to six months.




Sometimes you just want to go out for a run, without your smartphone—but still want to log your data. Enter UA’s Gemini 2, a souped-up version of the company’s most popular running shoe. Embedded in the soles are tiny sensors that track distance, calories, and pacing, then synch the info to UA’s Record app. And because your feet are closer to the ground than a wrist wearable, the data collected will likely be more accurate. These $150 sneaks even track wear-and-tear, letting you know when it’s time to replace them; important info for serious runners who need to replace their kicks every couple of hundred miles.


Forget invasive temperature-takers you stick in your ear, under your tongue, or…elsewhere. Tap the green rubber tip of this digital thermometer to your forehead for a mere two seconds, and 16 sensors take 4,000 measurements to see if you’re feverish. The results are displayed via a white LED display, and sent, via Bluetooth or wifi, to a free smartphone app that can keep track of multiple users. Available in March for $100.




Most fitness trackers monitor your sleep, but who wants to wear an uncomfortable wristband to bed? With Sleep Number’s $1,000 It bed, you don’t have to. The foam-based (as opposed to air) mattress has  “Sleep IQ” technology and embedded sensors in it to monitor your heartbeat, your breathing, and how much you toss and turn, then gives you scores based on your biometrics. Available online, with shipping right to your bedroom.

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4 Reason’s Your Metabolism is Slowing Down & How To Fix It

We all want to be healthier and fit and as we may think we are making the right moves to get there, we could actually be sabotaging our metabolism in the process.  This could be anything from not fueling our bodies after a strong workout or not hydrating our body throughout the day properly… Take a look at the tips below to make sure your fueling your metabolism properly to reach your fitness goals:

The Mistake—You eat breakfast…but it’s typically oatmeal or a bagel.

Why That’s a Problem —  You’re doing the right thing by eating in the morning, as regularly scheduled meals keep your metabolism humming along, but a little protein would go a long way toward helping the cause. It takes more energy to digest than carbohydrates, and it promotes muscle mass.

The Fix— Add 20 grams of protein at breakfast, recommends Jessica Crandall, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, roughly the amount in one container of plain low-fat Greek yogurt.


The Mistake — You rely on your trusty fitness tracker to keep tabs on your strength training.

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Why That’s a Problem — You know the more lean muscle you have, the more energy your body uses at rest, and that using weights is an efficient way to build that muscle. Recent research from Iowa State University reports that fitness trackers aren’t so great at measuring strength training, though—the four popular models tested were all off on their energy expenditure estimates by at least 25 percent when it came to resistance work. That means you may end up with an inflated sense of how hard you’re pushing yourself in the weight room.

The Fix—Listen to your body instead. A good guideline: For any given set of any given exercise, you should feel like you could do 2 more reps when you stop. So if you’re doing 12 reps of bicep curls, you’ll know you’re using the correct weight if you feel like you could make it to 14 reps but not more than that.


The Mistake — You don’t feel hungry after you exercise, so you don’t eat.

Why That’s a Problem —  Workouts deplete muscle stores, and eating the right mix of nutrients within an hour after you finish helps them recover, which is essential for increasing lean muscle mass.

The Fix— Crandall recommends refueling with a snack made up of 10 to 15 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbs.


The Mistake — You get up at the same time every day, but you throw caution to the wind during the weekend.

Why That’s a Problem — Yes, we’re talking about sleep hygiene, and we know you’ve heard it a million (and one) times, but there’s new reason to get on board. Just one night of sleep loss can throw off the circadian rhythms of genes that help keep your metabolism moving at a quick pace, according to a recent small study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The Fix—Make bedtime the same across the board, or at least try to get close to that goal.


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4 Ways To Commit To Your Resolution To Get Fit

It is so easy to jot down resolutions with full intention to conquer each one… but as we know it, life gets in the way of our perfect world and jobs, family, and chores all interrupt our perfect intention, making our resolution to get lean and fit seem unreachable… but have no fear! These 4 tips to help you commit to your abs of steel will make the journey easier:

1. Have a strong ‘why.’

Plain and simple- what is your reason for working out? What results do you envision? Do you want to improve your appearance, feel healthier, be better at a sport, or another reason? On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the strongest), how badly do you want it? If you’re not at a solid ’10’, dig deeper and get to the root of why you want be healthier, fitter, look better and be better. This will be the foundation as you push yourself on your lowest days.

2. The answer is ‘Yes.’



I’ll make this easy for you, when questioning whether you should hit the gym or not, the answer is ‘yes’. Working out eases most uncomfortable ailments. Tired? Exercise gives you a boost of energy. Hungover? Sweat it out. No time? 10-minute workouts are effective. Bad mood? Exercise releases endorphins. As a general rule, working out should make you feel better, not worse. Therefore, the answer is ‘no’ when you’re dealing with illness, pain, medical restrictions, doctors orders, or anything that will get worse with exercise.

3. Partner up or join a group.

There are many benefits to working out with friends or groups. A driven workout buddy provides built-in accountability, friendly competition to keep you on your toes, and some social stimulation to make time fly by. Joining an exercise group has the same benefits on a larger scale plus the group camaraderie and vibe. Some examples of group workouts that tend to offer a sense of togetherness are boot camps, spin classes, CrossFit, Roadrunners, Meetups, and most scheduled group classes that you can attend regularly.

4. Reward milestones and success.

Hard work always deserves reward. Create an awesome reward for when you hit your goal, and smaller rewards for milestones and PRs along the way. Some non-food reward recommendations include spa treatments, enjoying a night out or day off, buying something for yourself and more.


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