In February, GoalGetters is focussing on physical goals. Here’s my pick of the products to help you with your nutrition and fitness goals.
I’ve chosen nutrition and fitness for the product review, because this is a popular theme in our community. And it’s not just us at GoalGetters – according to this article by Inc.com, nutrition and fitness account for the top three most popular year’s resolutions.
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I love a good planner to help focus and track progress, and the Fitbook by Fitlosophy doesn’t disappoint. This journal has weekly goal-setting sections, daily exercise and food logs, various trackers to track your progress, and motivating quotes and tips. The 12-week timeframe is perfect to establish solid habits and see some progress.
Next up, I wanted a comprehensive reference book for healthy eating. Authoritative, but easy to read. I found Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating. Based on extensive research into nutrition, this book by Dr Walter Willett provides clear, easy to follow advice on healthy eating. Whilst the focus of the research is on the average American’s diet, there will be common themes across much of the western world.
A handy quick reference guide is the CalorieKing 2019 calorie, fat and carbohydrate counter. Small enough to pop into your handbag, this is useful to take with you if you prefer hard copy reference to digital apps.
With healthy eating, prepping ahead can be the key to success. These Freshware Meal Prep Containers provide a great way to store your prepped food. BPA free, and microwave/dishwasher/freezer safe, these containers are divided into sections to help your portion control.
If you need some help getting started with meal prep, check out Smart Meal Prep for Beginners: Recipes and Weekly Plans for Healthy, Ready-to-Go Meals. Available in paperback or kindle formats, this book provides step by step guides for meal planning for six weeks.
We all know that drinking water is important for our health, but most of us don’t drink enough. I love these bottles from Cactaki to help you stay on top of your water intake. The bottle has time markers so you can quickly see at a glance whether you have drunk enough in the timeframe. It also has a built in strainer for fruit infusion if you prefer your water flavoured.
For all goals, it is important to be able to measure progress. One of the best tools to do this for fitness goals is a fitness tracker. The Fitbit Alta HR is one of the most popular trackers. Measuring steps, distance, calories burnt, sleep and heartrate, the fitbit syncs with your devices to show you a dashboard so you can see your daily progress at a glance, or reports so that you can see progress over time.
Historically, Fitbits were for tracking steps, and Garmins were for more serious sports training. Recently Fitbit have developed new models with more features, and offering similar features to Garmin. That said, I still love my Garmin Forerunner 235. Mine is frost blue (like the one pictured), but they do come in black/grey if you’re not keen on the turquoise. It’s a bit chunky for everyday wear – I keep mine just for running.
For at-home strength training, my current pick is Kayla Itsines’s Sweat app. Find it via her website: https://www.kaylaitsines.com/. I’m also a big fan of Bodyrock TV: https://www.bodyrock.tv/. Both provide easy to follow workouts that you can do at home with minimal equipment. To upgrade your workout, Bodyrock offer various equipment, including the Full Body Bundle.
Last, but not least, don’t forget your GoalGetting workbook to walk you through the process step by step from goal-setting to success. Based on the research into what makes goals successful, each step is shown to increase your chance of success. Grab yours today for just $10 NZD (approx. $7 USD / 5 GBP) e-copy.
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