Representing the West Coast + a Fitbit Charge giveaway

This post is sponsored by Shape/Men’s Fitness Fitbit Charge Challenge through a campaign with Fitfluential. As always, all opinions are my own. I also included a special giveaway at the end for ya, too!

It’s not really a secret that I love fitness trackers. Needless to say, I was really stoked when I received the new Fitbit Charge to participate in the Shape magazine and Men’s Health Fitbit Charge challenge. They divided up bloggers into two teams -east coast vs. west coast- and we’re competing for most active coast. Each week, they post a new challenge up on their site, and you can also check out the blogger scoreboard to see how we’re all doing. I was excited to be included with some of my close blogger friends and enjoy a little friendly competition.

This is the first week, and our first challenge was to reach out 10k daily step goal by taking our workout outside. Having the Charge has been a great way to maintain activity level, and this week I felt especially inspired by the gorgeous weather. While most of my workouts have been indoors through teaching classes, I’ve enjoyed extra outdoor activities, including daily playtime with Liv,

(we love chasing a soccer ball around and playing at the park)

neighborhood walks with Bella,

this past weekend’s 10k,

and enjoying some local sights.

To get in Tuesday’s daily steps, I spent some time walking around Balboa Park. It was my first time checking it out, and I can’t wait to go back with the fam. There are 17 different attractions, and the area is rich in history and natural beauty.

I especially loved the botanical exhibit.

The Fitbit Charge is a like an updated version of the Flex (which I reviewed here).

Some tried and true features:

-Step count

-Insightful sleep data

-Silent alarm (probably my fave feature!)

Some new features:

-Automatic sleep tracking. I don’t have to tell it that I’m going to sleep; IT KNOWS ALL.

-Distance and floors climbed.

-Digital display. It tells you your calories burned, steps, floors climbed, and distance all on the screen.

-No removable pieces. I didn’t like that aspect of the Flex -it felt like it got germy with sweating so much and sweat getting trapped in the band- and I love that this one is easier to clean.

One thing I noticed is that it’s larger, so I try to camouflage the size with extra arm candy or bangles (which probably just draws more attention to it haha).

Overall, I love that the Charge encourages me to be more active during the day. I’m more mindful of my activity levels, and I think a tracker is a great reminder that you can’t out-exercise a sedentary lifestyle. While it is helpful to get in a workout each day (for health and mental benefits!), it’s also important to add bursts of activity (through standing or walking) whenever you can. Also, I think it’s important to note that steps aren’t everything. I’ve actually found that I’ve been low in my group for steps, because many of the activities that I do don’t count for a lot, even though I am indeed moving. For example, I taught BODYPUMP and Spin on Monday (two hours of working out!) and barely made my 10k goal. The same happened last night with my BODYPUMP and Zumba double-teach. Zumba gets a lot of steps, though. 😉

The rest of this post is sponsored by Caroline, who would love to share the Fitbit Charge love with a lucky reader. Just leave a comment below with your favorite outdoor workout and I’ll pick a winner tonight at midnight! I’ll announce it in tomorrow’s Friday Faves post.

Don’t forget to keep up with us on the scoreboard here, and you can also enter to win a Charge each week through the main sites. If you’d like to follow the hashtag. check out #MotivationalMondays @fitbit. I’m excited to see next week’s challenge!

Ready, set, go!



This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men’s Fitness FitBit Charge Challenge.

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  1. Crystal Myhr on November 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I love taking the dog out for a long walk! Beaches, trails, city- love gettig out to stretch our legs and get some fresh air!

  2. Michelle on November 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love to run and go on walks with my 1 year old daughter and dog! Nothing beats getting exercise in fresh air 🙂

  3. Alex @ get big, go to work on November 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    What a cool challenge!! I love that this activity tracker gives that extra push to get up and move a bit more during the day than one might otherwise. What a good reminder. My favorite outdoor activity is a Saturday morning run. Best time to reflect and soak up “me time.”

  4. Verhanika on November 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m so excited it’s almost winter since my favorite outdoor activity is skiing! But for the other warmer months I just love a good walk. Lots of pretty sights around my house to always check out.

  5. Irina on November 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    That’s an easy one…running of course!

  6. Katie Contests on November 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I like walking around the neighborhood!

  7. Laura on November 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Nothing beats a great outdoor run!

  8. Janelle on November 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I love running outside and adding in random things like burps, makeshift box jumps, pushups, etc in nature’s natural gym!

  9. Caitriona on November 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I love kayaking during the summer on Cape Cod with my family. It doesn’t even feel like exercise because we have so much fun!!

  10. Rachel on November 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I love running with my boys through downtown and along the water with my jogging stroller.

  11. Laura W on November 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I love either running through fall leaves around the lake by my house or hiking waterfalls!

  12. Alycia on November 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    How sweet of Caroline!

    I love outdoor walks with my furry girl, son and hubby!

  13. Katie on November 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    My fav outdoor activity would have to be running with my puppy, he’s the best motivation to get faster!

  14. Tiffany on November 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Does dancing with my kids in the backyard count?

  15. Allie on November 20, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve been dreaming of a fit bit! I’m a walking tour guide and I love my job. It would be cool to know how many steps I walk for each tour!

  16. Nicole on November 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Running outside is my absolute favorite outdoor activity!

  17. Suzanne on November 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    My favorite outdoor activity is walking! I live in boston, so a very walkable city!

  18. Jenn on November 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I love running the ravines near me- but now they’re covered in snow so will have to stick with streets until spring!

  19. Hannah on November 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I love taking long walks outside!

  20. Vera on November 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    My favourite outdoor workout is going for a walk with my kids. Nothing better in the world.

  21. Esther on November 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I love going for long walks after dinner.

  22. carolyn on November 20, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Running or walking outside with my pup Rocco!

  23. Tammy on November 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I love cycling outside. I actually own 3 bikes, so I always have one available that is appropriate for any type of ride.

  24. Cindy on November 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    My favorite outdoor workout is definitely running!

  25. Kathleen on November 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Running in the morning, for sure!

  26. Anna A on November 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Running along the lake, even in the cold Seattle gloom!

  27. brenda a on November 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I love just plain jogging.

  28. Kate on November 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    When I am home, definitely hiking with my dog and friends. There are so many great places in the PNW area!

  29. Angela on November 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    My fave outdoor activity is hiking with friends!

  30. Pua on November 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I love to ride my bike, especially on the path that leads to a gorgeous beach!

  31. whitney on November 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm


  32. Becky @ on November 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Running or yoga, but honestly any workout done outside in fresh air is amazing!

  33. bridget S. on November 24, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love to enjoy boot camp in the fresh air. It always seems better with a little sunshine!

  34. Taya on November 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm


  35. Ken on November 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love fit bit Charge fitness tracker it track my outdoor activity and push me to get achieve my fitness goals. Keep sharing such blogs.

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