Mel Does Fitness:


I Heart The Fitbit Charge HR

I recently upgraded from the Fitbit Zip to the Fitbit Charge HR, and I’m pretty excited about it. Even though I liked the Zip (it was really simple and inexpensive), I didn’t really use it since I couldn’t find it half of the time since it was just a little device that attached to a piece of clothing, which meant that more often than not, it ended up in the laundry and then the wash with my clothes, so the Charge HR already has a step up in my book since I wear it on my wrist as a watch as well.


However, where the Charge HR really knocks the Zip out of the park is in its ability to take the place of several different devices. The Charge HR tracks your steps, overall distance traveled, heart rate, sleep patterns, and is also a watch, so now I can retire my watch, heart rate monitor and step counter, and just wear one device – so exciting!! The reason that I chose to go with another Fitbit over the other similar devices that are out there is not only due to it’s overall functionality as previously discussed, but also because it has an awesome, very user friendly website that I like a lot better than the others that I’ve used before (especially Garmin).

My baseline goal is to log a minimum of 10,000 steps daily. I usually try to make sure that I take care of this first thing in the morning after I am done training my early morning clients by taking my dogs on a log walk, and/or watching a show/listening to an audiobook while taking a stroll on the treadmill (especially if it’s cold outside, which is nine out of every twelve months in Chicago). Personally, I do not count this toward my daily total exercise since it is my belief that walking is a basic movement that should be considered a necessity rather than exercise. If you would like to read some more about the effects of walking and how it applies to weight loss, take a peak at the following two articles by Dr. Jade Teta of Metabolic Effect: and Although, please keep in mind that everyone is on their own journey and logging 10,000 steps is a great place to start for anyone that is currently primarily sedentary, and if you are trying to lose weight, at a minimum, it will at least help to maintain your current weight, and any movement is absolutely better than no movement at all.  Not to mention, walking is like a gateway drug to exercise. Once you have been doing it for a while, you start to wonder what other wonder forms of awesome activity are out there.

Having a device that tracks my steps helps hold me accountable to getting in this necessary daily movement and makes the process much more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. If you would like to follow me and encourage each other, pick up a Fitbit, head over to and add me as a friend!

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My Go To Green Smoothie

A major key to sustainable weight loss and lasting health is being prepared. In terms of nutrition, one way of being prepared is picking a few healthy meals and having the ingredients on hand and ready to go in a moments notice. For example, one of the healthy meals that I like to have ready to go for my busiest mornings are green smoothies since they are packed full of nutrition, super fast, involve minimal clean up, and I can take them to go.

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Quickie Winter Workout at Home

Is it summer yet? Unfortunately, the answer to that is a resounding no, but it’ll be here before we know it, so don’t let the brutal weather keep you from getting your workouts in. In the following is a workout that requires little to no equipment, and does not require you to go out into the Arctic Tundra.

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