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It’s the second week of November and many of us may be feeling guilty about how much of our kids’ candy we ate over Halloween or dreading that we might gain some extra weight from the big turkey dinner coming later this month. I mean honestly, I’m guilty of already putting weight on. And to make matters worse, a research study this year shows that our cholesterol levels spike during winter months. The Health Day Reporter quoted two doctors, stating:
"It’s not just some weight that you’re gaining" when you eat more and exercise less during the winter, said lead investigator Dr. Parag Joshi, a cardiology fellow at Johns Hopkins. "There are markers in your blood that are changing, and those markers contribute to heart disease."
The results make sense given the way people tend to respond to cold weather, said Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. The snow, rain and cold of winter tend to dissuade people from getting out and exercising, he said.
Even folks with a gym membership may not feel like leaving their home to go for a workout. At the same time, people’s cravings for fatty comfort foods increase, particularly around the holidays. "People tend to not get out and exercise. They tend to eat things that are not healthy," Fletcher said. "They hibernate, so to speak."
Thankfully, there are tech-savvy solutions for fighting a season of eating more and exercising less. And I’m so glad that I have one of these devices, the UP24. I purchased one for my sisters so we can all exercise and challenge each other.
UP24 helps you understand how you sleep, eat, and move. It’s always connected wirelessly to the UP app for real-time updates of your progress to help you reach your sleep, activity, and nutrition goals. Wireless syncing for in-the-moment insights and notifications. UP Insight Engine discovers patterns in your activities. Track Sleep includes total hours, number of wake ups, and more. Track Activity includes steps, distance, calories burned, and more. Team up with friends to share, collaborate or compete.
Seeing how much activity you do (or don’t do) each day can motivate you to pay closer attention to your eating habits and fitness activities, which is a huge first step in fighting the hibernation and weight gain. For example, my UP24 has an Idle Alert that reminds me when to get up and move. You can set an Idle Alert within an UP app that works with the wristband, so the band will gently vibrate if you’ve been inactive for a period of time.
There are many fitness trackers on the market today from affordable wristbands to high-end smartwatches and they’re available at more retail locations than you might think. For example, AT&T retail stores offer activity/sleep trackers, smart watches, pulse monitors, arm bands, and much more for a healthy lifestyle. More than just phones these days, AT&T stores offer a variety of wearable technologies for consumers interested in health and fitness, such as the UP24 from Jawbone.
And, AT&T is dropped the price of the UP24 to $99 on November 7 (that’s $50 less than when I got mine in June). The UP24 is great value and way to get started with wearable fitness technology. Here’s an opportunity for you to win one for yourself!
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