Maintaining your new habits

picture1We are now 4 weeks into the New Year, how are your resolutions holding up?
Fitness and changing diets tend to be most common choice for New Year goals, and it’s easy to become discouraged or distracted, especially with the recent wet weather… but don’t despair!
If you are looking for some help to stay on track, you may find these apps helpful:

Exercise Apps:

These apps will help you track your activities. From walking, running, to wrestling, and many other workouts. You can set goals, create routines, and track your progress.

Google Fit
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Monitor your progress through the app and online, connects to MyFitnessPal, LoseIT, Runkeeper, Runatastic, MapMyRun, MapMyRide. Aggregates info from other apps to track fitness, nutrition, sleep, and weight.

Runkeeper
runkeeperandroid, iOS
Works with Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, Spotify. Tracks workouts through GPS and provides maps, pace, and previous records to motivate you to push harder!


Jefit

jefitandroid, iOS
Large exercise database, lets you create custom fitness routines, and manages stats. It does lack connection to other apps for tracking, but it comes highly recommended for weight training.


Diet Tracking Apps:

Track your calories and nutrients. These come with databases of food, food importers, and custom food entry. Import exercise data from many other apps to get a complete view of your progress. All of these apps have great base features available, without subscription.

MyFitnessPal
mfpandroid, iOS
Works with Fitbit, Runkeeper. I found their food database is the largest, and it was easy to connect to Runkeeper. You can manage your entries through their website in addition to the app.

 

MyNetDiary
mndandroid, iOS
Works with GoogleFit and Fitbit. I like the interface much better than MyFitnessPal. It is app only though and I’ll occasionally need to add new items to the database for future use.


LoseIt

loseitandroid, iOS
Works with Fitbit, Runkeeper, MapMyFitness. App is available on more phones and tablets, as well as through the website.  I haven’t personally used it, but it comes highly recommended.


And lastly, Habits!

The key to long-term success is turning your goals (whether to get into shape, lose weight, remembering to floss etc.) into small manageable tasks that you repeat until it becomes habit.
I am no good at that.
I am however, an avid collector of shiny video game rewards.

Habitica is a free habit-building app that plays like a game. It lets you break down those big goals into small tasks that you can easily track. You are rewarded for completing good habits immediately, with gold and experience points. Indulging bad habits or not completing a task yields immediate consequences by losing health points. With your earned coins you can “purchase” gear, pets, mounts and other game items.tasks-page

And best of all, if you rope your friends into the game, you can compete with them or join together to fight bosses!

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The terrifying Basi-list!

habiticaHabitica is available on android, iOS and PC. I’ve managed to floss every night for three and a half weeks now, Habitica has been far more successful than my dentist. Try it out!

 

-AB

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

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Every New Year brings about with it a time of change, growth, re-birth, and resolution. It is the time for the fresh start, making plans, setting goals, and living up to one’s full potential…all for the betterment of oneself. Acknowledgement is the first step, obtaining the means to reach said goals is the next. So, where does one start? Well, how about The Fountaindale Public Library! Come on into the Fountaindale Public Library and check out our newest Lobby Display! This month’s display is appropriately titled: “New Year, New You”, with an emphasis on health and exercise. The display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books as well.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1.  The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham
  2. Strong Women, Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
  3. Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body- and a  Better Life by Barbara Harris
  4.   Stronger, Faster: Workday Workouts that Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time by Brian Kaufman
  5. Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock by Denise Austin

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and get your New Year started off right!

– Brian

New Year, New You

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Every New Year brings about with it a time of change, growth, re-birth, and resolution. It is the time for the fresh start, making plans, setting goals, and living up to one’s full potential…all for the betterment of oneself. Acknowledgement is the first step, obtaining the means to reach said goals is the next. So, where does one start? Well, how about The Fountaindale Public Library! Come on into the Fountaindale Public Library and check out our newest Lobby Display! This month’s display is appropriately titled: “New Year, New You”, with an emphasis on health and exercise. The display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books as well.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1.  The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham
  2. Strong Women, Stay Young by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
  3. Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body- and a  Better Life by Barbara Harris
  4.   Stronger, Faster: Workday Workouts that Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time by Brian Kaufman
  5. Fit and Fabulous After 40: A 5-Part Program for Turning Back the Clock by Denise Austin

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

 

In addition our materials, we also have online capabilities as well.  One of the trendiest and most popular sites going right now is PopSugar Fitness.  PopSugar Fitness is a site dedicated to healthier living.  It contains online demonstrations of various workouts.   These include 10, 20, 30, 40-Minute Workouts as well as Full-body Workouts.

https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit

This site and many others like it can be accessed in our Computer Commons area on the 2nd Floor!

So, come on in and get your New Year started off right!

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– Brian S.

Yoga for everyone, even if you’re not a human pretzel!

Perhaps you’re completely new to yoga but have heard all about the benefits of the ancient practice (stress relief, good posture, and improvement of muscle tone to name a few), or perhaps, like me, you’ve enjoyed yoga for a while but have struggled a few times to make it a part of your daily routine. Third time’s the charm, right? Or tenth, that’s cool too. Wherever you are on the yogi spectrum, the library has a great collection of yoga DVDs to use in the comfort of your home. As with any exercise program, be sure to consult a physician before starting.
 
 
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Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies is split into two workouts: beginner and intermediate. The twelve postures, or asanas, you learn in the beginner segment of the DVD are common poses that you will see in any other yoga DVD or class. I loved that the instructor provided modifications of various poses in case you’d like to challenge yourself or if you’d like a more basic version to meet your physical capabilities. Throughout the beginner practice, you will hear some sound effects whenever a warning, tip, myth buster, jargon alert, or remember icon appears. Honestly, I found these sound effects a bit off-putting, but they do provide some really important information that you will want to know as you transition into each pose.

In the intermediate workout, you will learn a sun salutation which includes postures that use breath and movement together. This portion does not have sound effects. It moves a bit faster than the beginner workout, but after you’ve learned your basics, the sun salutation will be fairly easy to follow. All in all, this is a great introduction to yoga for those trying it for the first time.
{Place Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies on hold here}

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Rodney Yee and Mariel Hemingway lead you through four 15-minute segments in 15-Minute Results: Yoga that focus on specific areas of the body – upper body toning, lower body sculpting, abdominal strengthening, and total body conditioning. 15 minutes of yoga is perfect for those of us with busy lives so that we can hit the mat and be out the door in almost no time at all. These compact workouts are a bit more fast paced, much like the sun salutation in Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies, but are definitely not lacking in benefits you’d gain from a longer workout. As Rodney and Mariel will tell you, 15 minutes is better than none at all!

ImageAfter doing Kundalini Yoga to Detox and Destress with Maya Fiennes I felt incredibly relaxed and rejuvenated. Kundalini is different from Hatha yoga, the most common practice in the West — think downward facing dog, tree, and other postures that you’d learn in Basic Yoga Workout for Dummies or in 15-Minute Results: Yoga. With Kundalini yoga, you might not experience much in regards to toning and strengthening. Instead, expect a bit of chanting and a lot of breathing techniques accompanied by Maya’s own ethereal music. I’ll admit, there are some movements that may seem weird at first, but but the results are so worth it. Maya explains what each movement is doing to cleanse and detox your body. I loved this DVD so much that I went out and got my own copy!

 
Be sure to check out these yoga DVDs and many others at the library!
Namaste.
 
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Making Good on those Resolutions?

Now that we are into our second month of 2013, take a look at that list of resolutions you made. Are you keeping them? One resolution for many this year, including myself, is to get organized. File those papers away in their correct spots (or perhaps they need a spot made for them), clear out that jungle of a closet, and create a workspace for yourself that you can actually work in! Here are a few titles that I recommend to jump start your new, clutter-free life:

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One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good – Regina Leeds
Leeds provides a year-long schedule with cleaning and organization projects for each month. This schedule is an excellent way to work towards your goal of having a spot-free, efficient space by managing the time you set aside for each task wisely. Leeds thinks of everything, too. For example, when weeding out the clothes you no longer wear from your closet, she suggests working on one section at a time rather than taking everything out and separating them. After all, if you get interrupted, you’ll be left with clothes everywhere!

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How to Cheat at Cleaning: Time-Slashing Techniques to Cut Corners and Restore Your Sanity
– Jeff Bredenberg
I love Bredenberg’s tip for presorting junk mail. Several years ago, he had subscribed to a few different magazines, all with different bogus names. Of course, publishers sell their subscription lists to marketers who then send you a ridiculous amount of junk mail, but whenever mail arrived for “Aloysius Bredenberg”, our author immediately knew that envelope was to be sent directly to recycling. Genius! This book contains a ton of different cleaning techniques for the home and even a few tricks for getting that grease stain out of your favorite shirt!

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Clear Away the Clutter: Getting Rid of Excess Stuff that Clogs Your Life – Susan Wright
Wright gives some very helpful tips on keeping clutter out of our homes as well as offices and workspaces. For example, it is a good idea to avoid collecting small bins, racks, and trays to stash more stuff – eventually, you’ll have to find more bins for even more stuff! Also, making your office too much like home is a clutter trap of many. While it’s always nice to personalize your workspace with a photo or two of loved ones or pics from that awesome trip you had last summer, you may want to leave your collection of brightly haired troll dolls at home and reclaim some desk space.

Actually, you may want to get rid of those trolls altogether. It’s time to let go.

How do you keep — or attempt to keep — your life clutter-free? Share in the comments below!

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Pumpkin Preparedness

During this time of the year right before October I try to  start thinking about what I am going to do for the pumpkin carving season.  I’ll just highlight on a few short topics of  what it takes to be prepared.

There’s really only four basic tools you need for carving pumpkins. These include:
-Long, thin, preferably serrated knife for large cuts (drywall saw or boning knife works best)
–Small, thin, preferably serrated knife for small detailed cuts (paring knife or carving kit knife works best)
–Sharp object to transfer your pattern onto your pumpkin (tack, nail, toothpick, etc.)
–Big metal spoon to scrape out the guts of the pumpkin
–Option of using a Dremel tool for more elaborate patterns or for carving the fake pumpkins

I usually find patterns online through out the year and print them out. Some websites I use for patterns include:
http://www.zombiepumpkins.com
–Website with a vast array of pumpkin carving patterns; you do have to sign up and pay a small fee
http://www.pumpkinlady.com
–Website with a vast array of pumpkin carving patterns; you do have to sign up and pay a small fee
http://www.carvingpumpkins.com
–Website with a vast array of pumpkin carving patterns; some free selections, you do have to sign up and pay a small fee if you want more
http://www.paperpumpkins.com
–Large selection of free pumpkin patterns
-Most local stores carry pumpkin patterns around October
-The library also will have a selection of free patterns

As we get closer to October, I will post more pumpkin carving tips and tricks.

-J-

Let’s talk about Pinterest

In September, I found my way to the site and instantly loved it. A month later, as Mashable published, there was a huge spike and everyone I knew and you knew was on it. Now your favorite brands and companies, libraries, and just about everyone is pinning. Mashable even wrote this handy article about the Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest.

Aside from the obvious eye candy from travel photos to what you’d love your dream house to look like, what’s your favorite thing about the site? What I really want to know is have you made any of the recipes or done any of the crafts you’ve pinned?