eXerciseFriends.com – find a workout buddy or activity partner so you can keep your diet and fitness New Year’s resolution

Posted on December 29, 2008. Filed under: Health & Beauty, No Money Fun, San Francisco Bay Area, Travel & Leisure, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

It’s that time of year.  If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more,  get in shape, improve your health, lose weight, expand your social network or meet new friends and activity partners, then this free to register site may be a good resource for you.

The eXerciseFriends.com Network is designed to help people from all across the United States & Canada find other people in their local area to exercise within any healthy activity.

Why Join?

  • You need to find a friend to exercise with you in your favorite activity!
  • A friend that will keep you motivated in a fun and positive way.
  • Friends challenge and push you to succeed no matter your skill level.
  • Connecting with friends in the eXerciseFriends.com Network is FREE.

Why Do I Need Exercise Friends?
The number one reason most people don’t start (or end up stopping) their exercise fitness clubs & gyms, people usually post a 3×5 card on a cork board in their gym describing their availability, fitness level and workout preferences. Finding a friend can be cumbersome, as your best friend could be waiting for you on a cork board in another gym routine is they lose motivation. One of the primary ways the fitness and health community suggest to stay motivated is to have friends that exercise with you. They help keep you motivated when you’re not (and vise versa). The eXerciseFriends.com Network is the easiest way to find a like minded friend to exercise with!

The eXerciseFriends.com Network makes it easy to see who wants to be contacted about working out and exercising. They are the leading online service that quickly and easily matches and introduces workout friends to each other based on activity, skill level, age, and personality.

  • Friends motivate! Once you’re there it is easy to exercise.
  • Find a workout / fitness partner on the eXerciseFriends.com Network.
  • Exercise friends will help to get you off the couch.
  • The eXerciseFriends.com Network is for every shape, every activity & every age. Basically, this eXerciseFriends.com Network is for everybody.
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FitDay.com Free Online Diet & Weight Loss Journal

Posted on July 3, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Health & Beauty, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I know it’s not the only one out there, but along with 2.2 million other members, I really like FitDay. FitDay is a free online diet journal that allows you to track your foods, exercises, weight loss, and goals. FitDay also has a PC version of the fitness journal for $29.95, but the free online version suits me just fine.

You can use your free online account to enter your daily foods and exercise. FitDay analyzes all your information and shows you:

– Daily Calorie Counts
– Carbs, Fat, and Protein
– Weight Loss and Goals
– Detailed Nutrition for 1,000’s of foods
– Long Term Diet Analysis
and much more…

It takes time initially to input any and everything you have eaten in a day, but once the data is in there, FitDay stores the info in a “recently eaten” list so it can be re-used. You can also create customized foods. For example, I don’t need to look up 1 cup steel cut oatmeal with 1/2 a granny smith apple or 1/2 cup of blueberries and 1 tsp of cinnamon every time I eat that for breakfast (a few times a week). I just need to select and enter it from my recently eaten list.

The detailed info and charts on nutrition show you how close you came in a day (or a week) or what you’re missing as the day progresses in meeting the FDA daily recommended allowances for vitamins and minerals. I take a multi-vitamin every day, so maybe it’s my personality, but now that I am tracking what I eat, I want the most bang for the buck or, in this case, calorie. FitDay certainly helps me really think about what I am putting in my mouth. I now find myself making better choices to lower consumption of “empty” calories while increasing my choices of things like nutrient rich “superfoods”. Kale has suddenly become part of my culinary repertoire, a first for me.

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