Sign up for daily workout motivations from your phone [Deals]

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Make a daily habit of staying healthy with an app that offers daily workouts and nutrition plans.
Make a daily habit of staying healthy with an app that offers daily workouts and nutrition plans.
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These days, gym memberships are like a synonym for wasted money. We sign up at the beginning of every year, only to let weeks go by before we’re ever motivated to go. So why not get motivation from a device you always have with you?

Aetna’s new app lets you earn an Apple Watch by being fit

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We took Apple Watch Series 4 to the running track for the ultimate test of GPS accuracy
Apple Watch is a great tool for staying in shape.
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One of the biggest health insurance providers in the U.S. is giving customers the option to earn a free Apple Watch Series 3 by engaging in healthy activities like exercise and sleeping better.

Aetna revealed today that it is collaborating with Apple for its new app called Attain. Through the app, Aetna members will get personalized goals, be able to track their activity and get recommendations on healthy action. And if you do a good job, you’ll earn some cool rewards too.

How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

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Traffic lights as metaphor for motivation streaks
Traffic lights as metaphor for motivation and movement.
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During he hangover-fogged morning of January 1st, you scrawled a hasty list of things you thought you should quit or commit to in 2018. More yoga, more walking, less driving, fewer cakes, maybe start meditating. Probably this list is similar to the one you wrote at the beginning of 2018.

How’s it going? Bad, right? You’ve probably spent the last week feeling alternatively guilty, and useless. And that’s not because you can’t pick up a habit — god knows you’ve already got enough bad habits that you’re adept at maintaining. No, you’re just approaching it wrong. And you’re probably a little bit lazy. Let’s fix that, and learn how to create winning streaks

Get fit with Apple Watch and nail your New Year’s resolution

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How to get in shape with Apple Watch in 2019
How to get in shape with Apple Watch in 2019
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If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit with Apple Watch in 2019, maybe I can help. I know from personal experience that it’s never too late to get in shape.

I’m a middle-aged guy, and up until a few years ago, I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. I never exercised, I only ate junk food, and I was seriously overweight. Today, I have a six-pack, I run seven miles a day, and I even write about fitness for Cult of Mac.

The secret to my transformation is something I call “The Ratchet.” It’s a way of running that makes it so easy to get started that pretty much anyone who can walk can do it. All you need is your Apple Watch and a pair of running shoes.

So if you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions for 2019, why not give The Ratchet a try? Here’s how.

Forget the gym, meet your 2019 fitness goals at home [Deals]

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Staying healthy can be tough, so Fitterclub makes customized nutrition plans and workout routines that are accessible anywhere you go.
Staying healthy can be tough, so Fitterclub makes customized nutrition plans and workout routines that are accessible anywhere you go.
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It’s easy to say you’re going to spend the new year getting into better shape. But once January 1st rolls around, you’ll actually have to get off the couch and step out the door. We all want to meet our resolutions, so why not skip the part about stepping out the door?

Tap into the ancient wisdom of the Apple Watch Breathe app

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Chill out with the Apple Watch Breathe app.
Chill out with the Apple Watch Breathe app.
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In today’s fast-paced, connected world, the demands on our time seem endless. We spend much of our day in a state of constant hyperactivity. Apple Watch and iPhone add to the pressure, with their endless notifications telling us what we should be doing, who we should be speaking to and where we should be going.

Fortunately, Apple also offers an oasis of calm that can help us slow down this frenetic pace. The Apple Watch Breathe app draws on the ancient wisdom of Buddhist monks and yogis who practice a technique called “resonant breathing.”

Luckily, you don’t need to be a master of meditation to use the Breathe app that comes built into your Apple Watch. With clever visuals and smart features, it will guide you through this time-honored method for relaxing your body and clearing your mind. It’s a surprisingly subtle and relaxing experience that you might really enjoy.

In this quick guide, we’ll take a look at the origins of the Breathe app, how it works, what the benefits of resonant breathing are, and how to take advantage of this calming tech. So take a deep breath and let’s get started.

Ditch the Apple Watch Sport band, get Shift instead

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Shift lets you maintain form, spend less time looking at your wrist and more on the trail and traffic.
Shift lets you maintain form and spend less time looking at your wrist.
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A pair of avid runners turned engineers have reinvented the watch band into something kind of genius, and we’ve got it in the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Your Apple Watch provides a torrent of information – so why wear it in the same spot as the watch your great-grandfather wore? Putting key stats and info in your natural line of sight is not only easier to read, it’s easier to use and it’s safer.

Gear up and upgrade your health routine [Deals]

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We've rounded up some of the best deals on gear that'll enhance your active life.
We've rounded up some of the best deals on gear that'll enhance your active life.
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The more technology enters our lives, the harder it can be to stay physically active. So, to help keep healthy, we’ve rounded up some of the best tech for staying fit. We’ve got workout-ready Bluetooth earbuds, a year of online personal training, a portable home gym, and a fitness-oriented smartwatch. Most are discounted by more than half, read on for more details:

Pocket-sized breath analyzer promises to hack your metabolism

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Lumen
Lumen is a breath analyzer that tells if you're burning fat or carbs.
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Figuring out the perfect weight-loss diet might soon become as easy as breathing into a tiny breath analyzer.

Lumen, a digital health and wellness company, revealed its debut product that connects a pocket-sized breathalyzer to your iPhone to see measure your metabolism. The app delivers personalized workouts and meal plans to help you drop pounds in a sustainable way.

Check it out in action: