Leverage Technology to #TakeTheLeap into Health and Fitness

Leverage Technology to #TakeTheLeap into Health and Fitness

life begins at the end of your comfort zone #taketheleapThe past 6 months has been a whirlwind for me and my family. After leaving my career of 18 years to pursue my passions and dreams full-time, I know firsthand what it means to #TakeTheLeap.

Throughout the process of writing a book, trimming back on our expenses, and dialing in the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto program to service an ever-growing community (our tribe) of people looking to take their own personal leaps into health, fitness and active living. We're all learning together what it means to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, forcing us to grow as people, and the process has been nothing less than epic.

What Motivates You to Get Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable?

Questions to ask yourselfCan you think back to a time when you had to just take a leap into something you weren't sure about? Something that intimidated you, but you were pulled to do it anyways? What did you do or tell yourself to step off and make it happen?

It's part of being human.

We all grow in these moments of uncertainty. Even in those temporary moments where we feel like we're taking steps backwards and not forwards, we're learning.

As a coach, mentor and trainer, I've learned through firsthand experience how challenging it can be to take that first step into a new, health focused lifestyle. I remember as a child of 14 years old, living in a state of morbid obesity, I had no clue what to do or how to do it. But I knew that if I chose to make a change, and really wanted to make it a reality, it was up to me to make it happen.

nothing is impossible, the mere word says I'm possible

Fortunately for me, I took the steps needed to learn the ‘how' and ‘what' of my lifestyle changes – I went to the library (yes, I took my leap pre-Google) and connected with people at school and the local gym to get help. They helped me better understand my food choices as well as how to move my body with purpose. There was one piece they couldn't help me with and that was my ‘WHY‘. This is something that has to come from within if we truly want to make sustainable changes in our lives. I'm not going to go into great detail in this post about the process I went through, but I do talk about this in great detail in the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.

As a coach and lifestyle mentor today, I'm excited to be able to help my clients and fellow tribe members with new and exciting tools. There's apps to help you with setting and maintaining goals, sites to connect you with like-minded people to hold you accountable, and to top it off, there's very affordable technologies that can keep you accountable to your self above all else.

There's never been a better time than today to learn how technology can help us lead happier, healthier lives.

As part of the #teamTELUS advocacy team, I've had the opportunity to trial a lot of their health and fitness programs and technologies. (But admittedly, I absolutely love their tech!)

3 Pieces of TELUS technology that can help you #TakeTheLeap into Health this year

TELUS offers some of the most sought-after fitness and health gear on the market and has an entire team dedicated to keeping a pulse on the latest and greatest wearable accessories out there. These happen to be 3 of my favorites:

The FitBit Charge HR - one of my favorite activity trackers
The FitBit Charge HR – one of my favorite activity trackers

#1. The FitBit Charge HR: accountability. We all need it from time to time. However, before we can be accountable to ourselves we have to be honest with our current habits. We can set goals all day long, but if we don't have a clear understanding of what our day-to-day habits are and how they play into our goal seeking, we're only going to get so far. The FitBit Charge HR will let you know your activity patterns, sleep quality and tendencies, as well as track and report back on the efficiency of your workouts. It's pretty much a personal trainer on your wrist. One of the best investments you can make in your health this year.

#2. Withings Aura Smart Sleep System: I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but sleep is one of the most important aspects of having a healthy, happy life, period. I've written numerous articles on the subject and highly recommend your read them. But on top of that, invest in a system to start monitoring your sleep patterns as well as aid in improving the quality of your sleep, rest and recovery.

withings aura smart sleep system

#3. Jaybird X-2 Sport Wireless BUDS:

jaybird x2 sport wireless bluetooth buds
Music goes wireless!

Music motivates us all on some level. Let's be honest there are days where motivation is in short supply. Trust me, create a playlist on your smart phone that has your favorite ‘get up and move' tunes. When you are having those down days, pop on your wireless buds, and get your groove on! Motivation has just gone wireless! BAM!

Check out the full TELUS lineup of health and fitness tech gear at www.telus.com/betteryouTELUS also recognizes that mental health is an important focus for Canadians overall health and in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Mind Your Mind, recently launched a new iOS based mental health app called thinkFull.

And in case you aren't completely convinced on the WHY behind fitness gear and wearables…

These tools have the ability to motivate people like you and me, and help us stay on track with our health goals. Here's just… 

3 Incredible Statistics about how technology helps keep us motivated

  1. The majority (57 per cent) of consumers said the ability to self-monitor was a major reason in their purchase of a fitness wearable (Nielsen)
  2. Fifty-two per cent of wearable owners primarily use their devices to stay motivated to exercise and stay healthy (MaRS)
  3. Nearly three-quarters of current exercise app users are more active than those who stopped or never used their apps (Journal of Medical Research)

So how about now, are you ready to #TakeTheLeap? Here's a little contest to get you in the mood…

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you are awesome - reallyThis post is sponsored by TELUS. The opinions are my own…

And to be absolutely clear, this is my disclaimer: “Just so you know, I have been compensated to share my ideas on this topic. Sometimes it is in the form of products, or services or even money… But here’s the thing; I won’t  share anything with you that I don’t fully support. It doesn't matter what it is, or how much they are willing to give me, if I don’t believe in it, It won’t be on my site. Seriously. You’ll just have to trust me on this.” ~ Moose

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  1. i’m taking the leap by exercising daily. i joined Dai’s WLFM exercise group.

  2. I’m taking the leap by challenging myself with new adventures in triathlon and new cycling distances!!

  3. I have already started to #takealeap as I decided to only focus on losing 1-2 lbs per week with diet and exercise – easier than focussing on taking on the whole mountain

  4. I’m taking the leap with and for my family. I want to be the best role model for my kids that I can be!

  5. I want to consciously have less screen time. I find thats way scarier than I want to admit. I hope to fill that time with a 2016 bucket list of sorts. Trying new active things. I’ve never been into sports but I want to try some new ideas like frisbee golf.

  6. I plan on #takealeap by getting back to running, and keeping active, especially including the whole family! We will try to be outside as much as we can with as many activities and sports as we can!

  7. I’m going to #TakeTheLeap and get outside moving at least 30 minutes a day, and keeping up with my WOD’s

  8. I want to #TakeTheLeap trying new things to help get back in shape , winter gets me every year , but i can’t let that stop me !

  9. My goals are to drink more water and walk more. I’d love this fitbit to show me if I’m meeting my goals. Doing both of these things will definitely help me #TakeTheLeap. Thanks for hosting.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  10. I love the withings smart sleep system, and gettting my sleep schedule back in order would be my first step, and increasing my activity and exercise. Tracker is a great way to stay on track.

  11. My goal is to run a half marathon in June 2016!

  12. I have #TakeTheLeap this year by started exercising regularly and eating healthier,I feel a lot better!!

  13. Hubby and I are both taking the leap by starting our own businesses as side jobs – mine is photography because I’ve always been interested in it and have been doing it for friends and family and acquaintances for a few years now, and his is mobile car detailing which he really enjoys!

  14. My goal is to run 10km in under 45 minutes. I can do it in 48 minutes, but with enough training, I am sure I can break 45!!!!!!! My next 10k is in May (sporting life) so I have a fair bit of time to lay down the mileage.

  15. I am taking the leap this year to run my first half marathon in October. Excited also to run two 10 km runs for amazing charities in May and June .

  16. I’m running my first 5k in April! #TakeTheLeap

  17. I would #TakeTheLeap by reaching my daily step goals and calories intake!

  18. This year I will #TakeTheLeap by training to bike ride longer and farther!

  19. This year i will #TaketheLeap by going for walks!

  20. I am trying to get away from the desk, #TakeTheLeap and get outside walking as much as possible.

  21. I will #TakeTheLeap by running more!!

  22. I am #taketheleap by choosing the physical activities over sedentary living. Walking to the nearby mall instead of driving or playing kinect instead of watching TV.

  23. After 10 yrs of not being active and looking after our kids I am ready to #TakeTheLeap and turn my life around!! Time to get active and start eating right!!

  24. I’m going to #taketheleap by doing more swimming with the kids & family walks so we’re all getting more exercise together.

  25. Joanne Donaldson Frank

    taking the leap to the gym 4-5 days a week #taketheleap

  26. I would #TakeTheLeap by doing more marathons!

  27. I am #TakeTheLeap by daily exercise and healthy eating.
    Florence C

  28. I #TakeTheLeap by walking the indoor track daily!

  29. I am #TakeTheLeap this year by walking each day.

  30. I am planning to #TakeTheLeap this year by meeting my daily walking goals, monitor progress and healthy eating.

  31. Hubby & I are #TakeTheLeap this year! Hubby just got done chemo & now we can get back into our normal life, walking as well as hiking the trails!

    • Wow. Thanks for sharing that Bailey. How’s your husband doing? I love that you are staying active together. So key for married couples. My wife and I are big proponents for couples that sweat together, stay together. 😉

  32. I’m going to sign up for a 5k- #TakeTheLeap

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