Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year.... New You?


Happy New Year Everyone!

What are your new years resolutions this year?  Will 2013 bring big changes to your health and fitness?  Do you want to lose weight?  Eat healthier?  Get in shape?  Be more active?

Well... whatever your resolution or goal is for the new year, there are plenty of free resources out there to help you accomplish them.  Here are a few of my favorite free online resources for diet, health and fitness:

Spark.com
www.sparkpeople.com

Spark.com is a free online weight loss program and community dedicated to helping people live healthier, happier lives.  The site is complete with fitness and food trackers, articles, sections to help you eat better - recipes, diet, nutrition information, feel better - health and wellness information, and look better - fitness, beauty, and style information.  For the serious dieter, Spark.com offers personalized weight loss programs (with a calorie counter and meal-program), personalized fitness programs, mobile apps and trackers, and articles, videos, etc. to help you reach your weight-loss goal.


Hal Higdon Training Programs

This site contains free running/walking training programs and running advice from Runners World magazine writer, Hal Higdon. You can download and print free training plans for 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and marathons from beginner level to advanced level (I use these plans for my half marathon training). No matter what you are training for or what fitness level you are at, there is a plan to help you achieve your goals! The site also offers interactive apps, virtual training and online discussion forums.


Active.com

Active.com is the leading online community for people who want to discover, learn about, share, and register for activities they are passionate about. This site allows you to search and register online for races, team sports and recreational activities; interact with others who have similar interests; start online training programs; and access nutrition, fitness and training tips.
  • Search and Register for Events and Activities - Active.com hosts the world's largest directory of sports and recreational activities, facilities, venues and classes, which includes races, leagues, tournaments, camps and other recreational listings in over 80 sports and 5,000 cities! From 5K runs and marathons to cycling races, triathlons, baseball leagues, soccer camps, cheer leading clinics and more, finding activities to do is easy!  And you can register online! 
  • E-Newsletters - Active.com sends out a weekly and monthly newsletters offering local event information, featured stories, tips and drills, and gear reviews for a multitude of sports and interests.
  • Online Communities - Active.com's thriving online community features original content and lively message boards with thousands of topics of interest to active individuals. Additionally, members can create personal profiles, share videos, post comments, ratings and more.
  • Active Trainer Online Tools and Plans - To help participants prepare for their sports activities, Active.com also offers a range of online training tools and plans from fitness coaches and world renowned athletes. Participants can log and track workouts, select from plans for all athletic abilities and receive daily reminders.
  • Active Articles - Active.com also has a lifestyle section that contains a large database of articles, information, and advice on 'all things active' from the health and fitness experts.


It's great to know there is such an abundance of free diet, health, and fitness information out there... and that it's only a 'click' away.  I hope one of these online resources that are dedicated that are to making you healthier, happier, and more active can help you in achieving your health and fitness goals in the new year!



Cheers to 2013!!  Let's do this.


- Janel

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