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UP Stories: How Jenna Lost Over 100 Pounds at Age 43

“I am 43 years old, and I am living proof that it is never too late to start again and be the person you saw only in your dreams,” says Jenna Leveille, an UP wearer since August 31, 2013. 

For Jenna, her fitness journey started at her workplace. Like most people interested in losing weight, she experimented with a number of crash diets over the years, but it wasn’t until she asked her manager and friend Fred Churbuck at Livingsocial who gave her a lead on a professional trainer, Eric Bach of Bach Performance, that her journey toward long-term weight loss officially began.

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How Sustainable Is Your Corporate Wellness Program?

Ask any senior manager what are the key attributes they look for in an effective team member and the chances are reliability and consistency will be up there. But while most of us manage to be predictably excellent in the workplace, there are other parts of our lives where we are far less consistent.

Health and fitness is, of course, one of these areas. The road to fitness is littered with discarded gym memberships, deleted apps and unused trackers. The sad truth is that most companies operating in this area simply don’t care if you fall off the wagon. Why else would your gym insist on a 12­ month contract. You’ve bought their product, they’ve taken your money, and the rest is up to you. No wonder people give up.

Sadly, many existing corporate wellness programs suffer the same fate. Competitor programs tracking activity and sleep at a group level have shown high drop off rates – as much as 50% after 6 months in some cases.

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Can You Log More Than Half Your Daily Steps With A Single Workout?

Aerobics, cycling, pilates, and yoga— if it seems like there’s a workout for every letter of the alphabet, you’re probably right. The fitness world is saturated with workout regimens, each offering you the “best chance to lose weight.” Though, whether or not you lose weight using one method or another depends on a number of factors unique to you: your overall amount of daily activity, your starting BMI, your diet, your overall wellness, and, according to our own study, if you’re proactive in logging meals and workouts. (more…)

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Heart Health: What Really Makes Your Heart Healthy?

Over the course of your life, your heart has the ability to beat over 3 billion times, making it the hardest-working muscle in your body. Each one of those beats involves the coordination of a complex system of muscles, veins and arteries in charge of oxygenating your entire body.

So, how do you make sure that this important organ is healthy and happy? A simple way to gain insight into your heart health is by tracking your resting heart rate, or the rate at which your heart beats when you’re not active (like early in the morning, before you’re up and about). A lower resting heart rate usually indicates that the heart is being more efficient, requiring fewer beats per minute to pump the same amount of blood.

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Sleep Deprived? Blame Your Commute

Our work schedules and commutes shape our daily routines. Whether we drink coffee in the morning, which train we catch, our children’s school schedules, and if we choose to workout, or not, are all part of an intricate system created to help us live our lives successfully, to help us arrive to work early, and hopefully—leave on time.

At Jawbone, we are always curious about what everyday routines can tell us about our health, and what parts of our routines impede and propel progress toward our goals. As the UP® system with Smart Coach becomes more aware of these routines, it’s in a better position to help you build healthier habits that work for your situation.

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