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Apps to Help you Stay Active

Friday, August 28, 2015
Are you having a tough time sticking to your workout plan? It can be easy for your exercise routine to slip through the cracks, but there are numerous apps and technologies available that can make working out more fun and help keep you accountable. Here are a few of our faves:


Sworkit
“Not enough time” is often the excuse for lack of exercising, but with Sworkit users choose a workout category and set a time limit. This app requires no equipment, however you can choose from a variety of exercises, including strength, cardio, stretching, Pilates and yoga.

FitStar
This app has users choose a personal trainer to guide them through their workouts or yoga sequences. FitStar creates personalized workouts based on how users are progressing, which is determined by feedback after sessions. Users are able to integrate FitStar with other fitness apps and wearables so workouts are always top of mind!

Zombies, Run!
In this fitness game, you are one of the few survivors of the zombie epidemic en route to one of humanity’s lasts outposts. There are 200 missions throughout the story, including zombie chases, that are designed to get your heart racing. Whether you run inside or outside, Zombies, Run! will take you to a new world that makes running more fun!

MapMyRide
Users have the ability to enter their location and choose from millions of routes, or they can create their own. MapMyRide can track routes through the mobile app, via third party devices or users can enter workouts manually. Integrate your routes with your Social Media channels so your friends and workout buddies can help cheer you on!

Creating a consistent exercise plan shouldn’t just be a New Year’s resolution! Stay motivated and active year round with the help of fitness apps. Share your favorite with us in a comment!

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Money Challenges for College Students

Monday, August 24, 2015
Back to school for college students is right around the corner! Many students look forward to classes resuming again, but not all of the costs that come along with it, like books, rent and tuition. Whether you have a part time job during school or not, there are simple steps that you can take throughout the year to save money for when you need it most!


Create an Emergency Fund
An easy way to save a few bucks is to put away a little at a time. Whenever you get bonuses from work, rebates, gifts or have some extra cash on hand, set it aside in a fund for emergency use only. Whether you need additional books for school or your car needs a repair, having money set aside will come in handy!

Get a Big Change Jar
Another quick way to set some money aside is by never keeping change in your purse or wallet. How do you do this? Every time after you break a dollar, take the change and put it in a big change jar. Then once or twice per year, take your coins to the bank to exchange them for cash! Almost like having an allowance from your own money!

30 Day No-Shopping Spree
If you’re strapped for cash, challenge yourself to not go shopping for 30 days. Obviously grocery shopping is a must, but eliminating excess spending on meals out, new clothes, fancy electronics and other wants will help you save money. No-shopping sprees aren’t easy, but it’ll be worth it when you have the extra money on hand.

Sell What You Don’t Need
If you don’t live at home for college, there’s a good chance that you have clothes, books, movies and other things you don’t use often at your parents’ house. Instead of leaving these things at your parents’, go through and sell whatever you don’t need or use anymore. Check your area for local resale shops for clothes, books and other items you’re looking to sell.

Are you heading back to school soon? Share your money saving tips with us and our other college fans in a comment!

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Going on a Road Trip? Don’t Forget…

Monday, August 17, 2015
Do you have a road trip planned before the end of summer? We can’t think of a better way to end the sunny season than by going on a new adventure! Whether you’re heading north, south, east or west, packing smart is the first step in having a great trip. Make sure you don’t forget these things:


Toll Money
You might think you have enough change in your car’s cup holder to get you through your trip, but toll fees quickly add up! So do your homework ahead of time to look at the fees of tolls you’ll be pasting trough so you have enough coins and small bills on hand. An extra helpful option to compare different routes and toll costs is the Tollsmart Toll Calculator & Route Planner app.

Multi-Port Car Charger
If you’re a person that carries a lot of gadgets, you may want to upgrade from your standard car phone charger to a multi-port charger. Often these chargers will have a few USB ports and cigarette lighter plugs, but there are many different options so you can choose the one that will work with your devices.

CDs/Auxiliary Cord
Good music is a road trip essential, but when you’re driving across different states you don’t want to be constantly flipping through different radio stations. To ensure you’ll always have music playing that you like, pack your favorite CDs or an aux cord to hook up your MP3 player or phone.

Emergency Kit
If you don’t already have one in your car, be sure to pack an emergency car kit during your trip. Include things like comfortable walking shoes, water, a first aid kit, non-perishable snacks and a flashlight. You never want to think about breaking down during your road trip, but it’s good to be prepared just in case!

Directions
Whether you prefer paper or electronic, make sure you have some type of map packed for your road trip. Use whatever type of map works best for you, but just remember to pack one so you don’t spend the better part of your road trip asking for directions.

Extra Energy
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to pack some 5-hour ENERGY® shots! Long days of driving can quickly make you tired, so stay awake during those early mornings and late nights so you can safely reach your destination and enjoy your trip!

What other commonly forgotten essentials are on your must-pack list for your road trip? Share with us and don’t forget to share your travel photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram!

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