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Shed those festive pounds with tips from our O2 Guru

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If you've not seen it, we've just published a new blog from our O2 Guru, focussed on providing tips and advice on using your smartphone to help shed those festive pounds. You can check it out in full, right here.


If you’re anything like us, chances are you over indulged over the festive period. A few extra potatoes here and there, a big slice of cake and enough gravy to fill a bath likely resulted in putting on a few extra pounds. Our O2 Guru is in the same (gravy) boat and they’re sharing some top tips on sticking to that new years resolution and using your smartphone to help shed those extra pounds.

Run or cycle with your phone

If you have an iPhone or Android phone with built-in fitness or health tracking, such as Apple Health on iPhone, Samsung Healthon Samsung, or Google Fit for other Android devices, then you already have some fantastic tools available to help get fit, get in shape or lose weight.

Most of these first-party fitness tools work automatically, recording your calories burned, the activity you’re doing, flights of stairs climbed and more. They can also link up with many 3rd party apps, allowing you to pull in stats & metrics from multiple sources into one central health hub.

Check out the blog for some top running & cycling apps our O2 Guru has selected.

Get a fitness tracker or smart watch
We get it – running, cycling or swimming with your phone isn’t ideal – or even possible, depending on the circumstances. This is where fitness trackers and smart watches come into their own. Leave the phone at home, strap on the watch or tracker and away you go.

These days, many are waterproof which means even swimmers can get in on the action. Watches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear S3 can even auto-detect the type of workout you’re doing, to track stats more accurately – it’s not just for running. Some smart watches even have bluetooth built-in to allow you to leave your phone at home, pop in some bluetooth earphones and go running, cycling or any other workout while listening to your favourite music playlist. What a world we live in!

Need a fitness tracker or some smart tech? Check out our picks on the blog link.

Keep track of your calorie intake

Part of keeping fit or getting into shape means keeping an eye on what you’re eating and drinking. According to the NHS, to maintain your weight, men need 2,500 calories a day and for a woman it’s 2,000 (daily requirements vary slightly from person to person). One of the best ways to keep count is using a calorie tracker app such as MyFitnessPal (or ) – it’s so easy to use too; just use the app to scan the barcode of your food & drink and you’re done. This is without a doubt one of the best “must have” fitness/health related apps around

Think you know your coffee calories from your popcorn? Take our quiz here and find out.

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Were you a little like us over the festive period with the over-indulging? Got any other top tips or advice for folk looking to get back to their pre-Christmas mince pies self?

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