Your wearable tech is only as good as how you use it… or so the saying goes. With so many different FitBit models (Alta, Flex, Charge, Blaze, Surge, Zip and One) and options for activity trackers, it can be difficult to know if you’re getting the most out of the electronic gadget around your wrist. The best part? There is so much more to your wearable tech than keeping track of 10,000 steps (although it’s a great goal to start with).
At London Drugs, we are here to help you maximize the benefits with a few tips to get you off and running (or stepping) into a healthy 2017.
It’s a proven fact that fitness is more fun, and effective, when you have a workout buddy. One of the best things about wearable tech is the ability to compare your stats and activity with other users. Start a challenge with friends or family by tapping the Challenges tab at the bottom of your app screen. See who can walk the most steps in a day, or who can commit to 5 days straight of getting sweaty. The loser buys the next fun workout class for you both (belly dancing, anyone?), and everyone wins at sticking to their 2017 goals. Check out Fitbit’s user-friendly guide here on how to share your exercises.
Know Your Options
While the Fitbit app has a plethora of useful features like tracking your daily goals for steps, distance, calories burned and monitoring your sleep patterns to name a few – it is not your only app option. There are many other health and fitness apps to give you a more detailed look into your daily habits, and even apps to help you with the ones you’re looking to break. Their products are currently compatible with more than 30 other apps including Strava and MyFitnessPal. Read over their general setup guide on how to connect to these apps here.
You Are What You Eat
If one of your 2017 goals is to slim down, or even just to improve the quality of the food you eat, studies have shown that one of the best ways to do this is by keeping a consistent food diary. Tap on the “+” at the bottom of the screen on the Fitbit app and select the metric you want to manually log (food, exercise, weight, sleep or water). The Fitbit app takes this data and combines it with your activity to give you accurate information on how many calories you have actually burned in a day. The power of science is right at your fingertips, or rather right on your wrist.
People come in all shapes and sizes and so do their strides. When so much of the data you’re collecting is dependent on the number of steps you take, it’s important to make sure that your Fitbit has the correct lengths for walking and running. The easiest way to do this is to measure a distance and count your steps as you walk it. One “step” is each time you plant your front foot. Then divide the length walked by number of steps, and then you have your stride length. Do it again while running to see the difference. To add these to your profile, log into Fitbit’s website and scroll down to Settings > Personal Info and you will find the two lengths under Body Options.
Don’t have a FitBit yet? If these tips intrigued you, London Drugs has various models to fit your lifestyle needs. Visit us online or in-store for more information.
Our LD Experts are always informed about the latest technology and electronics that can make your life easier. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, they are — and we’ve got you covered.
On CTV Morning Live Saskatoon, LD Expert Kyle Toms talked about tax season (coming up quickly!) and all the items you’ll need to prepare your taxes this year. Doing one’s taxes may have once seemed like a low-tech task, but Kyle tells us how these tools and helpers can make the entire process more convenient.
Watch the full segment here or read the highlights below.
Whether you work in e-files, hire an accountant or do it all yourself, London Drugs has a software option for you. TurboTax is one such option, offering several editions specific to your situation: independent, small business, multiple returns, and more. There’s even an online version if you’re a Mac user.
You can always ask an LD Expert to help you choose the right version for you.
Receipts, invoices and so much paper can cause any office space to become cluttered. Organize everything with a scanner like NeatDesk or a Canon to make tax season much more bearable. After digitizing your files, keep them safe on an external hard drive like Seagate.
Remember: save your records for at least seven years!
You can find more tax gadgets to make this season a breeze in-store or online. Make sure to stop by your neighbourhood London Drugs and talk to an LD Expert for the tech advice you need.
Every spring, we strive to clean our homes, smell the blossoms, and plant a few seeds, both the literal and figurative kind. After a long cold winter, we all just want to feel renewed and reenergized, don’t we? At London Drugs, we aim to help with a selection of books filled with original perspectives and fresh starts.
So pack up your parka, swap your heavy boots for light ones (there’s still snow during a Canadian spring, after all), and check out these fresh reads for spring 2017.
The author, Peter Wohlleben, is a former German forest ranger and naturalist, and a great writer. He combines engaging storytelling with detailed research to introduce and explain an ecological world we mostly ignore – the vast and intricate community of trees. Did you know they raise, assist, and protect their young? Or that they, themselves, depend on a “wood wide web” of fungi for survival?
You’ll learn more than you imagined possible about our leafy, green friends with this book. What better time than spring to learn exactly how trees survived the winter?
Prepare to never look at trees quite the same way again.
This book unleashes the incredible talents of self-proclaimed “geek” comedian Jessi Klein on the awkwardness of finding your place and voice during your tweens, teens, and twenties. The result is raw, unflinchingly self-deprecating, and completely relatable. This book definitely contains adult content, though. So maybe save it for the high schoolers and above in your life.
You’ll follow Jessi’s sometimes difficult, but always hilarious transformation from tomboy to “tom man.” Springtime is, after all, the season of growth.
Jessi also writes on Inside Amy Schumer. Love the show? This book’s for you!
Even casual Top-40 fans probably remember hearing in March 2015 that Zayn Malik had left teen idol mega band One Direction. Fans know he speaks three languages and was raised, along with two sisters, in blue collar, rural England, the son of a Pakistani immigrant father and part-Irish mother who converted to Islam. So saying Zayn’s life wasn’t always full of the trappings of celebrity is an understatement.
Dubbed “the quiet one” for his reluctance in 1D interviews, Zayn finally opens up here and entirely in his own words. Next, he plans to pursue a degree in English Literature.
Zayn’s capacity for reinvention is truly inspirational.
Melton first became famous in 2009 with her hilarious, tell-all blog Momastery. This was followed by a best-selling book in 2013. Then, when things seemed almost too perfect, her marriage disintegrated after her husband confessed infidelity. But Love Warrior is about finding true understanding and, ultimately, getting back on your feet. In Melton’s signature style, it’s also a very enjoyable read.
Known as a Christian blogger, Melton shocked many in November by revealing she was in a relationship with US female soccer star Abby Wombach. Talk about new beginnings.
This book fearlessly probes the human psyche. Be ready to go deep.
If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks’ very romantic books, you’ll probably love this one, too. Even if you don’t, consider giving it a chance. Instead of a will-they-or-won’t-they between a man and woman, this book revolves around a father and his six-year-old daughter, London. The dad is Russ Green, a former ad executive who finds himself on a journey more challenging and rewarding than he ever predicted.
Marriage trouble, financial struggle, and the value of family ties mark fairly refreshing subject matter for Sparks, showing new flowers can bud in any field.
It may be a tough read for some, but a few tissues should help get you through.
This year is Canada’s sesquicentennial, marking 150 years since 1867. Time sure flies, eh?
To commemorate this important birthday, we’re all eligible to receive a free Parks Canada Discovery Pass for 2017. They provide free access to all national parks and are great for outdoorsy types and families, too.
This year’s Canada Day in July is sure to be one of our biggest celebrations ever, but many national parks are open year-round. So why not get an early start with a winter road trip? If you’re lucky, you might even get more of the park to yourself this time of year.
To help you get started, here’s some information on one great winter national park destination for each Western Canadian province.
First, some quick winter road trip tips:
Known For: Pacific Coast mountains and a marine and forest environment.
Approximate Driving Time From: Victoria (4hrs), Vancouver* (6hrs), Kamloops* (9hrs), Kelowna* (11hrs) *Depending on BC Ferries departure times.
Winter Activities: Pacific Rim National Park is split into several sections on Vancouver Island’s southwest coast. The most popular is the Long Beach area, near Tofino. Due to warm coastal winds, the daily average high in February and March is about ten degrees, meaning you can hike in the ancient cedar forest or down along the water, even during winter! Feeling adventurous? The winter months are also the best time for surfing, with the highest and most consistent waves.
Other BC National Parks:
Glacier National Park
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
Kootenay National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Yoho National Park
Known For: Rocky mountain views and being Canada’s first National Park (1885)
Approximate Driving Time From: Calgary (2hrs), Lethbridge (4hrs), Edmonton (4hrs), Vernon, BC (5hrs)
Winter Activities: Nestled within a connected network of four national parks in the Canadain Rockies, Banff during winter is amazing no matter how often you go. It has everything a Canadian could ask for, including skiing (both alpine and cross-country), snowshoeing, a hot spring, gondola rides, and more. Of course, taking in the stunning views of Lake Louise is a must. If you have time, be sure to also check out the equally stunning nearby Jasper National Park.
Known For: Being a massive protected region of northern forest and wildlife.
Approximate Driving Time From: Prince Albert (1hr), North Battleford (3hrs), Saskatoon (3hrs), Regina (5hrs)
Winter Activities: It may be cold, with daily highs around -5C in February and March, but that’s never stopped true Saskatchewanians from enjoying the great outdoors. And why should it? Not when there are so many winter activities available, including cross country skiing and even curling. Perhaps the best winter activity in Prince Albert National Park is spotting wildlife, like otters, foxes, bison, or especially birds, with dozens of species viewable during winter.
Other Saskatchewan National Parks:
Grasslands National Park
Other Manitoba National Parks: Wapusk National Park
Have you looked high and low for a heartfelt gift to give on a special day? We’ve got you covered!
It may be past Valentine’s Day, but thoughtful, personalized gifts never go out of style. Here’s a creative way to use our LD Photolab services and add a whole lot of love and your personality to a mug, coaster, t-shirt, blanket and more. Use any custom drawing, graphic or photo that captures your sentiment, and easily upload it online in minutes. Our order (for the mug and coaster shown in the video) arrived in a single day!
This LD Solutions gift from the heart will have your giftee smiling ear-to-ear, cherishing something she’ll always remember.
At London Drugs, our Win a Dream contest in December granted the experience of a lifetime to five customers who signed up for our new loyalty program, LDExtras. Each of the five was the lucky winner of a $10,000 experience.
Here is a glimpse of one of our $10,000 experience winners, Donna, and her perfect Christmas winning shopping spree:
Donna in Richmond, BC; Siham in Vancouver, BC; and Adeline in Calgary, AB each chose a $10,000 London Drugs shopping spree. Susan in North Vancouver, BC and Shauna in Red Deer, AB each chose a $10,000 photography dream travel vacation to Machu Picchu. Both Susan and Shauna are now in the midst of planning their bucket list trips to one of the seven wonders of the world, and both winners are taking their daughters with them!
Every one of our winners has an interesting story to tell, whether it’s about being a longtime loyal London Drugs customer with personal relationships with staff in our stores; embarking on a shopping spree and having the opportunity to own a first-ever computer; or being a longtime photographer who jumped at the chance to visit the picturesque Machu Picchu!
When we notified our winners, most were in disbelief. Responses ranged from, “I never win anything!” to “Is this for real?!” There was shock, thankfulness and then utter excitement. And we at London Drugs couldn’t be more thrilled, ourselves.
The Launch of LDExtras
When we officially launched our new LDExtras loyalty program in the Fall of 2016, we knew we had to communicate the fact that LDExtras is not an ordinary points type program.
Unique to London Drugs, LDExtras rewards our customers with $5 gift vouchers when they accumulate 10 Visits* and on their birthday, along with special member surprises when our customers least expect it.
LDExtras is, after all, all about giving our customers Extras. We value our customers and we want to thank each one for shopping at London Drugs!
*A LDExtras Visit is earned when you spend $10 or more (before taxes) on eligible products each day at a London Drugs store or online at LondonDrugs.com.