My FitBit Charge HR

Recently, I had a bit of Quidco money that had accumulated and wanted to get myself an after Christmas treat.  Originally, I was going to treat myself to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, but then the Fitbit caught my eye.  I have been doing Adrienne’s Yoga Camp for January and I already used the S Health app on my Android phone to track my fitness.  I did want to track my exercise more accurately so I started researching the different Fitbits/fitness watches.

I ended up choosing the Fitbit Charge HR because of the heart rate monitor.  You can measure how many calories you burn during exercises where steps aren’t what counts (such as yoga) because it calculates it based on your heart rate through out.

I ended up getting a small Fitbit Charge HR in black and so far I am really happy that I chose this over the Ambient Lighting Palette.  It measures your steps, flights of stairs climbed (or equivalent if you’re going up hill), your sleep, heart rate of course, and calories burned.  It also automatically picks up when you are doing certain exerices (running, walking, cycling) and tracks this as well.  The Fitbit app is great and easy to use.

Pros:

-Notifies you when you  hit your goals/also sends notifications to encourage you if you haven’t met your goal towards the end of the day

-Silent vibrating alarm (you won’t wake your partner in the morning)

-Display shows the important stats, easy to use

-Stopwatch feature to track exercise that the app might not automatically pick up

-Battery lasts 4-5 days and only takes about 2 hours to charge

-Works as caller id for your phone (I don’t really use this feature as you would need to have bluetooth on your phone and it drains my battery)

-The app is great, easy to use, lots of features, you can choose which stats matter to you

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Cons:

-Sleep tracker isn’t completely accurate, it tracked one of my yoga sessions as restless sleep

-It’s a bit bulky on my wrist (but I have really scrawny wrists to be fair)

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-Water resistant, but not waterproof, ok to wear in the rain, but not in the shower

-Automatic exercise tracking not always accurate, during one of my anxious driving lessons. it thought I was cycling because of how high my heart rate was (oops!), but you can go back and delete and edit incorrect entries

Overall, I absolutely love this tracker.  I’ve done a bit of research and it seems to be the best all rounder for the average health nut in terms of fitness trackers.

I also have been using the Bounts app in conjunction with it, this app lets you earn points for steps and exercise that can be exchanged for vouchers and other prizes!  My referral link: https://www.bounts.it/registration/?getme100points=ellis747

Do you have a fibit or fitness tracker?  Which one are you using and why?

xx

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Health and Fitness: What’s Working for Me

As you may remember, one of my New Year’s Resolutions (and probably almost every other person’s) was to be healthier.  And I finally feel like I have gotten into a really good exercise and health groove.  I gave up on the 30 Day Shred, sorry Jillian.  It just wasn’t fun, I didn’t look forward to it, I didn’t enjoy doing it and I think it was also a bit too hard on my joints.  It is a really high intensity program and I don’t think it is for everyone.

So what am I doing?

Zumba Fitness-On Tuesday and Thursday, I do Zumba for 20 minutes and 45 minutes on Sunday.  I bought Zumba Fitness 2 at the beginning of the year and its so much better than the first Zumba Fitness for the Xbox Kinect.  I really look forward to doing it, there’s a much better selection of songs and different Zumba instructors and backgrounds.  It also tracks how much time you have Zumba’ed, calories burned and your accuracy.  The songs will get stuck in your head and I often find myself dancing around while making dinner breaking out the Zumba moves!

Yoga-Zumba is great for cardio, but I wanted something to help tone and strengthen.  That’s when I started 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene after reading about it through Vivianna Does Makeup.  First off, I love Adriene!  Her videos are so easy to follow and she has a very go with the flow vibe, “find what feels good” is her mantra.  I do yoga on the days when I’m not doing Zumba.  Heels almost touching the floor for downward dog now!

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Healthier Eating-I have made two main changes to how I eat in my bid to be healthy.  My husband and I eat pretty ok anyway, we both enjoy cooking so we make almost all our meals ourselves.  My problem is mostly at work.

I don’t eat breakfast during the work week, I just am not a breakfast person and usually subsist on coffee and tea until lunch, not good.  So I have started bringing smoothies to work so that I can drink my breakfast.  My go to smoothie is one banana, 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1 cup mixed frozen fruit.  I use my Blend Active to make smoothies, which you can read about here.

Also for lunches, we have started buying chicken breasts, marinating in a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and herbs to put in salads.  The key to enjoy salads I think is variety.  We also keep of plethora of salad “extras” to spice things up, beet root, picked onions, cucumber, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, avocados, cherry tomatoes, peppers, etc.  Pick from a few of those items, spinach, salad leaves, and a bit of dressing and you’re good to go, a nice healthy lunch.

So between the smoothie and my lunch, I at least know I’ve had two healthy meals for the day!

Healthy living has become a huge focus in the blogging world recently.  Have you tried anything to live a healthier lifestyle lately?

xx