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?

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Let’s Talk Fitness

Consider me to be somewhat reluctantly hoisting myself onto the health kick band wagon that has been making the rounds in the blogosphere lately.  When it comes to health and fitness, I am a bit lazy, no, very lazy.  I actually won a free one year membership to a gym that is about a 10 minute walk from where I live.  That was back in February, I’ve been a grand total of 5 times.  Why?  I can’t be bothered to walk there and back.

Now, I’m not looking to lose weight (lose, not loose people!!!), but despite the fact that I am thin, I am not healthy.  I think that was my problem initially, because I’m not overweight, I didn’t really feel the need to do any exercise.  But when I realized I get out breath walking up 3 flights of stairs at work, I knew I needed to do something.  I lead a pretty sedentary lifestyle and after getting my blood pressure tested recently and not being entirely happy with the results and having a bit of a middle that resembles freshly needed bread dough, it was time for a change.

I know that I needed to do something that appealed to my laziness if it was going to be something that would be sustainable for myself.  The first change was to tackle the middle.  I have started doing Winsor Pilates every other day.  I used to do this at uni and I absolutely love it, first off, its effective.  I’ve only been doing it two weeks and I can already see a noticeable difference.  Also it’s quick, it’s a 20 minute workout I can do right on my living room floor, I do it before or after dinner and done!  It’s also quite relaxing and nice to stretch out after a day at work, definitely give it a go if you want to tone up, but don’t like the idea of going to the gym.

So that takes care of my strength, still working on cardio at the moment.  I do have a 20 minute walk to work a few days a week, but it’s not really enough.  I think this week I am going to try to incorporate Zumba on the Xbox on the nights I don’t do Pilates.

As far as diet, I am pretty happy with what I eat.  My husband and I cook all our meals fresh, we don’t use any pre-made meals.  We try to eat veggie a few times a week as well.  I did start tracking my diet with My Fitness Pal app though.  Love this app and it does help you see your eating trends.  After a few weeks of use, I can see that I usually am under my calorie count during the week, but then go way over on the weekends.  I also can see that I need to eat more protein, and lay off the fat on the weekend.  It’s a good tool to get a gauge of your eating patterns and see what things can be tweaked.

In general, I think with exercise and diet, you really need to find something that you can enjoy and that appeals to you.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to keep it up and will just end up getting frustrated, so although these may seem like small changes, they are first steps and that is progress!

What things do you do to try to have a healthy lifestyle?  Are you a gym bunny or a gymaphobe?

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