Last Night’s Workout
- Stationary Bike – 15 minutes
- Elliptical – 20 minutes
I did end up going to the gym last night, but I didn’t go to yoga. I like yoga, I really do, but sometimes I really need to be in a yoga mood. And last night, I just wasn’t in a yoga mood. Instead, I took a 15 bike ride through the forest…
I love the new bike with the screen at my gym. Last week, I was racing on a track and this week I’m riding on a trail through the forest. Fun. After 15 minutes, I switched to the elliptical for 20 minutes. Danny didn’t go the gym last night because he takes Jaden to get an allergy shot on Wednesdays once a month or so. Poor Jaden and his allergies. Luckily, they seem to be slowly improving.
That was it. I know, I know. I broke the #1 rule – Thou shall never skip breakfast. But I woke up a little late and not feeling the happiest, so I just stuck with coffee.
- Adaptive Motion Trainer – 18 minutes
- Step Class – 60 minutes
Of course, within the first 10 minutes of Step class, I was kicking myself for not eating breakfast, but I got through the class, and ate my post workout snack in the car.
A Builder Bar and a clementine. I love those chocolate peanut butter snack size Builder bars so much. I just wish they weren’t $8 a box. I also treated myself to some McDonald’s coffee.
Directly from the gym, I go to pick up my niece, and when I got there today, I saw the best thing ever:
Little McCutie Fitness has her very own Step, just like Auntie Heather! Could life get any better
Well, I use mine to stay in shape, and she uses hers to practice walking up a step, but I still love it!
BodyMedia Fit Review
I have been wearing my Body Media Fit device for about 17 days now, and I just wanted to do a quick review on it.
How the BodyMedia Fit works:
Your BodyMedia® FIT Armband has multiple sensors. Those innovative sensors take 5 different “views” of your life:
|Motion||The Armband contains an accelerometer, a device that measures motion. (Your car air bag has an accelerometer in it that lets it know when you’ve been in an accident.) We use it to measure HOW you move from multiple axis and perspectives, allowing us to better understand your activity.|
|Steps||We count your steps, using the accelerometer to measure the distinct patterns created by walking and/or running.|
|Galvanic Skin Response||When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps us see how active you are.|
|Skin Temperature||There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that helps us know how hot you are.|
|Heat Flux||When you move, your muscles produce heat. We measure the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment.|
Basically, you wear the BodyMedia Fit on an armband all day (and night). It measures your calories burned, fitness levels, steps taken, and sleep. You can input what you eat into the activity manager so you can see how many calories you’ve eaten compared to how many you’ve burned.
It’s pretty simple. I put the armband on my left triceps and I leave it there all day. Before I go to bed, I plug it into the computer and this screen pops up automatically:
This screen was uploaded about noon before I had entered my breakfast, that’s why it’s showing that I only consumed 37 calories. I put the device back on my arm and sleep with it on. I plug it in one more time when I wake up. So, once in the morning and once at night. And that’s usually enough time to fully charge it. A full charge will last about five days.
I input everything that I ate so that I can make sure that I am burning more calories than I am consuming. When you initially setup the BodyMedia Fit, you can enter in your stats and activity levels, so that you know how many calories you should be eating and burning. It is really simple to set up.
So far, I love the BodyMedia Fit. It is very easy to use, and the activity manager goes into a lot more detail with nice reports and nutrition feedback, but I personally just like the basic screen with my basic information. This helps me know if I’ve burned enough calories and if I’ve gotten in my 10,000 steps for the day.
At first, I wasn’t excited about wearing it on my arm all day. I can’t even stand wearing an iPod armband for a whole 5k. But surprisingly, after the first day, it didn’t bother me at all. And now, I feel weird if I’m not wearing it. You just velcro it on once and then you can slip it off your arm when you need to remove it. It doesn’t even bother me when I sleep.
Even though, I love this device, I’m not convinced that it measures my sleep correctly. I think it underestimates how long I’m sleeping, and honestly I’m not very much interested in how much I sleep. I can easy figure out how many hours of sleep I am getting without this device. But it does go into detail about when you’re laying down, when you’re sleeping, and when you’re awake.
I think I like the BodyMedia Fit so much because it really lets me see everything that I’m doing during the day. I am very good about counting every calorie, so it’s nice to see how those calories are being burned. The only downside is once you spend $100+ on the device, you then have to pay $7 a month to go online and see all the info. (The first three months are free). But you can also sync the BodyMedia Fit with an iPhone or Android app.
Right now, I just plug it into the computer to see my info and that’s good enough for me. If you’re looking to lose weight and want to know how many calories you’re burning, I would definitely recommend the BodyMedia Fit. It’s a little bit pricey, but if you’re a little bit obsessive like me, it’s nice to see all those numbers. And it helps you track your food which is a great aid in weight loss.
I know there are few other devices like this one, The FitBit and BodyBugg, but I have no experience with those so I can’t compare them to the BodyMedia Fit. Bottom line, I love my BodyMedia Fit, and even Danny is thinking about getting one. It’s simple to set up, easy to use, and very helpful in showing how much activity you get throughout the day.
- Do you use a device like the BodyMedia Fit or FitBit? I would love to hear your thoughts on it!
- Do you ever go to yoga?
- How often do you eat breakfast?
- Favorite meal of the day?