Sunday, 7 February 2016

Every Bit helps in getting Fit


In my quest to remove the moobs and side handles, other wise known as the 'Dad Bod' I've started running a couple of times a week, and taking more notice of what I eat and drink. I'm not the sort of person that spouts "my body is a temple" rubbish, but after son number two things needed to change. But lets face it, despite the dance of Brad Pitt, I'm certainly never going to look like him. 

For my recent birthday my family gave me a FitBit Surge so I could use it whilst on runs to monitor my performance, as one of my longterm goals is to eventually run a marathon. There, I said it. It's out in the public domain for eternity (well as long as this blog remains live, in any case). 

If your looking into this type of fitness technology, here are some key features you may want to check out:
  • GPS Tracking - See distance, pace and elevation climbed & review routes and split times

  • Long Battery Life
 - Lasts longer than competing trackers with a battery life of 7+ days

  • PurePulse™ Heart Rate
 - Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones

  • Notifications + Music
 - See call and text notifications on display and control songs from your mobile playlist

  • All-Day Activity
 - Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes

  • Auto Sleep + Alarms - Monitor your sleep automatically and set a silent alarm 

  • Multi-Sport + Smart Track™ - 
Track runs, rides and other workouts with multi-sport modes or automatically record them with SmartTrack 

  • Wireless Syncing
 - Sync stats wirelessly and automatically to leading smartphones and computers
All of this hooks up to your own personal dashboard where you can monitor a host of activity, which includes; Steps taken, miles walked, heart rate, calories burned/consumed, floors climbed, and set goals and track general exercise. I'm only a few days in to it, but it looks like the sort of thing that you get out what you put in. You can also sync up to other people you know to create a sense of fitness togetherness. 

I think there's other uses for the FitBit in general life outside of fitness, and into the world of parenting, and here are some possible uses:
  • Every step helps - we've all been there during the day or even in the deepest, darkest, time of night. Pacing up and down the room/hallway/landing with the little one trying to get them back off to sleep. With the steps counter you'll know exactly how far you've walked, and the fewer steps you do each night you'll rest knowing they're getting easier to settle. So far my furthest recently is 1,500 steps. 
  • Not quite sleeping like a baby - you can monitor your sleep patterns automatically through being inactive for a period of time. So whether it's at night or you're grabbing 40 deep winks when the little ones are you can see not only how much sleep you're not having, but also the quality as it monitors the number of times you are woken or disturbed. 
  • Count to 56 BPM - During the sleep mode cycle your heart rate is monitored to record its resting BPM. So when your buttons are being pushed, and you can feel yourself getting hot under the collar simply check the watch for your BPM to calm down. I must admit I don't know if there's an alarm if the BPM get's too high. If not there should be. 
  • Up and down, down and up and back down - you've woken up and gone downstairs to put the bottle on and make a cuppa. You've gone back upstairs to feed the baby and give your partner their cuppa. You've then gone back downstairs to get the biscuits, and then back upstairs. You get the idea. So far today I've been up and down x14. I'd never really counted before, so the learning I'm taking form this is that I need to stop for a few moments to think if I've got everything etc before I go up/down. But now son number one is old enough, I can send him on a mission. Which will inevitably result in me going to help. 
This is not an exhaustive list, as I'm only just starting with it, so if you have any ideas, please feel free to add them as a comment. 

In all seriousness though since starting out on getting fit again I've certainly noticed a change not only  physically, but also in my energy levels, better moods, stress and sleeping patterns. All for the better both for myself and the family, and things like this watch may be a gimmick, but I'm going to use it to continue to change my lifestyle to a more healthier one. 

23 comments:

  1. Ooooh, good luck with the marathon...!! It's so hard to maintain a fitness regime with little children around, isn't it? I started exercising properly again last summer, and since Christmas have tried to step it up even more. But I find drinking less wine soooooooo hard!!! I could give up any food, but wine is one of the only things that keeps me going! I don't have a FitBit, and didn't know much about them until I read this, so now I know what they're all about! Keep us updated on how it's all going!!
    #fartglitter

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  2. Hi This Mum's Life. Thanks for the feedback. The marathon seems like a long way away, but it's a goal that I'm determined to meet. It certainly is hard to make time as I'm either knackered or feeling guilty for taking the time. But I'm finding the balance, and like you a glass of wine/beer helps =:0) Just thought of another use for the FitBit, you can track the number of steps around the house you take playing hide and seek. #fartglitter

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  3. I just got a Fitbit too (Charge HR) and so far am loving it! I'm on a fitness/health mission after putting on a lot of weight (which wasn't helped by my meds).
    Good luck with the marathon! I'm not a runner so am totally in awe of anyone who runs at all! A marathon is amazing!

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  4. Thanks Olivia, for taking the time to read and comment, much appreciated. Glad to hear you're enjoying your FitBit too. I think they're great for helping in being more active and how we use them outside of just running is excellent. Even though I've had my one for a few days its that little reminder to get up and move about. Thanks for the support on the marathon front =:0)

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  5. Good for you! It sounds like you're doing really well. I got an Apple Watch last year and began monitoring my steps, with walking to-and-fro with the kids I can do about 4,000 steps just around the house! Also because my office is upstairs I manage about the same as you for that.
    It can be really hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially when you're a parent. It is so easy to choose a Chinese takeaway over a healthy cooked meal. I often struggle with that choice!
    Great post, and good luck with your marathon goal. :)
    #bloggingtojogging

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    1. Hi Morgan, thanks. I certainly try. Glad you like the post. It's surprising how many steps you make when around the house. Chinese meals are our down fall also, with a bottle of wine =:0)

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  6. Oh helloooo FitBit, you need to enter my life! I didn't realise it can track your sleep and quality of sleep as well. That is something I'd be interested to know as I feel tired ALL. THE. TIME. But I have a 7 week old so that's expected haaa. Thanks for sharing all of it's lovely uses! #thebabyformula

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    1. Thanks Megan. Congrats on your new addition. Those first few months are tough, is it your first? I must admit with our first I did enjoy the power naps during my paternity and the weekends. We tried not looking at the clock during the night, which seemed to help.

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  7. I keep toying with the idea of getting a Fitbit and it's only the price that keeps holding me back. I'm sure that it must drive you to be more mindful of your activity levels. I live in a three story house and I'm sure I spend most of my day up and down various flights of stairs. It would be interesting to track!

    Good luck with your training and I think it's fantastic that you have a marathon in your sights!

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    1. Hi, I must admit I was the same. There are so many types out there to fit all budget types, and it's reassuring to see progress etc and makes walking up and down stairs x30 a day a little more rewarding =:0)

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  8. I just bought my Fitbit yesterday and I'm still figuring it out. I am part of a weekly challenge with fellow blogger Trista over at Domesticated Momster! She's awesome and I can't wait to see what the Fitbit does for me. Good luck with the Fitbit yourself and getting back into shape. I talk about it all the time on my blog how working out has positively affected my energy level and my moods. It really helps when I have a very energetic 9 year old to keep up with. LOL! Popping over from #abitofeverything

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    1. Thanks for your comment Michelle. They are good fun, and I can see it being addictive. It'll be interesting to see if I do more walking mid week in the office or at weekends running around after the kids. (I think I know the answer to that one).

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  9. I'm going to show this post to OH as he has bigger boobs than me! I bought one of those Fitbit thingies and I do feel slightly more fitter as a result. However, I have become a slave to it. It's my new obsession - check it all the time - will probably walk in front of a bus checking it. Good luck on the moob busting. ;)

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  10. Hi Tracy, glad you like the post. I can certainly see it becoming addictive, but I guess there's worse things to be doing =:0) It's like there's a good and evil fitness bod sat on my shoulder battling it out over whether I should be more active or eat that extra doughnut!! At the moment the good one is winning. But chuck in a few sleepless nights, and it could all change. Hope your other half likes the post also.

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  11. I am so addicted to my Fitbit and have had the bugger a week! It has really helped. I'm quite active at the gym but not so much wth the walking. It has really pushed me. It sounds like you are doing fab...love the 1500 steps of pacing. Good luck with that Marathon! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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  12. Hi Sarah, thanks for taking the time to comment. It's surprising how quick being able to quantify movement helps us feel better about ourselves, giving that bit of extra motivation to go 'one step further'. Any type of exercise is good, and I'd like to get to the stage of going to the gym, but at the moment I'll take what I can.

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  13. I just got something similar and I love it. It's really made me conscious of my inactive periods and I have begun to make small changes like parking in the furthest away car park and walking instead of sitting during break times. It all adds up. Good luck with your quest and thanks for linking up to #fartglitter

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  14. Hi Mama, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It certainly all helps, and I'm finding my energy levels are improving also. Good luck with yours too.

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  15. Good for you and good luck with the marathon! I am slowly getting back into exercise and feeling so much better for it. The weather improving certainly helps! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub mister!

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    1. Thanks Talya. It takes a while to get back into the swing of it but I'm getting there. Hope your exercise goes well also.

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  16. It sounds brilliant and really worth it for so many reasons (you point out). I really hadn't considered it for general wellbeing which it sounds useful for too... and just making me walk an extra 10 steps to reach a rounded figure!
    Good luck with the marathon!!

    Thanks for sharing and hope you can this week too #TheBabyFormula

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting. It certainly is helping to drive self competition and go that extra bit further. That and making the mundane of pacing whilst rocking the little one to sleep a little better.

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  17. This fit bit sounds like a brilliant idea. I've read a few posts about them now and I definitely need to get my fit on so this could help gadget freak me do just that. Thanks for sharing and good luck getting fitter x

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