Since during the Lent season I will be doing a Lent post on Fridays, my Fitness Friday posts are now temporarily Training Thursdays.
Travel usually throws off my workouts, but when John and I were in Orlando a couple weeks ago, two key things kept up my fitness routine: (1) working out with my sister-in-law and (2) a new fitness tracker.
While staying with John’s family, I was anxious to get outside and enjoy some nice Florida weather. Emma was up for working out, and we decided to do a new workout that her trainer planned out. Whew, it was difficult but a great workout! I’ve done the routine several times since our trip for a quick but effective workout. Here it is:
Shine Fitness Tracker
As a part of John’s seminar that we were in Orlando for, everyone in the company (plus spouses!) received Shine fitness trackers! I’d been wanting a fitness tracker, so I was very excited to begin using it!
Overview: Essentially, you set a goal on how many points you want to get per day based on your average activity level. The Shine tracks your steps, awards points (based on how vigorously you are active, amount of time spent exercising, steps taken etc.), and tracks burned calories all in the app. It also charts your sleep and shows you how much deep sleep you get every night.
Pros: Being the goal oriented person that I am, I’ve really enjoyed using the Shine. It’s small and unobtrusive, and lights up when you tap it to show progress toward your goal. (I wear it as a watch, but it comes with a magnetic clip to wear on your shoes, waistband etc.) I find the sleep tracking interesting, but I don’t actual change my behavior based on it, mainly because I don’t know how much “deep sleep” is ideal. I also really like how it’s waterproof, which will also come in handy if I swim laps in the summer.
Cons: I don’t fully understand the point system since doing P90X kickboxing for an hour didn’t give me as many points as a quick 2 mile run. I also don’t get much credit when I weight train. It might be helpful to pay more attention to my steps, aiming to get 10,000 per day, which is difficult working from home several days a week!
Overall: All in all, tracking my points/steps is motivating for me and a reminder to get up and move throughout the day. Plus the nerdy side of me loves looking at the different bars graphs and getting “badges” for reaching milestones and meeting your goal.