Hey hey! How are you? Hope you’re having fun with the morning. No Sugar January is off to a robust begin! I in all probability ought to have specified that it didn’t imply zero sugar in any respect (wine is technically a sugar, fruit is a sugar. This will get a bit of excessive) however no sweets or added sugar. For instance, I’m having protein powder and MCT oil in my oatmeal as an alternative of a large drizzle of maple syrup.
Exercise-wise, I bought in a killer legs and HIIT exercise Monday, and a pleasant aerial yoga class yesterday. (I’ll share the main points in a Focus On publish quickly!) This morning, I’m educating barre, and getting in my private exercise throughout naptime. I don’t actually love figuring out throughout naptime because it’s my likelihood to blitz on work, however I’ve discovered that if I don’t work out throughout P’s nap, it will get more durable and more durable to squeeze it in because the day goes on. Earlier than I do know it, I’m cleansing up from dinner, giving the ladies baths, and able to crawl onto the sofa for the evening.
Apple Watch vs. the Fitbit Alta
One thing that has helped loads with my motivation to get transferring and keep energetic all through the day has been my Apple Watch. I’m an enormous fan of health trackers – I’ve used a number of Fitbit fashions, the Tom-Tom Spark 3, Garmins, Polars, I’m type of a nerd about health trackers – and the most recent fave is the Apple Watch. It’s sporty however cute sufficient to put on day-after-day, and the stats and interface are wonderful.
Once I converted to the Apple Watch, I’d been sporting a Fitbit for probably the most half, and most lately the FitBit Alta. I like that the Alta is far smaller than different health trackers and it gave me comparable stats (plus the guts price mannequin tracks your coronary heart price). I’ve been a Fitbit fan for years and have constantly used the Fitbit as an efficient strategy to observe my steps and exercise stats. I’d been eyeing the Apple Look ahead to a few 12 months, however wasn’t certain if the associated fee could be price switching over.
After we first moved to Valdosta, we attended an public sale for Liv’s new college, and on one of many tables was an Apple Watch. I made a decision to place it into future’s palms. A few mint juleps later, and lurking across the public sale desk, I used to be the proud new proprietor of an Apple Watch 2 (and a pair of Prada sun shades. Yolo. <— do folks nonetheless keep that? hah)
Right here’s my assessment of the Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Alta:
The Fitbit interface is easy. It tells you every thing you want to know (steps, distance, energy burned) with none further bells and whistles. In case you log into the app, you may as well observe knowledge on sleep, which could be extraordinarily insightful.
The Apple Watch takes issues to the subsequent stage. Your objectives for the day are break up into little circles: transfer objectives (energy burned), standing (I believe it’s transfer for five minutes of each hour), and exercise (half-hour of exercise per day). It’s SO satisfying to see the circles construct all through the day, and a simple strategy to look and test the way you’re doing.
Because the Apple Watch is clearly…a watch…you may as well change the face to an image in your digicam, or any from their gallery (a few of them transfer, just like the jellyfish and butterflies). It’s type of enjoyable to vary the face to Minnie Mouse once we’re at Disney World. 😉
To be completely trustworthy, I haven’t used this characteristic on the Apple watch. I discover that as a mother, sleep monitoring is without doubt one of the most miserable issues ever. Ignorance is bliss.
I did use this whereas I used to be sporting the Alta, and it was useful to see how a lot deep sleep I used to be getting vs. mild/interrupted sleep.
That is the place Fitbit wins. My Alta would simply final just a few days, and my Apple Watch lasts a few day and a half. This implies I both need to cost it in a single day or take a noon cost break, which is type of annoying.
The exercise tracker is next-level stuff, and one of many causes I LOVE the Apple Watch. You may choose swim, indoor stroll, outside stroll, cycle, spin indoors, or fast begin, and it’ll goal your stats based mostly in your exercise. It additionally tracks coronary heart price, which I discover to be fairly correct. Typically once I get tremendous sweaty it slides round my wrist and doesn’t learn it fairly as nicely. I like having the ability to inform it what I’m doing so it could actually offers extra related data. For instance, if I’m exterior, it consists of distance and tempo on my stats.
The Fitbit Cost is far more restricted on this side so it’s one of many large perks of the Apple Watch. It shows the music I’m presently taking part in from my cellphone, and I can modify the amount. That is SO AWESOME whereas I’m educating a category as a result of I can flip the music down for extra thorough teaching and enhance the amount for an intense a part of the exercise.
The Apple Watch additionally syncs my textual content messages and I can reply the cellphone from it (and communicate into the watch). I discover that with these options, I’m not on my cellphone almost as a lot. I’m not always checking to see if I’ve any missed texts or calls.
The Apple Watch seems to be a bit of extra tech-y, however ultimately, it simply seems to be like a reasonably watch. I like which you can swap out the wristbands and alter the watch face.
I really feel like with the rest, you must discover out what works for you and what you favor. Once I put on a health tracker, I really feel extra motivated to get in small bits of motion all through the day and actually purpose to hit these 10k steps. The Alta is a good tracker (and is cheaper than the Apple Watch), and the Apple Watch offers a bit of extra perception, settings, and choices. They’re each superior in their very own manner, however for now, I’m utilizing and loving the Apple Watch.
Do you utilize a health tracker? What’s your very favourite? What motion objectives do you set for your self every day?
I purpose to hit 10k steps – some days it’s tremendous straightforward and others it’s difficult – and get in my half-hour of motion.