Hey hey! How are you? Hope you’re having fun with the morning. No Sugar January is off to a powerful begin! I most likely ought to have specified that it didn’t imply zero sugar in any respect (wine is technically a sugar, fruit is a sugar. This could get a little bit excessive) however no sweets or added sugar. For instance, I’m having protein powder and MCT oil in my oatmeal as a substitute of an enormous drizzle of maple syrup.
Exercise-wise, I received 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 instructing barre, and getting in my private exercise throughout naptime. I don’t actually love understanding 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 tougher and tougher to squeeze it in because the day goes on. Earlier than I do know it, I’m cleansing up from dinner, giving the women baths, and able to crawl onto the sofa for the night time.
Apple Watch vs. the Fitbit Alta
One thing that has helped quite a bit with my motivation to get transferring and keep lively 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 sort of a nerd about health trackers – and the most recent fave is the Apple Watch. It’s sporty however cute sufficient to put on each day, and the stats and interface are wonderful.
Once I converted to the Apple Watch, I’d been carrying a Fitbit for essentially the most half, and most just lately the FitBit Alta. I like that the Alta is far smaller than different health trackers and it gave me related 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 approach to monitor my steps and exercise stats. I’d been eyeing the Apple Look ahead to a few yr, however wasn’t certain if the fee could be price switching over.
Once 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 fingers. 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 individuals nonetheless keep that? hah)
Right here’s my evaluate of the Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Alta:
The Fitbit interface is easy. It tells you every thing you could know (steps, distance, energy burned) with none additional bells and whistles. In case you log into the app, you may as well monitor knowledge on sleep, which will be extraordinarily insightful.
The Apple Watch takes issues to the subsequent stage. Your targets for the day are break up into little circles: transfer targets (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 approach to look and examine the way you’re doing.
For the reason that Apple Watch is clearly…a watch…you may as well change the face to an image in your digital camera, or any from their gallery (a few of them transfer, just like the jellyfish and butterflies). It’s sort of enjoyable to vary the face to Minnie Mouse after 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 among the most miserable issues ever. Ignorance is bliss.
I did use this whereas I used to be carrying 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 a couple of days, and my Apple Watch lasts a few day and a half. This implies I both should cost it in a single day or take a noon cost break, which is sort of annoying.
The exercise tracker is next-level stuff, and one of many causes I LOVE the Apple Watch. You possibly can choose swim, indoor stroll, outside stroll, cycle, spin indoors, or fast begin, and it’ll goal your stats primarily based in your exercise. It additionally tracks coronary heart price, which I discover to be fairly correct. Generally after I get tremendous sweaty it slides round my wrist and doesn’t learn it fairly as properly. I like having the ability to inform it what I’m doing so it may supplies extra related information. For instance, if I’m outdoors, it contains distance and tempo on my stats.
The Fitbit Cost is way more restricted on this facet so it’s one of many large perks of the Apple Watch. It shows the music I’m presently taking part in from my telephone, and I can modify the quantity. That is SO AWESOME whereas I’m instructing a category as a result of I can flip the music down for extra thorough teaching and improve the quantity for an intense a part of the exercise.
The Apple Watch additionally syncs my textual content messages and I can reply the telephone from it (and converse into the watch). I discover that with these options, I’m not on my telephone practically as a lot. I’m not continually checking to see if I’ve any missed texts or calls.
The Apple Watch seems to be a little bit extra tech-y, however in the long run, it simply seems to be like a reasonably watch. I like which you could swap out the wristbands and alter the watch face.
I really feel like with the rest, it’s important to discover out what works for you and what you like. 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 superb tracker (and is inexpensive than the Apple Watch), and the Apple Watch supplies a little bit 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 employ a health tracker? What’s your very favourite? What motion targets 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.