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 could 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 an enormous drizzle of maple syrup.
Exercise-wise, I acquired in a killer legs and HIIT exercise Monday, and a pleasant aerial yoga class yesterday. (I’ll share the small print in a Focus On put up quickly!) This morning, I’m educating 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 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 night time.
Apple Watch vs. the Fitbit Alta
One thing that has helped lots 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 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 every single day, and the stats and interface are wonderful.
After I converted to the Apple Watch, I’d been sporting a Fitbit for probably the most half, and most not too long ago the FitBit Alta. I like that the Alta is far smaller than different health trackers and it gave me related stats (plus the center fee mannequin tracks your coronary heart fee). I’ve been a Fitbit fan for years and have persistently used the Fitbit as an efficient option to monitor my steps and exercise stats. I’d been eyeing the Apple Look ahead to a few 12 months, however wasn’t positive if the fee could be price switching over.
Once we first moved to Valdosta, we attended an public sale for Liv’s new faculty, 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 evaluation of the Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Alta:
The Fitbit interface is easy. It tells you every part you should know (steps, distance, energy burned) with none further bells and whistles. For those who log into the app, you too can monitor information on sleep, which could be extraordinarily insightful.
The Apple Watch takes issues to the following degree. 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 option to look and test the way you’re doing.
Because the Apple Watch is clearly…a watch…you too can 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 type of enjoyable to vary the face to Minnie Mouse once we’re at Disney World. 😉
To be completely sincere, I haven’t used this function 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 sporting the Alta, and it was useful to see how a lot deep sleep I used to be getting vs. gentle/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 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 possibly can choose swim, indoor stroll, out of doors stroll, cycle, spin indoors, or fast begin, and it’ll goal your stats primarily based in your exercise. It additionally tracks coronary heart fee, which I discover to be fairly correct. Generally once 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 could gives extra related data. For instance, if I’m outdoors, it consists of distance and tempo on my stats.
The Fitbit Cost is rather 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 regulate the quantity. 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 quantity 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 converse into the watch). I discover that with these options, I’m not on my cellphone practically as a lot. I’m not consistently checking to see if I’ve any missed texts or calls.
The Apple Watch appears to be like a bit of extra tech-y, however in the long run, it simply appears to be like like a reasonably watch. I like you could swap out the wristbands and alter the watch face.
I really feel like with anything, you must discover out what works for you and what you favor. After I put on a health tracker, I really feel extra motivated to get in small bits of motion all through the day and actually intention to hit these 10k steps. The Alta is a good tracker (and is cheaper than the Apple Watch), and the Apple Watch gives a bit of extra perception, settings, and choices. They’re each superior in their very own approach, however for now, I’m utilizing and loving the Apple Watch.
Do you employ a health tracker? What’s your very favourite? What motion objectives do you set for your self every day?
I intention to hit 10k steps – some days it’s tremendous simple and others it’s difficult – and get in my half-hour of motion.