Bootcamp twice in one week. It happened. Thanks Meg for making every muscle in my body sore!
One of the moves we did reminded me of those old school cross country cardio machines. Did anyone else ever use those? My sister had one and I would use it in high school to work up quite a sweat.
My other favorite old-school workout pieces of equipment—> Thigh Master, The Firm (we had a ton of these VHS tapes) and the Ab Roller. Good memories. I like my running shoes the most though.
Brooke and I hit up a Play Pace last night.
And she also beat me in a game of ring toss. I really need to start practicing.
I love it when our mountains look like this.
I got an Apple Watch (from myself… completely normal… Target was giving a $100 gift card with the purchase of the watch so it was a no brainer for me;) for Christmas. I knew that I would like it but I had no idea that I would absolutely love it. I was going to write a pros and cons list but I only have one con so here is my pros and con list.
My Favorite Pros:
-I love having fitness information/stats. It is fun for me to know how many steps I walk, the distance I travel each day, how long I am active each day and my heart rate. I love that I can set goals and check throughout the day how I am doing on reaching my goals. I have had different activity trackers in the past and lasted with them for a little while but then got bored wearing them because they weren’t nearly as user friendly, easy to see the info (or I had to connect them to a computer) and they weren’t something I wanted to wear everywhere. With this one I wear it all day long… working out/running errands/dates/church/being lazy at home.
-For running. I wore my watch and my garmin one day for a 2.5 mile run to see how they compared with tracking distance… they were pretty much RIGHT on. The Apple Watch is also pretty accurate with distance on the treadmill (more so than my garmin is) and it is a lot less fuss. You just push a button and go. BUT when I am training more specifically in the future I will go back to using my garmin for running because the Apple Watch is a lot more basic with the information it tells you—> i.e. just distance/time/pace/heart rate. I will need the garmin for more detailed information like my splits, laps and overall average pace. The Apple Watch tracks outdoor runs, indoor runs, outdoor walks, outdoor cycle, indoor walks, indoor cycle, the elliptical, rower, stair stepper and other (i.e. cross-fit/bootcamp/strength) information! I also love to have it for the timer… makes it easy for planks, core work, plyometrics etc.
-I am on my phone way less now that I have the watch. I thought I would feel too connected at times by having a smart watch but I actually feel like I am on technology a lot less now. Before the watch I would check my phone often to see if I had a new text or missed call and then get on and scroll through instagram for 10 minutes before even realizing what I was doing. Now with the watch I feel a buzz when I get a text or call and so I don’t really get on my phone unless I am responding to something specific. I feel like my phone is in my purse most of the time now because I have no reason to be checking it. You can also send short response text messages (i.e. thanks, I’ll call you soon, yes, in a meeting etc) right from the watch and you can also use it to talk call/talk.
-I take a lot of self timer pictures for the blog. With this I can take the picture with my watch—> I set the phone up, walk away to where I want to stand and then use my watch to SEE what the picture will look like and push a button on the watch for it to take the picture 3 seconds later.
PS this looks like an Apple commercial but I just have a deep love for Apple… reviewing this on my own.
-I love having my favorite photos on the watch (and using them as the face of the watch), starting my music on my phone from my watch (I don’t have an explanation of why I like to do this but I just do), the weekly summary, the alerts for events, the Google Maps function (connects to your phone’s directions and it alerts you when to turn etc) and I am a gadget person so I just have fun with the whole thing. PS the screen is black until you move your arm to look at it and then the screen lights up.
-The heart rate monitor takes some time to catch up. It works perfectly when I am doing a consistent workout or intervals that are longer but for short intervals—> it gets pretty behind. For example during a bootcamp class when we are doing crazy jump/squats/burpees/whatever for 45 seconds and my heart rate feels like it is 200, the watch takes some time to catch up and then when we are recovering it will jump up to tell me what my heart rate was during the interval… does that make sense? Not sure if it is possible for it to always be right on but it is just something I noticed.
-This could also be a con (it isn’t for me) but you need to have your phone nearish you for it to track everything/work the apps/etc. I always run with my phone (I just put it in my fuel belt) so this doesn’t bother me.
Do you use any type of fitness tracker? Anyone have an Apple Watch… what are your thoughts?
What are some of your favorite old school workout tools—> equipment or videos?
When did you start working out?