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Friday Five:  WW Fitness Tools

Up until this point, I have never really talked to much about fitness or exercise on the blog, but I wanted to change that in 2012. Having all of you has done wonders keeping me accountable for trying new recipes and staying on track eating. So here is a huge THANKS! However, working out. That’s a whole other story. My general work out pattern has gone something like this: work out hard for 2 weeks, kind of work out for 1 week, take 6-10 weeks off. Ugh. Does this happen to anyone else?  So to hopefully fix that this year, I am going to set some work out goals, that I can hopefully stick to. Here they are:

  1. Run a half marathon – Signing up this week – paying for something has always helped me stay committed
  2. Attend a Yoga or Pilates Class 3-4 times/monthly – I love Yoga and Pilates classes and need more flexibility, but given the cost, one class/week is probably the right goal
  3. Learn to surf – I live in Southern California, across from a beach, I need to learn to do this
  4. Earn activity points outdoors every week – I love being outside, but don’t always prioritize it.  Time for hiking, biking, and other outdoor fun

 

Along with these goals, here are some of my favorite tools, that I am hoping will also help me stay on track to be more fit in 2012.

1.  Nike + Sensor:  If you have an iPod and like to listen to music while you run, this is a must.  I personally recommend the sensor and sensor case because it can be used on any pair of sneakers.  Plug the Nike + into your iPod and the sensor automatically tracks your mileage and gives you encouragement messages along the way.  Then plug in your Ipod to your computer and it tracks your weekly progress.  I LOVE mine.  There are also great workouts available on iTunes that coach you through different runs and even full body workouts.

2.  Pedometer:  One of the best pieces of fitness advice I ever heard was to buy a pedometer and track my daily steps.  As soon as I bought one, I immediately began challenging myself to take more steps everyday.  Honestly, you will park further away from the store just to get more steps.  I thought it was crazy, but it’s true.  Best of all, they are inexpensive and help you maximize something you already do everyday – walk.

3.  Resistance Band Set:  I will be the first to admit I am not always the best at adding in strength training to my workouts.  I think it dates back to a certain softball coach who had us lift weights with the football team to bulk us up.  I am terrified of bulking up.  However, I love these resistance bands for quick strength training at home.  The linked kit is my personal favorite, but any would work.  You can do a million exercises and stretches with them.

4.  Theraband Ankle and Wrist Weights:  To be honest, I haven’t tried these yet but did just order them.  A friend of mine (who is in amazing shape) swears by them.  She wears them for her morning walk and then wears the ankle weights anytime she is cooking, cleaning, or just lounging around her house to give her an extra boost.  Based on her results and the fact that they only cost $18, I have to give it a try.

5.  Body Bugg:  I am saving up to buy this currently.  I have heard so many good things about it and just have to have one.  Hopefully it will be making it’s way to my arm soon.  Anything that works on the Biggest Loser, I want to try.  And this one sounds amazing.

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5 Response to Friday Five: WW Fitness Tools

  1. Abby on January 6, 2012

    Good luck with the fitness goals! I’ve found the best thing for me is to make a schedule ahead of time, rather than leaving it up to “how I feel” that day. I will schedule a class or make plans to meet up with a friend and I’m MUCH more successful that way. I’ve also done things like participate in challenges to keep myself motivated. I did a “Exercise 30 minutes for 30 days” challenge on WW online last year, and I think I went three months in a row before I missed a day because I didn’t want to mess up my streak. I couldn’t believe how effectively it got me off my butt!

    I love yoga too, and it’s true – the classes are super expensive. I am signed up at Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com. Both of these websites send a daily deal to your email. The deals range from restaurants to stores to (you guessed it) fitness studios. I have gotten AMAZING deals on yoga, zumba, and boot camp classes using these websites. For example, one of the first ones I bought was for 20 yoga classes for $49. Considering the studio normally charges $15/class, it was a steal!

    Finally, I would really recommend a heart rate monitor (HRM). I don’t know what the Body Bugg does in comparison to a HRM, but I find my HRM to be an indispensable tool in my workouts. Not only does it keep track of the calories I’ve burned, it motivates me to kick up my workout if I see my heart rate is lower than I’d like. It really works! Mine is a Polar FT4, which is a fairly basic model, but does all I need it to. Polar is a pretty reputable company for HRMs, if you decide to shop for one. :)

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    • Kristen on January 6, 2012

      Thank you! This is super helpful. I love the idea of scheduling my workouts ahead of time – I think that would work for me. Especially I find a buddy to schedule them with. Also going to check out the HRM. Sounds great and way less expensive than the Body Bugg. Thanks again!!

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      • Abby on January 6, 2012

        The HRM is great. Like I said, mine is pretty basic, but it keeps track of my heart rate during my workout, my total calorie burn for that workout, and saves that data in my HRM for 14 days (I think). They have fancier ones that include more advanced data, but that’s all I really need mine for. If you go that route, definitely get one with a chest strap. You forget you even have it on and it’s WAY more accurate than the other kind. :)

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  2. Caron on January 6, 2012

    My goal this year is also to get in more exercise. I do some exercise each week but sometimes it’s only two days and I know that isn’t enough. Good luck. :)

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  3. [email protected] on June 3, 2012

    Consistency is key. Doesn’t matter what you do..if you like it you’re more likely to stick with it. I prefer sports like tennis or badminton (where I don’t realize that I’m exercising..that’s a bad word to me. For now I’m walking every a.m and then doing some spot exercises for stomach and arms. Am going to look into a Zumba class as I’ve tried it a couple of times and it is one heck of a workout and alot of fun.

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