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Sunday, 10 January 2016

December flop, January motivation toys!

I decided to start writing this blog in the wrong month really. I wasn't too good at going to the gym in December and I am now having to start from scratch again! Indulging over the Christmas period wasn't too detrimental to the scales but it didn't exactly keep me on track either.

Since my run in December I have had good intentions in terms of going again, and that was my main plan for when at home. I managed to go once..... HA! At least once was better than not at all, specially as I couldn't go to the gym at home. I went with the boys who completely ran the socks off me; Ben ran ahead (he's 13!) and Luke (16) stayed with me for moral support. It was embarrassing how bad I was!

Luke had since done the same route again in 34mins.. only about 10mins quicker than me! Nevermind, something to aspire to! That run was a pain in the arse really. As I am sure you have probably realised, I don't like to do anything unless I can log it and I am a bit of a tech geek. I tracked that route with the Endomondo App which is great but I didn't have any pockets so had to hold my phone the whole way round. This wasn't great; there was a particularly muddy track we ran along which I decided to throw my phone on the floor and then Luke kicked it... dirty dirty phone! You can also do it using the Fitbit App but with my Fitbit One, I still had to have my phone for GPS and the Fitbit App not only needs a continuous internet connection (I live in the dark ages and don't have unlimited data), but also drains battery something awful! Luckily my phone has a pretty hefty case on it as I'm well known for being clumsy but this got me thinking.... It really is a pain having to carry is whenever you go on a run or anywhere you want to track..

A Few people got Fitbit's for Christmas so my friend list has grown! Jamie got a Fitbit Charge HR. I've looked at these and been really interested as I would like to have a heart rate monitoring device, but because it's a wrist tracker I have never gone for it because I can't wear it to work. However, seeing his did make me start thinking about it again. I have also wondered whether heart rate tracking would improve the accuracy of calorie burn when at the gym. I didn't research this but assumed that it would be more accurate and therefore went out at brought a Fitbit Surge! A bit spur of the moment but I love it!! I went for top of the range one in the end as I figured that buying the Surge was basically the same as my one but with the heart rate monitoring whereas the Surge has GPS tracking so no more dropping my phone in the mud! You can have two trackers assigned to the same account so I still wear my One to work and then wear my Surge the rest of the time.

I even ran round the block like I said I might..!!

Thats 3.2miles of the 5miles I wanted to achieve. I am happy with that so far! My average heart rate was 170bpm! I liked the watch GPS as it vibrated every mile and told me that my average pace was for the last completed mile, a good motivator!

I wore it to the gym this afternoon. It's calorie burn total compared to what the gym equipment suggested was pretty interesting..

This was the Surge's breakdown of my activity at the gym. The bike machine thought that I burned 147 calories, the watch 156. Not a lot of difference so that's probably relatively accurate. However, the weight machines totaled up suggested that I burned 457 calories, just a little different from the watch! Up until now I have just logged whatever my end calorie burn is at the end of my work out. In this instance this would have been 604 calories. But my Fitbit reckons it would only be 425 calories. using Fitbit's result, that would be 5.6 calories burned per minute VS. 7.9 calories a minute using the gyms result. Whilst out for my run, Fitbit said that I burned 9 calories a minute. So, I would guess that actually, my fitbit is far more reliable than the gym equipment  surely theres no way I can burn nearly as many calories a minute weight training as when out for a run!

I read an article which states that calculating calorie burn whilst strength training is really difficult and not that much. Therefore, I think listening to the Fitbit is definitely the way forward. Quite scary really because all these months I have been calorie counting based on what the gym equipment has told me. This means I have probably fluffed up my eating! Not that it has mattered too much, it's not like I'm actively trying to loose weight. But still! It's irritating!

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