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Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbud Headphones are pretty rad. They have this in ear heart rate monitor that tracks your workout, distance and training zones. Paired with the Jabra Sports Life app on your smart phone, you will never miss a beat achieving those fitness goals! […]
Fitbit Charge HR wearable fitness tracker is perfect for the average consumer. I was on the hunt for the best fitness tracker / watch that is stylish. I wanted one that tracks different exercises, sleep at night, active heart-rate resting, heart rate working out, syncs to my Iphone and has a good app. Most of all, I wasn’t looking to spend a lot of money. I didn’t want to spend $300 on something I might grow bored of quickly.
I bought my Fitbit Charge HR in size large even tho my wrist is small. The silicon band is light and adjustable with belt buckles. It was nice to give my wrist some breathing room.
To begin with, I expected a lot out of the Fitbit. I expected good app features. And I doubted whether the watch’s basic black design was stylish enough for the office. Initially, I wanted it to have a bright colorful touchscreen like this the Polar A360. Because it just looks cool.
However, a few months has passed and I haven’t been able to find a wearable fitness technology that is able to beat what the Fitbit Charge HR does (in the same price point). While the little LED display clock is basic it is easy to turn your wrist and tell time. A light tap on the screen will display your heart-rate, steps or other data. The watch is comfortable to wear working out and also when you are pounding keys on the computer.
What makes the Fitbit Charge HR fun is the plethora list of items that you can challenge yourself or stay motivated with your #fitfam friends. Do everything you can to reach your daily steps for Goal Day or engage in the Workweek Hustle and try to get the most steps between Monday and Friday.
Personally, I like to set my exercise goals to at least 3 workouts in a week. If I am able to get an extra run in that will be a bonus.
The Fitbit App itself is intuitive and easy to use. The graphics are pleasing and the new software and firmware updates significantly improved syncing and tracking. It added automatic sleep and activity session tracking making it smoother and a more automated fitness tracker. Use Exercise Mode and SmartTrack™ automatic exercise recognition to record all of your workouts. Activate Exercise Mode on your tracker for the most precise tracking during workouts and real-time stats on your wrist.
Customize your heart-rate zones to optimize your training. The band helps me push for those peak heart rate zones when needed and stay within the fat burn zones I especially want to target during those Lagree megaformer workouts.
I wished Fitbit would sync and pair with My Fitness Pal and have a better nutrition tracking repertoire. For those, who already use My Fitness Pal, it is a nuisance to re-enter the data. In the end, I just gave up using this feature in my Fitbit app.
I also wish that it had an universal mini-USB adaptor instead of it’s own proprietary USB plug. The cable itself is also too short to plug behind my Mac. And I better remember to charge it at home (since I only have the one Fitbit cable).
Fitbit Charge HR Pros
- Long battery life over four days
- LED display for clock and quick tap for other data
- Automatically tracks sleep and exercise activities
- Comfortable to wear and adjustable
- Silent alarm: It vibrates and less abrasive then a blaring siren alarm.
- A great motivator to get moving and stay healthy.
Fitbit Charge HR Cons
- Proprietary USB charger. Don’t lose it. Mini USB would be so much better!
- Limited nutrition food tracking repertoire (and does not sync with My Fitness Pal)
- Sometimes I get too obsessed over my steps! Gotta get those steps in!
- It’s not exactly discrete: It is not very small and others will know you are wearing a fitness tracker. This doesn’t really bother me but it doesn’t scream formal wear either.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the Fitbit Charge HR and foresee myself getting a lot of mileage out of this wireless tracking fitness watch.
Have you ever worn a fitness tracker? Which one do you like best? Share with me in the comments below.
We’ve all been there: it’s Sunday afternoon and it’s starting to sink in that the weekend is almost over. You start thinking of all the items you’ll need to check off your priority list at work, the back-to-back meetings you’re in and the deadlines you have looming. Even if you love your job, when you’re stressed out (or feel under a lot of pressure), it might be difficult to stay focused and remain productive.
But the first step to success isn’t setting goals or staying late-night at the office: it’s taking care of yourself and your health. After all, if you aren’t at your best, you won’t give or perform your best. You don’t have to completely rethink everything you do, but you can start off each workday with a better, stronger attitude by making minor adjustments to your routine.
Here are little changes you can do for yourself before noon to become a healthier and more positive person at your workplace. By making these things a habit, you’ll start to feel more confident and ready to tackle whatever comes your way:
5 Things You Should Every Day Before Noon to Build Productivity
Drink 8 ounces of water as soon as you wake up.
Chances are you need more water than ever before: not only because you’re working out more (go you!) but because it’s summer and the hotter temperatures mean your body absorbs hydration faster. Before you reach for that morning brew, try to down a glass of hot or cold water in the morning. This will jumpstart your metabolism, purify your system and most importantly, release tension in your brain from lack of sleep, stress or fatigue. Some studies even show that the more often you drink water first thing in the morning, the more you’ll crave it during the day. If you need added flavor, throw in a lime or lemon slice.
Instead of hitting snooze, try a yoga stretch.
Especially after a weekend that went by way too fast, your temptation to sleep for ‘just five more minutes’ can actually make you less rested and productive. Your body is restless and even if you fall back to sleep, it isn’t the quality sleep that you actually need to feel replenished. If you need those extra minutes of rest, forget the Zzz’s and go for the Om’s. Yoga stretches are a great way to energize yourself. Ease into a child’s pose, do some cat and cow movement, and even a few sun salutations if you want to wake up your full body. Easy stretching sequences help to get your blood flowing and your body primed for the day.
Choose exercise when you can.
Though you might not have time to take a class every single morning or go for a run outdoors, the more often you move your body, the more productive you will be. Getting active not only will give you a positive surge of energy, but endorphins help reduce your stress levels, too. Consider all of the ways that you could add in a little movement to your day-to-day routine: ask your supervisor or assistant to have a walking catch-up meeting instead of a stationary one. Park a little further away from the office or get off a train stop earlier so you work out your legs before sitting for eight hours. Even tiny changes can make big impacts.
Fuel your body with the right kind of food.
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In fact, recent studies have even indicated that breakfast is so crucial, you should eat it twice: when you wake up and mid-morning. Why is that? Eating healthy proteins, vitamins, nutrients and grains when you’re first getting your day started provides the energy you need for the rest of your day. Especially with an active lifestyle, your body needs the right kinds of foods right from the start of your day. Try these high-fiber breakfast ideas that are easy and a great option for anyone.
Block off time to strategize.
We all have smaller tasks at work that while important, can also distract us from the overall picture. Every single day (yep, Monday through Friday) – set aside at least 10 minutes to strategize the big projects and priorities you have in your pipeline. Your brain is the most refreshed in the morning – and ready to get things done – so make sure to use it’s early A.M. power to your advantage. You can clean up your inbox or wipe down your desk in the afternoon when you start to hit a mid-afternoon slump.
Lagree West Vancouver is a fitness studio that offers Megaformer workout classes. Beyond these doors will make you shake, sweat and quiver like never before. You will say, “I never knew those muscles even existed!” I must admit, I didn’t know exactly what I was […]
Beyonce debut Ivy Park activewear collection launch today. Now it’s time to sweat it out like Beyonce. Wear Bey-designed clothes and work out like a pro with ClassPass. Ivy Park is now a full-fledged fashion label in corroboration and co-owned 50/50 with Topshop’s owner, Sir Philip Green.
Here’s my picks for Beyonce’s debut Ivy Park.
This is so exciting! This is something that has been in the works for awhile. Finally, I am able to share this with you! I have been using ClassPass for a year now since their initial Vancouver launch. It is awesome. I love it so much and have found it super motivating to staying healthy!
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I used to have three different monthly gym memberships: one yoga, one fitness center and one spin cycle. It was exhausting paying and keeping track of how many “classes” I had left! Gym memberships are pricey. Actually, speaking of that, I think I still have some yoga classes left… opps!
Now, I just pay for one gym membership with just one pass – ClassPass $99 CAD per month. It has the largest network of fitness studios. Work out as often as you while doing different fitness classes, every day. Average class costs about $20 drop in. So in just five classes you are already saving money. Your economies of scale increases.
There are constantly new studios added. This week, there was 8 new studios: One Yoga, Baza Dance, Tantra Fitness, Bridge and Enrich Yoga, The Yoga Root, Cardio Cabaret, The Hive Yoga and Go Yoga & Fitness.
One other thing that I love ClassPass so much is their app! It makes booking a class soooo easy! You can book up to a week in advance and view your entire week’s workout on your smart phone! Filter tools to find your next workout based on time, location, instructor or amenities (showers, lockers, etc). Add reminders to your calendar sweat free!
If you are wonder what my favorite Vancouver fitness studios include: Spin Society, Cadence, Eastwood Cycle. Tight Club Athletics, Kondi Fitness is always tops my list. In fact, I like it so much, we gave away a 30 day Spin Cycle Pass with Spin Society!