Friday, March 4, 2011

Healthy Living Weekly Post: Fitness Gadgets

There are so many fitness gadgets out these days, from pedometers to iphone apps to special shoes & clothing for every activity or sport. For many years, my favorite exercise was walking, which doesn't require anything but a good pair of shoes. However, over the past few years, I've acquired a few gadgets that I enjoy and thought I would share with y'all today.

First, my pedometer which Robbie gave me as a birthday gift several years ago. This one actually came with headphones and a built in radio, but I rarely use that feature. I typcially slip it on when I'm heading out for an exercise walk to measure how far I walk. This particular pedometer shows results in miles, kilometers, calories and steps. My favorite thing about this gadget is that I can track how far I've walked, compare that to the time I walked and see if my speed is increasing over a period of time. I'm hoping to use this much more now that spring is arriving!

For walking, I love my Sketchers Shape-Ups. These new shoes are perfect for walking. I decided when I got them for Christmas in 2009 that I would only wear them when I was out for an exercise walk. Obviously from the looks of them, I did not do much walking in 2010 - that's about to change!

Over the past six months, my favorite exercise has been using the stationary bike. The model we have has a display area that shows the time you've ridden, number of miles, calories burned, pulse rate (as long as you are holding the handlebars, which I rarely do because I read while I ride), and speed. I record each ride in my calendar so I can compare how I'm doing. Since last September, I have increased the tension (how difficult it is to pedal) from level one to level three. On level three, I was originally averaging 8 miles in 30 minutes, however that has increased to an average of right at 9 miles over the past several months.

My newest gadget is a heart rate monitor that Robbie gave me for Christmas this past year. I wear this model like a watch and when I press it down with the index finger on my other hand, it determines my heart rate. It also has a watch, chronograph, countdown timer, and calorie display. I like that I can wear this anytime and can track how long I've exercised and how many calories I've burned.

And the last gadget that I like for healthy living motivation isn't really a gadget at all, it's my blog. The fact that I've committed to posting each week about healthy living motivates me in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. For example, today I wanted to share about my gadgets and give you an example of how the stationary bike display compares to my new heart rate monitor display when I ride for 30  minutes, so of course I had to ride the bike! :>) Here are the results from today's ride - 30 minutes on level three, 8.91 miles. The bike says I burned 373 calories and the heart rate monitor (which takes into account gender and age and which I used to check my heart rate every three minutes) says I burned 403 calories. [You guessed it, I like the heart rate monitor better! LOL]

I'm so glad I have these gadgets to help me in my quest for healthy living, but I must remind myself that they don't do anything if they are just sitting on a shelf not being used! Next week I'll share about some of my exercise equipment (weights, jump rope, etc) and how often I use those items. [Now that should motivate me to use some of them this week!] Do you have any gadgets that you use to help motivate you to exercise? What about gadgets that are just sitting on the shelf that need to be used?


  1. I guess, aside from my treadmill, I don't have any gadgets. I've been thinking about getting some sort of pedometer or maybe the nike ipod thingo, but right now I just have to get back into the habit of moving more

  2. My newest gadget is an iPod Nano. It has a pedometer built in and I can listen to music as I'm walking on the treadmill. I don't think I'd manage without it! It replaced an older iPod that was slowly dying. I love its tiny size, too.

  3. I love the idea of reading while you ride! The Doctor's talked about getting an exercise bike, I'll have to give it some serious thought now you've planted that idea in my head :-)


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