Tools for Success Part I: Gadgets
Sunday, March 01, 2009
I think I'm going to try to do a "series" of blogs about a series of different subjects. I'll start with things that I like to use to help me keep going toward my fitness and weight goals.
My absolute favorite gadget is my pedometer. I use an Omron HJ, and it's ALWAYS in my pocket. Most days, I manage to get in over 10,000 steps. The nice thing about the Omron is that besides counting steps, it registers "aerobic" steps and minutes. It counts anything that you did for 10 minutes or more as aerobic, as long as there were at least 60 steps per minute. I generally walk at about 100 steps per minute. The other great thing about my pedometer is that it has a memory, so I can look back at the past week to see how I've been doing.
My new gadget is an MP3 player. I got a Creative Zen MP3 player, and I like it very much. I don't like the ear buds, though. I think my right ear is a size smaller than the ear buds that came with my player. I'll be looking for something a little smaller. I bought this player thinking that I could have good music in it for exercising, especially walking. It turns out that I am weird about music, and I don't have a lot of "good workout music" in my personal music library. I've got lots of good "mellow out" music, though, so the cool-down portion of the workout is taken care of. I found a source for good workout music, though. It's a website called Cadence Revolution cadencerevolution.com/
There is a weekly free download of an hour-long workout. Last week's was great. I'm currently downloading this week's workout music. My one problem with an hour long workout is that my old dog can't go that fast for that long, so i have to leave him home, and he doesn't like being left ouf. I'd be happy to hear about how other folks use their iPod's and other music players for exercising and for other fitness activities. (I'm thinking mental fitness in this other activities category.)
Other gadgets: I don't really have any. A bunch of my spark friends have Heart Rate Monitors. I don't, and I don't really see that in my future, although they sound pretty cool.
What are your favorite gadgets for fitness? How do you use them?
Have a great gadgety week!