Friday, August 2, 2013

Fitness Friday Link-Up

July was a quite a month for this girl. And as awesome as it was, I'm beyond ready for a fresh start this August. Because it turns out that having fun and hopping all over the Southeast isn't particularly great for a healthy lifestyle.

Which leads me to my link-up: Fitness Friday.

Last Friday I talked about how much I missed my gym. And I've finally got it back in my life and I'm already so excited. It's funny how just getting back to something that feels familiar will put you right back in a routine. 

I had done such a good job of eating right and kicking some butt in the gym all summer. Until July hit. If you haven't kept up with all that, just check out my last few posts. Utter chaos.

I fell off the wagon. Big time. Traveling back and forth and celebrating birthdays and eating like a king and not sleeping (like, ever) apparently isn't a good way to stay in shape. I'm almost positive I've gained about 10 pounds in the past month. So I've got about a week or two to get myself back on track before the semester gets out of control. 

My life savers?

If you've never seen either of these products before, let me be the first to tell you that they are absolutely amazing. I use them both to help me completely monitor my day. I've found that the combination of the two is ideal for someone who maybe needs a little bit more help keeping up with fitness/health while living a busy lifestyle. 

I wear my UP band throughout the day to monitor the number of steps I take, how well I sleep, and to track my food. You have to manually input workouts on the band though, which brings me to my Polar watch. 

This watch comes with a HRM strap that you have to wear while working out. With this strap, the watch can accurately tell you how many calories you burn in a workout based on your heart rate. Because, believe it or not, those numbers you see on your workout machine aren't always right. Now I can't workout without this watch on, I feel like I'm wasting my life away... Because I'm weird. 

If you are looking to effectively monitor your calories burned during your day, I highly, highly, highly suggest you invest in these little technology nuggets. It really has changed the way I workout and it has helped me track my overall health in so many ways. 

I started back to my normal schedule yesterday using these two and I'm so ready to get back on track with my fitness this month. 

If you've got any questions about these products or any other ones, ask away- I love helping!

Do you have either of these? How much do you love them?

xoxo, jgp

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